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Tips & Tricks For Choosing The Best Roofing Contractor

Hello once again everyone. I’m Cary from Best Quality Roofers Salmon Arm.

Today on Best Quality Roofers TV, I’m going to talk to you about Tips For Choosing The Best Roofing Contractor

You don’t want to make a mistake and hire the wrong roofing contractor, one that cuts corners or doesn’t do a safe or thorough job. These tips will help you to make the right choice when it comes to choosing a reliable and experienced contractor for your home’s roof in Salmon Arm, especially if you don’t know much about roofing.

Know the Materials You Need

It’s essential that you are happy with the way your new roof looks, and of course, you also want it to add value to your home when it comes time to sell it. A company with plenty of different options means they probably have just what you are looking for, while a company with limited material options may not be the right company to repair or replace your roof.

Use a Local Company

Not only does a local company have the required familiarity with local codes and local suppliers, but a company with strong ties to the local area can also often be trusted more than a large, national company. And working with a local company also means that you are helping your local economy. A local roofing company can often save you money as they have strong relationships with local suppliers, and you can be assured that they will take the time to get the job done right the first time.

Use Only the Best Materials

You can enjoy peace of mind if you know that the roof over your head is made from the best quality materials, which will last for as long as you need them to and will do the best job of protecting your home and family. A reputable roofing company will always provide you with a guarantee and take pride in the quality of their materials as well as their work. Even the best contractors can’t do an excellent job with inferior materials.

Look For a Free Estimate

Always ask for a free no obligation estimate from at least one roofing company, and if possible get that in writing. You can budget for your repairs or replacement roof much more effectively if you compare prices ahead of time and have all the information you can gather. Roofing can cost a lot and affect your home’s budget for the next few years, making good communication a must.

Does Your Roofing Contractor have Insurance?

Every homeowner understands just how essential it is to have adequate insurance, and you should only work with a roofing contractor with the right insurance coverage. A good contractor will have workers’ compensation insurance as well as liability insurance, and you can be protected from a claim or lawsuit against you if your contractor has full coverage. Don’t be afraid to ask to see the insurance verification of any roofing company that you are interested in working with; as mentioned above, excellent communication is a must, and you also need to be able to trust your chosen company 100 percent.

If you are looking for a roofing contractor in Salmon Arm, call us at Best Quality Roofers Salmon Arm or visit our website.

Thanks for watching this episode of Best Quality Roofers TV. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more episodes and more tips for your roof.

By | 2018-08-09T18:37:11+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Roof Maintenance, Roofing Contractor|

Critical Signs Your Roof Needs Repairs

Hello again everyone! I’m Cary from Best Quality Roofers Osoyoos back again for another episode of Best Quality Roofers TV. Today, I’m going to talk to you about Critical Signs Of A Failing Roof

You can avoid costly repairs by keeping a close eye on your roof. Learn how to spot problems with these seven danger signs before they severely impact your wallet.

Number 1: A leak in the attic.

You can take a look in the attic for signs of leaking after a wind-driven rain or strong storm. Ice dams can cause water to enter your home if you don’t have a proper shingle underlayment or if the flashing (the steel or aluminum used over roof joints like chimneys and pipes) has deteriorated.

Number 2: Blistering or peeling interior or exterior paint.

The cause for paint that peels off is most likely the trapped moisture in the house due to high humidity or excess temperature from poor attic ventilation. The air in the attic must flow freely from the soffit to the ridge to reduce humidity. Make sure that there is a vent in areas such as the bathroom and kitchen. Also, dryers must vent outside.

Number 3: Stains on interior ceilings and walls; mold or mildew growth.

The stains and mold growth inside your home may be caused by inadequate or faulty shingle underlayment which is allowing water to get into the house. Inadequate ventilation which causes excessive moisture can also be the culprit, conditions which help mold and mildew to thrive.

Number 4: Exterior decay, sheeting, and/or siding.

Any condition that results in excess moisture such as poor attic ventilation can contribute to decay. One way to fix the problem is to create a vapor barrier between the insulation and the house which can decrease the amount of moisture that goes into a wall.

Number 5: Missing, cracked, or curled shingles.

If your shingles are dry or practically break when touched, it means that it is time to invest in a new roof.

Number 6: Dark, “dirty-looking” areas on your roof.

It could mean that your roof has vegetation, mold, fungus, or algae growth, or that the protective granules of the shingles have been lost. It does not mean that you need to replace your roof, but these stains can reduce the appeal. You can clean the shingles, but that could shorten their life.

Number 7: Excessive energy costs.

Insufficient attic ventilation can be a possible cause of higher cooling costs because it requires the cooling system to run excessively. Inadequate ventilation will trap hot air in the attic in warm weather, causing the air-conditioning systems to work harder. This will leave your home’s interior hotter and less comfortable. Moisture in the attic can become trapped and condense on the rafters in both hot and cold weather if it is not insulated correctly. This moisture can drip down to the insulation and reduce its effectiveness and increase energy costs.

If you have concerns about any of these items, give us a call at Best Quality Roofers Osoyoos or visit our website to find out more.

Thanks for watching this episode of Best Quality Roofers TV. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more episodes and more tips for your roof.

