Preventative Maintenance is the Best Approach to Dealing with a Leaking Roof
Whether through personal experience or close association with a friend or relative, most homeowners can relate at least one story about a leaking roof and the resultant damage to the home or property. In many instances, these stories might make reference to the fact that the roof leaks in question went undetected for a period of time, and as a result, the water damage and subsequent repair costs were rather extensive.
Even if a small roof leak goes unnoticed, it can cause widespread damage with respect to the repair or replacement of one or more of the following:
- Roofing material
- Roof deck/trusses
- Chimneys, fireplaces
- Carpeting and draperies
- Exterior masonry or siding
- The foundation of the building
- Interior walls, floors, and ceilings
- Personal possessions, business inventory
The costs associated with repairing any damage from a leaking roof can be significant in their own right. But there may also be the intangible costs relative to the inconvenience associated with roof leak repair work; this would be upsetting to any property owner but particularly disconcerting to owners/managers of commercial businesses.
Therefore, to paraphrase an oft-used reference, prevention may be the best medicine in terms of dealing with a leaking roof. This may be achieved with regular roof inspections that can identify any potential issues and have them subsequently addressed before the leaks actually materialize.
Some of the preventative measures/steps that can be taken to help avoid roof leaks and unnecessary repair costs would include:
- Replace loose, missing, cracked, or bubbled shingles
- New caulking around flashing, boots, chimneys, skylights
- Ensure that the attic has adequate insulation and ventilation
- Reset loose bricks and replace dried/cracked mortar in the chimney
- Clear gutters of debris; ensure they are firmly attached/properly sloped
- Trim any tree branches that may be overhanging/touching roof or gutters
While some of these actions might be implemented by homeowners with a do-it-yourself inclination, others may require the services of roofing professionals. Furthermore, there should always be a premium placed on homeowner safety, notably in relation to working on a ladder or walking about a roof. For this latter reason alone, homeowners may elect to call on the expertise of Avenue Road Roofing to conduct roof inspections and perform any roof leak prevention or repair measures.
Entrust an Experienced Professional Contractor for Your Roof Leak Repairs
Sometimes, a roof inspection may determine that water damage has already occurred to some extent. In such instances, it would certainly be prudent to act quickly and repair the roof leak before the situation can escalate further.
However, it is generally known that water likes to travel, for want of a better description; therefore, visual signs of roof leaks may not be enough to identify the actual source/root cause of the problem. This would be further justification for engaging the professionals at Avenue Road Roofing, a leading roofing contractor in Toronto and the GTA with more than 40 years of experience in roof inspections and roof leak repairs.
Homeowners can rely on the skilled crews from Avenue Road Roofing for the following:
- Identifying the source of the leak
- Providing a detailed written estimate
- Completion of the repairs as described
- Addressing the issue in a timely manner
- Use of the highest quality roofing materials
Visit our Roof Maintenance page for further information on the roof leak repair and roof maintenance services available from Avenue Road Roofing.
To address your potential or actual concerns about a leaking roof, call the experienced professionals at Avenue Road Roofing today at 416-785-5129 or contact us to book a roof inspection and obtain an estimate for any requisite roof leak repair needs.