ROOFING INFORMATION IN BURLINGTON AND ST. CATHARINES
Family-owned and operated since 1957, Bosco Roofing is the go-to source of roofing information. From Ralph to Robert to Ricco, the Mastracci family has built a strong reputation and a firm base of satisfied clients through three generations of roofing experience.
Bosco Roofing is happy to share their extensive knowledge of the roofing industry. Read on to learn more and feel free to contact us if you still have more questions.
HOW CAN I AVOID ICE DAMS?
Maintaining a consistent temperature across the entire span of your roof is the only way to prevent ice dams. However, achieving this may require any or all of the following three things:
Increasing the amount of insulation in your attic
Improving the ventilation of your home by adding soffit vents
Sealing air leaks in your attic, around ducts, surrounding your chimney, and in other key areas
WHAT ARE SOME SIGNS THAT INDICATE I NEED ROOF WORK?
Most older asphalt shingle roofs were designed to last 20 to 30 years and cedar shake roofs about 20 years. If your roof is getting near that age, consider calling a roofer to have a look.
2. Issues in the Attic
Grab a flashlight and have a look. Are there places where the roof deck sags or outside light peeks through? Is there water damage or are there dark water trails on the rafters? If yes, then it’s time to look into roofing companies. You’re going to need a pro to help you decide what to do next. Also, make sure that all bathroom, kitchen, and dryer vents travel outside through the roof and don’t stop in the attic.
3. Shingle Issues
Sad-looking shingles are a sure sign you should be calling a roofer for advice. Are your shingles clawing or cupping, missing, or cracked? Or have you had a hail storm recently (a severe hail storm can destroy your roof in one five-minute outburst)? Are shingles covered with moss or algae? If there are no signs of excessive damage and the roof is not too old, you might be able to save money in the short-term by considering roof repair.
4. Granules in the Gutter
Those little black granules that cover your asphalt shingles are there to protect them from the sun’s harmful UV rays. If you find a lot of them in your gutters or on the ground, it means your shingles are getting worn out and may not last very much longer.
5. Flashing and Drainage
Ensure that the flashing and sealant around all chimneys, vents and pipes are in place and doing their job. Make sure gutters and downspouts are sound.
WHAT ARE SOME FACTORS THAT DETERMINE IF A NEW ROOF WILL INCREASE THE VALUE OF MY HOME?
1. The Condition of the Roof
Replacing a roof that’s in bad shape will definitely increase the value of your home—less so if your old roof is only a little worn in places and a new one doesn’t really improve the appearance all that much. A roofer will be able to tell you if simple repairs will do the trick or if a full replacement is necessary.
2. The Style and Materials
If you replace your roof with cheap materials, chances are the value gains will be minimal. If, on the other hand, you choose premium quality materials and a style and colour that enhance the curb appeal of your home, your return on investment will probably be significant. Homebuyers love knowing they won’t have to worry about replacing a roof for decades to come. And they’ll appreciate that the newly installed roof meets the highest standards in insulation, ventilation and durability, not to mention warranties of up to 50 years. The enhanced curb appeal that a quality roof affords your home will also bring more traffic to your web listing and open houses, allowing you to sell your home quicker and for more money.
A new roof with energy-efficient materials and optimum ventilation will save you on heating and cooling costs. This will offer you an immediate return on investment even if you don’t sell right away. Roofing companies will be able to advise you on the newest and most efficient roofing materials available.
Depending on your neighbourhood and the potential buyer, solar panels can be an interesting option to consider when you re-roof. By most standards, they’re not eye candy, but a discerning buyer with an interest in the environment and green construction may very well consider it a buying point.
If you’re selling your home, it’s vital that it look as good—if not better than—your neighbours’ houses. An average looking home will get an average price. An exceptional looking home will demand a premium!