Ventilation Inspection & Installation Services
When it comes to roof leaks and damage its most often caused by holes, cracks, or damage to the water-tight seals and flashing around the edges, valleys, and roof junctions of residential and multi-unit roofs.
Small holes and corroded spots can sometimes be repaired with roofing cement. However, larger sections of damaged flashing, or severely corroded flashing, need to be completely replaced to be effective at waterproofing your structure.
Additionally, rust spots or cracking to masonry caulk applied to seal the joints between the flashing and protruding elements – like chimneys –indicates that it’s time to call a professional for some roof repairs before the waterproof seal is completely compromised.
When that water-tight seal is broken, grey water and rain water can run down the pipes and along seams sending streams of water into the building through spaces where the flashing has disconnected – potentially damaging attic beams, insulation, and drywall ceilings.
To avoid more extensive damage and water-related complication like fungi, mold, and rotting, it’s important to check these rubber boots and seals yearly and before the rainy season starts.
Regular DIY visual inspections can also ensure that existing attic vents are working properly and not blocked by debris, insulation, organic matter, or other materials.
If you are unsure about the existing condition of your flashing, rubber boots and caulking, Contact us to schedule a ventilation evaluation of the crucial water tight seals on existing vents around your roof.
Signs that you need an inspection
Be on the lookout for early signs of roof leaks. Often there are warning signs to be seen from outside and within a building that indicate something is amiss. However, signs of water damage on the interior of a building usually indicate that the problem has already gotten far out of hand.
Here are some things to keep in mind year-round for if you suspect you may have roof leaks due to faulty ventilation seals, flashing, or caulking:
Problems can occur at any time. Early signs of trouble include:
Peeling paint on walls, ceilings, or the underside of roof overhangs.
Wetness or damp spots on the side of fireplaces.
Water stains along the outside of pipes that venting a water heater or furnace.
If you find any of these worrisome signs, or recently experiences a storm with heavy wind or hail, it’s important to schedule a professional evaluation.
Keep your home safe from harm by scheduling regular inspections of your roof and ventilation systems, employing easy fixes, and making the simple repairs needed before damage becomes a costly restoration project.
Want to perform a quick Do-It-Yourself visual inspection? While self-surveying your roof won’t catch everything a professional notices, it can help you spot when you already have easily visible major damage or problems. Click here to go through the DIY visual roof inspection checklist.
According to Natural Resources Canada, “Attic ventilation serves a number of purposes. It reduces summer heat buildup, prolong[s] the life of roofing and reduces air conditioner loads. After air sealing, attic ventilation is your second line of defense against the water vapor that may have found its way into the attic. It ensures a colder, well-vented attic space less prone to the formation of ice dams at the eaves.”
In some homes, early warning signs like buckling and curling shingles can indicate that there is a build-up of moisture in the attic space of your home. If left unaddressed, this can not only cause damage to your protective shingles but also lead to invasive moisture damage inside your home.
In winter months, improperly ventilated attics can also cause premature melting of gathered snow which then forms ice dams on overhangs and eaves.
A properly sealed and ventilated attic space can ensure excess moisture has someplace to go reducing damage to structure and insulation.
Balanced and high quality ventilating products can also reduce your cooling costs in the summer months by removing pent-up hot air in the overhead space above your home. Building codes require only the minimum attic ventilation at a ratio of approximately 1 to 300 of vent area to ceiling.
Contact us to schedule a complete ventilation inspectionevaluation of your current system.