Now is the Time to Check for Leaks and Repair Your Roof
The first half of July brought some much needed rain with it, but it is now looking like summer has finally arrived in Vancouver. Summer time is the perfect time for roofing leak detection and roof repair in Vancouver. Find and fix those leaks before the fall rains return. Here are some things you should check this summer.
Flashing is used to direct water away from vulnerable areas where different roofing sections come together. For example, flashing may be used around the base of a brick chimney between it and the shingles. Flashing diverts water away from these joints toward where it should be running to. The most common flashing material is metal, but other materials can be used. Often winter storms and winds can damage and loosen flashing. Damaged flashing means water could be running into areas it should not be. Look for bent, or loose flashing, and make sure it is repaired.
The most common type of shingles used in residential housing is asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles protect the roof from UV damage from the sun, and damage from wind and rain by directing water toward the gutters. However, these shingles can break down over time, losing granules to sun, water and wind damage. They can also be damaged by moss that is left to grow. Damaged, broken or worn-out shingles need to be replaced to prevent water from running into the roof plywood.
Finally, fall and winter storms could impede proper drainage. Your gutters may be backed up and clogged due to fallen leaves and other debris. Gutters and downspouts could be bent or falling off. Make sure you examine all of your drain systems and clean out any debris to ensure it is ready for the fall rains.
Summer is the perfect time for checking your roof for leaks and repairing anything. If this job is outside of your comfort zone, perhaps consider having 604FixLeak come and make sure your roof is ready for fall.