If you're building a home, moving into a new one, or doing some renovations, a great way to improve the look of your house (or add curb appeal if you're trying to sell) is to update your roofing. Shingles come in a number of styles and materials from which you can choose one that accents your home's exterior. Shingles can be made of asphalt, clay, tile, wood, stone, metal, and more, each with their own look and level of durability. Take a trip to a roofing supply store and look over their displays and catalogue. You're sure to find something that fits your vision of a perfect home. Within the next few years, sustainble energy roofing options such as solar shingles will be commonplace. Solar panels and shingles can supplement your energy usage, reduce your carbon footprint, and save money on bills. Installing sustainable energy infrastructure also qualifies you for tax credits. It's already possible, although currently rather expensive, to power your entire home just off of your own supply of solar energy.
Avoid damage caused by degraded roofing underlay and shingles
Your roof takes quite a beating over the course of a year. It puts up with rain, heat, wind, and frost, preventing the inside of your house from various symptoms of exposure. If your shingles and weatherproofing have degraded over time, you could be at risk of developing water damage and mold inside your walls. For every homeowner, ensuring that the house is watertight should be a priority, as failing to do so could prove to be costly in the future. Having a roofing company come regularly (every couple of years) to check the integrity of your roof has the long term benefit of helping you avoid expensive repairs and more than a few headaches.
Problems with faulty roofing
Given enough time and stress, shingles will naturally start to crack and peel up from the roof. Given even more time, the underlay will deteriorate as well, allowing small amounts of water inside the walls of your home where it can cause various forms of damage and decay. Minor water damage is considered to be a mostly aesthetic issue. Discolored roofing underlay, wall interiors, and possibly drywall and ceilings are all symptoms of the presence of unwelcome moisture. If you notice such discoloration, have it professionally inspected right away to determine the source of the leak and the extent of the damage.
Major water damage can come in various forms depending on where exactly the water gets in, and is very serious. If left untreated, it can make your home unsafe to live in for various reasons. Long term water damage can cause drywall in walls and ceilings to crumble, electrical systems to decay and short circuit, and framing and structural supports to weaken, which in absolute worst case scenarios can cause the house to collapse. It also causes the development of molds that if left to grow unchecked can lead to respiratory issues. A full home inspection should include an assessment of the integrity of your roofing, but if this hasn't been done in a while, contact a roofing company with information about your home and its history to determine whether or not your roof is overdue for a check-up.
Rhino Roofing are Vancouver Island’s home and commercial roofing specialists. With 40 years combined experience working with asphalt, cedar, metal, tile, EPDM rubber, and torch on-systems, the team at Rhino Roofing are able to fit your house with the ideal roofing material for your situation.