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We do hundreds of roofs each year, and a lot of people wonder what we look for when we recommend shingle repairs or full roof replacements. We’re only half-way through 2016, but we’ve already seen a lot of extreme weather – from snow and deep cold in winter, to the blistering heat of the summer. Be on the lookout for how weather exposure and ventilation can affect your roof.

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Signs of Damage
The easiest thing to look for: shingles that are lifting and curling. We take this as a serious indication that your roof needs attention and that it’s in need of repair as soon as possible.

Shingles with curling or worn edges should be attended to. They are likely to blow off (in high winds) or fall off (after winter), leaving your roof and home vulnerable to further damage.

Causes of Roof Damage
The main reasons that shingles curl and degrade are:
– winter
– existing material of poor quality or installation
– under-ventilation
Sun and rain are less damaging than extreme heat or extreme cold and snow. Ottawa has one of the most dramatic temperature ranges in the world. The constant expanding and contracting of the roof aids in shingles losing their adhesion.

If your home is in Ottawa, it is required to withstand a lot of extreme weather. It’s recommended that you’re attentive to the signs that they’re nearing the end of their lifespan.

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Preventing Damage
Making sure your roof is constructed with high quality materials by high quality installers are the two most important things when ensuring roof longevity. Consider the long-term costs of ownership of a home/roof when you make this decision. A cheap repair every year or two will end up costing considerably more than a one-time investment of a well constructed roofing system, lasting up to 50 years.

Remember – directly under your roof lies the attic space. If it is well ventilated, it will play a major role stabilizing the effects of its inside temperature, and therefore, condition of your attic. Adequate ventilation will help keep your shingles in better shape for a much longer period of time. Conversely, a hot attic can shorten the life of your shingles by essentially ‘baking’ them from underneath. Under-ventilation can also result in excess heat and moisture in the attic, and eventually mold.

A expert inspection or roof servicing can help extend your roofs lifespan, so make sure you get a professional opinion from Remember Me Roofing Inc.

Deal With Damage ASAP
Don’t let problems get worse! A missing or curling shingle is a leak waiting to happen. You depend on your roof to keep you dry and protected from the elements. You can rely on us to keep your homes structure, condition and decor at it’s highest value.

So take a peek at your roof – out of an upstairs window, from across the street, or from your neighbours or your own backyard and see if you can spot any shingles in need of repair. We hope you’re protected and in good shape for years to come – but if you find any problems, “Remember Me”, and we’ll consult with you on how to address the situation at hand.