Replacing Your Roof? Get an Attic Inspection First!
It may not seem like it, but spring is just around the corner!
For many people, spring is the time when exterior renovations planned during the winter can finally begin. One of the most common renovation projects is a new roof. The vast majority of residential roofing is done with asphalt shingles. Shingles are a great product; the new architectural variety looks great, comes in a variety of styles and colours, and is relatively inexpensive.
New shingles are a great way to update the look of your exterior and keep your house water-tight. Getting a new roof is a great idea, but keep in mind that a roof is just one essential part of an attic system where all parts need to function to prevent serious, expensive problems. It is important to make sure that the entire attic assembly is considered within a re-roofing project.
Besides keeping water out, ventilation is the most important job that a roof performs for the attic system. Many roofing companies will simply replace the vents that are currently on the home; others will try and upsell you on mechanical or power vents, but very few will actually do the calculations to see what your home actually needs!
The amount and type of required roof vents can vary greatly between homes, and these vents need to be balanced with the correct amount of intake vents at the soffit. In many cases, the low venting needs to be installed while the roof is off. The local Attic Experts can perform an assessment and make sure your attic system is balanced and not under or over vented. It is ideal to get this sorted out before your home is re-roofed, but we are also equipped to address insufficient venting in many cases where a new roof is already installed.
Many homeowners get their homes re-roofed in the spring to fix leaks experienced over the winter. Wait a minute! It doesn’t rain in the winter, so any water is frozen in the winter. How can it be a roof leak? In most cases, it isn’t. We field many calls from clients who experience water intrusion in the wintertime. In most cases, they call the company who roofed their house to fix the leak, only to be told by the roofing company that the roof is water-tight and the problem is within the attic. In most cases, water spots on ceilings, stipple or paint peeling off upper walls and ceilings, or water coming in through light fixtures has nothing to do with your roof. The most likely culprits for these problems are vapour barrier breaches in the ceiling, unsealed plumbing or wiring that travels into the attic, or insufficient insulation levels. The Attic Experts are fully equipped to tackle all these problems.
Getting an attic inspection done before a new roof is installed is a smart move that could save you time and money. A properly functioning attic space will extend the life of your shingles and roof sheeting and also prevent a myriad of other problems. Getting an inspection done beforehand is also an easy way to avoid the worst-case scenario, one that we have seen multiple times — tearing off a brand-new roof to fix a serious attic problem.
The Attic Experts work with many Regina roofing companies to make sure the roof and attic space work together properly. Call for a free inspection to make sure your new roof will function properly as part of your home’s attic system.
Wade & Joel Murray, owners
Ultimate Insulation – The Attic Experts
1322 Elliott Street, Regina