By | 2018-08-09T16:55:59+00:00 August 9th, 2018|News, Roof Maintenance|

7 Red Flags That You May Need A New Roof

Hey there everyone! I’m Cary Blackburn from Best Quality Roofers Kelowna. On this episode of Best Quality Roofers TV, I’m going to tell you about seven signs that may indicate you need a new roof. Most people don’t think about the roof on their Kelowna home until it starts leaking. It is a terrible idea to ignore your roof until you have buckets all over the house to collect the leaking water. Here are seven signs that you can look for before this happens.

Look Inside Your Attic

If you think that your roof has reached its maximum lifespan and it needs to be replaced, you don’t need to climb up on the roof to inspect it. Instead, start in the attic. When you get into the attic, turn off the lights. If you see beams of light coming through the roof, it is a bad sign. If you notice stains and streaks on the ceiling of the attic or the plywood sheeting, those are also signs that you need to have your roof replaced.

Check Your Files

If you want to know if your roof has reached its maximum lifespan, you can simply look through your home improvement records. If you know when the roof was installed, you can determine whether or not it needs to be replaced. A typical asphalt shingle roof can last for 20 to 25 years and sometimes longer here in Kelowna because we don’t get as much rain. If your roof was installed over the old roof, you shouldn’t go longer than 20 years.

Check the Shingles

A healthy roof will have shingles that lie down flat. If you notice that shingles are missing, buckling, or the edges are curling, you may need to have the roof repaired or replaced. It is a good idea to check the roof after a big storm. You should also check your gutters and downspouts. Shingles have a black, rock-like coating called granules. These granules are designed to protect the shingles from cracking under the extreme heat from the sun that we can get here in Kelowna in the summer. If you notice black debris in your gutters or downspouts, it means that the granules are wearing off which is normal during the lifespan of your roof. If you have a lot of granules in your gutter, you should have your roof inspected.

Flashing

The flashing around the skylights, chimney, and the vents seal up the seam so that water cannot leak into the home. It is a good idea to inspect the flashing for breaks or cracks that could result in leaks. If you live in an older house, your flashing could be made of cement or tar.
If this is the case, you should consider having it replaced with metal flashing for added strength and protection.

Roof Rot

If your roof is sagging or if it is droopy, it should be replaced before it causes damage inside the home or your roof completely collapses. You should also check the sheeting and trusses for rot and check the surface for signs of trapped water.

Roof Moss

It is not uncommon for moss to grow in the far corner of your yard, however, if there is moss growing on the roof it could be a sign of trouble. This means it’s possible that there is moisture trapped in the roof which can destroy it. To remove moss that has grown on the roof, use a stiff brush or pick it off with your hand. However, make sure that you don’t create any other issues in the process or end up falling off of your roof. Please, be careful if you ever go on your roof.

Finally, Don’t Panic

If you notice a few rotted shingles or a small leak in the home, don’t panic. If your roof was installed correctly and it is younger than 15 years old, chances are you need a simple roof repair rather than a complete roof replacement. If you aren’t sure the best course of action to take, you should give us a call at Best Quality Roofers Kelowna to get an opinion from a professional. That’s it for this episode of Best Quality Roofers TV. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more episodes and more tips for your roof.

By | 2018-08-08T18:16:49+00:00 August 8th, 2018|News|

Summer Roofing Maintenance Tips From BQR

With the warmer weather come the plans for recreation, outdoor celebrations, and vacations. While the temperature begins to rise, we can already envision what Summer will be like.

When the temperatures rise, there are some simple measures we can take to get our homes ready, particularly the attic space and the roof.

Preparing the Attic

The attic space is often forgotten about. However, it can be a critical space when it comes to keeping the home cool in hot weather. The temperature in the attic can get up to 150 degrees. That means the air conditioner or central air system will have to work much harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. Lack of adequate insulation can lead to a build-up of moisture. This can sometimes be worse when bathroom and kitchen exhausts are not installed or working correctly. Any source of moisture and mold in the attic can lead to problems with mold or expensive repairs.

Fixing exhausts that were not installed properly can reduce moisture build up. Such repairs can also reduce the heat in the attic. Fixes for improperly installed exhausts usually involve rerouting them. But, faulty exhausts are not the only problem. Here are some additional suggestions for preparing the attic for hot Summers:

  • Inspect exhaust fans and to make sure they’re working as they should and are vented correctly.
  • Check to see that drains and gutters are clean and free of large debris that can cause water to back up.
  • Inspect the attic and roof for any signs of potential repair issues or leaks. Small areas can rapidly become large and expensive to fix. Call a roofing company for a free inspection to check for any potential problems. A roof in good repair doesn’t have any loose shingles or tile. A properly maintained attic has plenty of insulation in good condition and dry.
  • Inspect the attic for any signs of pests. Infestations can lead to structural damage. Call an insect or pest control service if any signs of insects are present.
  • It’s always a good idea to inspect the attic or roof when someone else is around to help, for safety reasons. Roofers are experienced in checking the roof so if you’re uncertain about getting on the roof, call a roofing company. We offer free summer roofing inspections, to help you make sure your roof and attic are ready for the warmer weather. Small problems found now can help eliminate costly repair bills or higher cooling bills over the Summer.

We would be glad to schedule a free inspection of your roof, to ensure your Summer is free of roofing and attic issues and your air conditioning system doesn’t have to work overtime to keep the indoors cool.

And for more great roof maintenance tips, check out this video from our friends!:

By | 2018-07-13T15:55:03+00:00 July 13th, 2018|Roof Maintenance|