Is it Time to Re-Shingle Your Roof?
Don't wait until you decide to sell your home to have the shingles replaced. Do it when they need it.
In Alberta because of our location to the sun, shingles wear out unevenly. The south side goes first and the north side still has many years of life left.
Consider replacing the shingles on your Calgary house with thicker shingles on the sunny south side so that the entire roof ages evenly.
When the shingles wear out or become damaged, you need to have them replaced.
Unfortunately, it's not always easy to determine whether your shingles need replacement right away or whether you can hold off for another few years.
Assuming your home has the most common type of shingles — asphalt — here's what to look for:
- Corners upturned on some shingles.
- Missing shingles.
- Shingles lifting during high winds and not settling back into place (flat) within a day or two.
- Heavy accumulation of shingle debris (particles) in the gutters.
- Shingle bits and pieces found on the ground around your home.
- Spots on your roof that still look wet a day or two after a rainfall. (This could be a sign of water infiltration into the felt or even the roof deck.)
If you have any of these signs, be sure to have a roofing contractor take a closer look.
Before investing in a new roof, be sure to check with the retailer or contractor who supplied the original materials. Your shingles might still be under warranty.
Bottom line: Don't delay. You don't want to wait until you hear drip drip drip or decide to sell your house before taking action!
Most Roofing Companies in Calgary Offer Free Quotes - It's always best to get a minimum of 3 quotes from companies with a good track record. They expect you to get at least 3 new roof quotes and when you tell them they have competition for the job, you can get their best price upfront.
Do not forget to tell the roofing company that you want stronger shingles on the south-facing surfaces so that the shingles over time will wear out evenly.
Make sure you understand the warranties being offered with the shingles. Is the warranty with the house or with you the buyer? When does it expire? How long has the company and the manufacturer been in business in Calgary? What references do they have?
When the job is done file all paperwork where you can show it to potential new buyers if you do decide to sell your house. Scan all paperwork and file it away on one drive, google drive, dropbox or some other cloud storage service. Then you have two copies in the event you need it for a warranty claim or anything else.
Fact: Homes with well-kept shingles give home buyers a better overall impression of the condition of a home and how well it's been owned. And these homes generally sell quicker for more money than the home that just got listed today and needed shingles 2 years ago!