Q: How do I spot potential trouble on my roof?
A: Signs of problems are most likely in roofs that are fifteen years or older. Look for:
- loose or missing shingles
- damaged flashing - pieces of metal or roll roofing wrapped around vent pipes, chimneys and adjoining walls to prevent water seepage and leakage
- buckling and curling - shingles that are bent up in the middle or turned up at the corners
- blistering and rotting - bubbles, caused by moisture in the shingle, appear on the surface of asphalt roofing
Q: What should I do if I see these signs?
A: In some cases, these problems can be fixed without replacing the entire roof. In other cases, a complete re-roof is required. Our roofers - not salesmen, will determine what is needed for your particular roof. In any situation, the key is to find problems early and have a qualified roofer deal with them immediately.
Sun Valley Roofing will provide a free estimate that will be explained to you. To get your estimate today please call 250-765-1900 or fill in our contact us form to be contacted by a roofer.
Q: How do I find a contractor?
A: Ask friends, family and neighbours for recommendations. Contact the Southern Interior Construction Association, Better Business Bureau, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.
Q: What questions should I ask before hiring a roofing contractor?
A: You want to establish the contractor's professionalism and high standards of quality.
How long has your contractor been in business?
Does the company have a solid reputation for excellence?
Are your contractor's staff trained, licensed roofing professionals?
Does your contractor use only first quality materials?
Will your contractor give you written warranties for labour and materials?
Will your contractor guarantee job satisfaction?
Will your contractor stand behind the work after the project is completed?
Does your contractor carry workman's compensation, liability protection and insurance against damage to you or your neighbour's property?
Q: What should I know when choosing shingles?
A: There are three basic types of shingles.
- Asphalt Shingles are the most popular because they are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. Most home owners choose an asphalt shingle, as its life expectancy is 20+ years.
- Premium asphalt shingles provide a more distinctive appearance and carry a longer manufacturer's warranty. The life expectancy of these shingles is 50+ years. They come in many unique styles which are more attractive, but also more expensive, than the basic asphalt.
- Cedar shingles and shakes are listed in the Green Consumers Guide as being completely renewable. They are very attractive; however, their higher cost makes them a less popular choice. In fact, Cedar Shake conversions to Asphalt shingles are very popular now due to the fire hazard and insurance concerns with Cedar Roofing.