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How Often Should I Have My Roof Inspected?

By | Roof Inspection

Summer is a busy time for roofing contractors, especially in Vancouver. Long stretches of rainless days make it ideal to do large scale roof replacements and repairs. Many of these jobs are booked long in advance because the building owners stick to a strict inspection and maintenance schedule. They get their roofs inspected regularly, fix problems as they arise and know that staying ahead of roofing issues is a worthwhile investment.

Roof inspections are just that investments that save you money in the long run. Roofs undergo a great deal of year-round wear and tear. They are exposed to the elements and have to withstand whatever comes their way, from drastic swings in temperature to weather systems like wind and rain storms, hail and even snow these days. And roofs are tasked with the very important job of keeping the contents of a building, including the people living in it, safe and dry.

Roof Inspections Are Important

Roofs are made to last years. Depending on the materials used, they should hold up for at least a decade. But problems can arise unexpectedly. So, how often should you have your roof inspected?

The general answer is that you should have a professional inspect your roof at least once per year, with the building owner performing regular, year-round care, especially after bad weather.

Usually, the spring or fall are when most people hire professional roofers to do thorough roof inspections. In the spring, roofers will assess whether or not there has been any damage from the previous rainy weather. In the fall, repairs can be made before the rain starts.

Its also important for homeowners to keep an eye on things between professional inspections, and to clear away any debris or hazards that might cause an issue. Some of the things to look out for include:

  • Broken or missing shingles
  • Spreading moss or algae
  • Cracked or missing sealant and caulk
  • Damaged, loose, buckling or hanging gutters
  • Evidence of a crumbling chimney
  • Overgrown trees and rotted branches nearby

If you notice any of these issues, either take care of them with safety in mind and taking precautions if youre climbing ladders or walking on the roof. If the problem seems serious, or if it requires skills beyond what you possess or is in a spot that you dont feel comfortable accessing, call a professional right away.

Another important type of inspection a homeowner can perform is to keep an eye on things from inside your home, always watching for discolouration if it appears in patches on the ceiling. This could point to a serious problem that might not be visible from the outside. However, if you have a professional performing your roof inspection, they should be able to catch these problems.

Roofs dont fix themselves, problems only get worse in time so its imperative to catch them early on. Roof inspections should be added to a part of an annual maintenance schedule, much like car maintenance or an annual check-up with your doctor.

If you would like to book a roof inspection or have any questions about your roof, give us a call. Our roof professionals at Taves Roofs are always happy to help.

Flat Roof Replacement Or Repair Tips

By | Flat roof, Roof Inspection, Roof Repairs, Roof Replacement, Roofing Contractor

Tips For Your Commercial Flat Roof Replacement

We recently read a great quote: If you take care of your roof, it will take care of you. A simple sentence that sums up the cardinal rule of roofing.

Roofs come in many different forms and vary depending on both climate, and the preferences of the designer or homeowner. But whether it’s a pitched roof or flat, all roofs require care and attention. And the better a person cares for their roof, the longer it will last, the more money they will save, and the fewer headaches they will suffer.

We’re going to focus on flat roofs in this post, and offer some advice on how to check for signs of damage and what to do if damage is noticed.

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What to look for in a roof when buying a home

By | Roof Inspection, Roofing Contractor

Roof Inspection Tips From A Roofing Contractor When Buying A New Home

Buying a house is generally the biggest investment a person will make in a lifetime. And there is much to consider before signing the papers. A person has to think about the neighbourhood, the layout, style, and size of a house. There is also an emotional investment — thinking about the house into the future, how you and your family will grow into it and what kind of changes and improvements you will make over time.

Perhaps the most important thing to consider is the condition of the house. You want to have a close inspection of elements like the house’s structural stability and age, you should also take a careful look at the house’s roof. In a place like Vancouver, where the weather has drastic swings between seasons, knowing about the condition of the roof is incredibly important.

A roof is arguably the most important element of a house — it keeps the occupants and their possessions sheltered and safe. And if a roof is damaged, the expense to fix it can be very costly.

In order to make sure that the roof is in acceptable condition, there are certain steps you can take.
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When Do Commercial Roofs Need an Inspection?

By | Commercial Roof, Roof Inspection

Vancouver Commercial Roofing Inspections

Like all buildings, commercial buildings require inspection and maintenance. Since most commercial buildings have flat roofs, they should be on a different inspection schedule than homes, which generally have slanted roofs. Especially in a city like Vancouver, where the rainy season puts added pressure on drainage systems and roofing membrane, the potential for leaks is much higher than in other cities. When it comes to commercial buildings, where a leak can cause damage to things like inventory, we recommend that a commercial roof should be inspected twice a year.
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Which Roofing Materials Last The Longest?

By | Roof Inspection, Roof Repairs, Roofing Materials, Vancouver

The Longest Lasting Roofing Materials On The Market

When it comes to deciding on a new roof for your home, there are plenty of factors to consider. One of the most important questions people have when making the decision to repair and replace a roof is, which roofing material lasts the longest? It’s an important question, but the answer can be tricky to get to, so we’re here to help you determine the answer.
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When to replace your roof

Is It Time For A Roof Replacement?

By | Roof Inspection, Roof Repairs, Roof Replacement, Roofing, Roofing Contractor

Home ownership is a privilege and joy that many people work toward for their entire lives. But along with owning a home comes maintaining a home, whether it is something simple like keeping the lawn mowed or the windows cleaned. But every now and again, homes need larger repairs, hopefully none too major too often. And one area to be aware of is your roof because eventually, all roofs need replacing.
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