Some of the most common questions we receive at Trudel & Sons Roofing Ltd have to do with an existing roof system, or specific issues, such as leaks and water damage on ceilings. As our website may not be able to answer specific questions regarding your roof or project, feel free to give us a call at any time to discuss your question or problem.
Q: How can a homeowner recognize when a roof system has problems?
A: All too often, roof system problems are discovered after leaking or other serious damage has already occurred. Periodic (twice yearly) inspections often can uncover cracked, warped, or missing shingles; loose seams and deteriorated flashings; excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or downspouts; and other visible signs of roof system problems. Indoors, look for cracked paint, discoloured plasterboard and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof areas.
Q: My roof leaks. Do I need to have it replaced completely?
A: Not necessarily. Leaks can result from flashings that have come loose or a section of the roof system has been damaged. A complete roof system failure, however, generally is irreversible and a result of improper installation, choice of materials, or the roof system installation is inappropriate for the home or building.
Q: How much will a new roof system cost?
A: The price of a new roof system varies widely depending on such things as choice of materials, contractor, home or building style, location of the home or building, local labour rates, and time of year. To get a good idea of the price of your roof system, get three or four proposals from reputable contractors in your area. Keep in mind that price is only one factor, and it must be balanced with the quality of the materials and workmanship.
For each roofing material, there are different grades and corresponding prices. There also are a variety of styles and shapes. You need to look at the full product range and make a choice based on your budget and needs.
Within the roofing profession, there are different levels of expertise and craftsmanship. Insist on a contractor who has a record of doing quality work and is committed to doing the same for your project.
Q: What are the different types of roofing?
A: A roof is one of the most visible parts of the home. They also take a barrage of torture from rain, hail, heat, wind, and snow. There are different types of systems and the most common types of roofing materials include:
Asphalt Shingles— The most popular roofing used in Canada today. Asphalt shingles can be reinforced with either fibreglass or organic shingles with the former being more popular.
Wood Shingles or Shakes– These are usually made from treated cedar.
Tile– Tile is considered a highly durable roofing material, but can get quite expensive.
Metal– Several types of metal roofs are available, such as flat locked copper. Metal roofing can be broken down into two groups: architectural and structural.
Q: How long does it take to replace a roof?
A: Replacing a roof, whether on a commercial or residential building, is a labour intensive project and — depending on the type of roof — could take anywhere from a few days to two or more weeks. The time involved is substantially affected by the weather as well. Wind, snow, rain, or even just the threat of inclement weather can slow the process considerably.
For built-up roofs, removing and replacing the roof will probably proceed at a rate of approximately 1,500 square feet per day. For single-ply roofs, the rate is closer to 2,000 to 4,000 square feet per day. Careful planning and close project management can reduce some of the delays caused by bad weather.
Q: Can I do the work myself?
A: Most work should not be done yourself. Professional roofing contractors are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace roof systems. You can damage your roof system by using improper roofing techniques and severely injure yourself by falling off or through the roof.
Maintenance performed by home and building owners should be confined to inspecting roof systems during the fall and spring to check for cracked or curling shingles and cleaning gutters filled with dead leaves and other debris. If you must inspect your roof system yourself, use a firmly braced or tied-off ladder equipped with rubber safety feet. Wear rubber-soled shoes and stay on the ladder (and off the roof system), if possible.