Should you replace or repair an existing roof in Edmonton?

If you are confused between whether you should go for roof repair or replacement, then it is important for Edmonton house owners to consider the below given factors. If these factors are valid for your roof, then you should immediately go for replacement. If you are thinking of roof replacement, then you should choose a reliable metal roofing company in Edmonton. A metal roof has its own set of benefits and has become quite common in Toronto.

  • The condition and age of the roof shingles
  • The climatic condition of the area
  • Your budget
  • Your plan of living in that house
  • Your life stage

The life of your shingles

Well, the asphalt shingles have a durability of 15 to 20 years with a warranty period of around 30 to 50 years. If your roof has been 15 years or more, then you have a great chance of getting it replaced soon.

Noticeable signs of deterioration and damage to your shingles

Wear and tear leaves noticeable shingle damage such as cracking, splitting, crevices, clawing, growth of mould or algae and blistering. Constant exposure to the sun, extreme weather conditions such as high winds, snowfall, hail and rain all add to the weathering, forcing the shingles to age prematurely.

One of the most common issues is exposure to the harmful ultraviolet rays. Because prairies cities such as Edmonton and Calgary receive more than 2300 hours of sunlight yearly, this can have a disastrous effect on the asphalt shingles.

On old roofs, the side which face the sun are seen to have more damage in comparison to the shaded part. The damage can further transform to cracks and curled shingles and in severe cases can rot, shrink or wipe out the safety layer of the shingle. If you notice such a state of your shingles, then it is time to go for metal roofing.

Metal roofs are not just resistant to extreme weather conditions, but they also have a lifespan of 40-50 years. They don’t get weathered so easily and withstand high wind, snowfall and UV rays more effectively than asphalt shingles.

Roof leaks

Leakage in roof can occur from:

  • Missing shingles (shingles may have blown away because of high wind)
  • Poor installation (along with bad installation of vents and flashings)
  • Water puddles and ice dams

Roof leaks do not always mean that you need to go for a roof replacement. However, you need to hire a roofing contractor who will inspect your roof first to measure the amount of the damage.  

In order to ensure the longevity of your roof, it is essential that you immediately address the leakage issues. At AMT Roofing, our qualified and experienced roof contractors will do a full-fledged inspection and report the cause of the leakage and the desired course of action. If there is a small problem, it will be repaired but if your roof has prevalent issues and need extensive work then you should go for roof replacement. Call them now and get your roof inspected!