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What To Look For In A Roofing Contractor

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Buying a home is most likely the biggest investment that most people will make in their lifetime. The roof that covers your home may have... The post What To Look For In A Roofing Contractor appeared first on My Green Home Blog .




 

 

Buying a home is most likely the biggest investment that most people will make in their lifetime. The roof that covers your home may have many different angles, layers and even levels that need to be in perfect condition to protect your family, belongings and the home. All the different elements of a roof must work as a unit to keep out the different types of weather conditions that occur yearly. Leaks in a roof that go undetected can cause mold damage throughout the home and impair the health of everyone living in the home. Quality roofs need leak barriers and the proper attic ventilation to protect the home against leaks. The attic is not the only place where mold can start growing. Any leak of moisture into air ducts, wall cavities or the basement can create mold damage. 

Homeowners who are experiencing any kind of a leak in their home should contact a professional roofing contractor to inspect the home completely and repair all leaks properly. An experienced contractor can detect flashing that is leaking, leaks around the chimney or shingles that are missing, warped or damaged. If moisture damage is occurring in the home, it could lead to serious illnesses for infants, young children, pregnant women and the elderly living in the home. Those with weak immune systems could be facing respiratory problems, congestion, dry hacking cough, and nervous system problems.

More than 50 percent of all leaks happen because of poor installation of the flashing around skylights, dormers, and chimneys. A reliable contractor will have the knowledge of how roofing systems work. A professional contractor will inspect to make sure the flashing is galvanized or properly painted to prevent rust and that the nails are covered with tar to keep the water from penetrating the flashing. He will also check to make sure the flashing is overlapped by counter flashing, shingles or by the siding on the home. Water runs down, so if everything is properly installed the water will not seep under any siding or flashing. For extra protection in the valleys of the roof, professional roofing contractors will also use a valley starter strip.

Roof valleys need to be protected to keep the water, ice and snow from building up. Professionals now use metal in the valleys and leave them open instead of enclosing it. By enclosing the valleys with shingles, the shingles can retain the moisture and the valleys of the roof would be damaged. With metal flashing and leaving the valleys open, the moisture can run off and the roof will be protected. A reliable, experienced roofing contractor with the right equipment and knowledge can repair your roof and prevent moisture damage to your home.

Author Bio:

John MacMore blogs about the construction industry, advising his readers how and where to find roofing contractors in Calgary online. For top rated roofing services in the Calgary area, John highly recommends visiting calgaryroofingdoneright.com/residential-roofing-system to learn more about the residential roofing services offered by Done Right Roofing.

 

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