Porch Roof Replacement: Is It Time?

Our Vancouver Weather Can Accelerate The Need To Replace That Roof On Your Porch

Is there anything better than sitting on a porch? There’s something special about these wonderful spaces—half indoor, half outdoor, and the perfect place to listen to a Vancouver rainstorm or to enjoy a cup of coffee on a lazy weekend morning.

A porch is the perfect place to watch the world go by, but, like anything, in order to make them last, they need upkeep. Roofs especially need some regular attention and care. And eventually, they will need replacing.

You might be wondering: How Do I Know When My Porch Needs A Roof Replacement?

Porch roofs can last anywhere from ten to twenty years, depending on the kind of weather it is subject to. In places like Maple Ridge it rains a lot, a porch roof will undergo a different kind of wear and tear than in other cities. So it’s a good idea to get annual and professional inspections done on both your house and your porch’s roofs.

It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on things yourself throughout the year. Here are a couple of telltale signs that a porch roof replacement is in the cards.

Sagging Or Concave Roof

If you notice that there are soft spots in the roof where it appears to be sagging, this is a sure sign that the roof needs some repair and perhaps a replacement.

Water Stains Are Starting To Appear

Brown stains that appear on the ceiling inside a porch is often a sign that there is pooling water. Even if the mark is small, this can point toward major roof damage and internal leaking and it’s a good idea to get it looked at immediately.

Address Those Leaks

Leaks might not be as apparent or seem as much of a big deal on the porch as it would inside the home since people and pets are tracking dirt and puddles in and out. But if you notice a leak, it should be addressed as soon as possible.

Inspect The Shingle Damage

Whatever kind of shingle you have on your roof — whether it’s slate, shake or ceramic — it’s a good idea to climb up a ladder and check for damage every so often. Especially after the Vancouver rainy season or if there was a strong summer storm. Checking for damage to the shingles means that you might be able to catch a problem while it’s small.

It’s good to remember that repairs are easier and far less expensive than entire roof replacements. Here are a few things you can do to prolong the life of your porch roof.

  • Keep it clean and free of debris
  • Prune surrounding trees
  • Prevent critters from building nests and homes in the nooks and crannies of your porch roof
  • Get small repairs taken care of as soon as a problem appears
  • Hire an experienced roofing contractor to do annual inspections

Like anything, the more you care for something, the longer it will usually last. This is especially true for roofs. And when it comes to porch roofs, the more you can enjoy them, the better.

If you are in the market for a roof inspection, our experienced roofing team at Taves Roofing is happy to help. Contact us today.

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