Signs Your Calgary Home Needs a New Roof

Century Roofing Limited is a family owned and operated business that was incorporated in February, 1981 in Calgary, Alberta. Three generations of our family have been your neighbour in Calgary. Our strength is directly attributable to the level of qualified, dedicated and skilled neighbours we employ and to our commitment to customer satisfaction. While we are in the roofing business, we’re also good neighbours and as such, offer this advice for our neighbours who may be questioning whether or not it’s time to repair or replace their roof.

Most homeowners figure they need a new roof after they spot a leak in their ceiling. However, inspecting your roof regularly and making little fixes as needed can prevent some costly repairs down the road.

Here are some tips to help you determine if you need a new roof:

Roof age: Most experts agree that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years.

Shingles curling and buckling: Look at the slopes of your home that get direct sunlight and if you notice the shingles are curling and losing granules, it could mean the shingles are past their life expectancy.

Roof valleys: Snow and rain flow through valleys and into gutters. If the valley is compromised, you could be susceptible to roof leaks.

Missing shingles: are another sign your roof could be failing.

Chimney flashing: If your flashing consists of roof cement or tar, it may need to be replaced with a long-term, water-tight fitting, which would be a metal flashing system.

Gutters: Roofs tend to lose more shingle granules toward the end of their life cycle. Inconsistent or darker colour on some parts of the roof is another sign the granules have worn away.

Daylight: Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. Also, check for moisture in the insulation.

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends you do a roof inspection at least two times a year -- spring and fall. Your roof is what keeps you and your family safe from the sun and snow, lightning and rain. Keeping your roof in good condition will prevent serious damage and it’s a big plus if you decide to sell your home.

Calgary’s harsh weather can limit your roof’s life. Whether you need a new roof or simply need replacement shingles, call Century Roofing Limited at 403-235-5457 for a free estimate.