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Planning for your roof replacement – PART 1: Short-term Measures

Congratulations! You are a homeowner and you own a beautiful property. You have a place to call your own. A place that you can fill with all your cherished belongings. A wonderful place that you retreat to at the end of every day, and that serves as a shelter for you and your loved ones. You will experience special memories here; have parties and gatherings, experience laughter and joy, tears and sadness… Congratulations! You are a homeowner… and now you have some work to do.
You work hard to pay for your home, so you want to renovate, repair and maintain it… It can be a sickly feeling when things start to fall apart on you. What’s the problem this time? How much is this going to cost me? What do I do? Who can I call to help me?

Roofing issues can be particularly unsettling, because your roof is your home’s topmost protection against the elements. When your roof fails, water can begin to infiltrate and deteriorate both the actual home, as well as the cherished things within the home. Imagine being at work all day and coming home to a leaky roof that has been dripping continuously for several hours…and dripping directly over a cherished belonging – a piece of furniture, an electronic, cabinetry, etc.. This is the type of scenario that I have encountered often. Sometimes it can be worse, because the homeowner is not aware of the infiltration which has been occurring over an extended period of time, causing rot and mold. Often, these types of scenarios can be avoided very simply. The best immediate measure of protection is not necessarily the most expensive one. So let us take a closer look at the various options that are available to us.
There are short-term and long-term measures to discuss, of course, but for the purposes of this blog, we will focus on the short-term ones. There are 3 short-terms measures available:
1. Maintenance
2. Repairs
3. Protection Plan
Let’s start with the most obvious measure, yet, often the most neglected one: Maintenance. Maintenance plans are a preventive measure taken to avoid any surprises and prevent possible leaks. A proper maintenance involves a visual inspection of the roof and its components, clearing of any leaves or debris from the drain and/or eaves, re-sealing deteriorated caulking of metal flashing joints, and a written report complete with photos to track the progression and deterioration of the roof. The visual inspection is perhaps the most important aspect of the maintenance, but without a written report you may find yourself losing track of the deterioration or even forgetting about your duties regarding the maintenance. For those with time restraints, less comfortable with heights or simply not motivated to do the maintenance themselves, please contact a roofing contractor that you trust or at the very least, that was referred. They can offer a maintenance plan specifically tailored to your needs and executed by specialists with years of experience in the roofing trade.
The second measure is a roof repair. Repairs aren’t actually preventative in nature; in fact, they are a reactionary measure. However, they can still be quite effective and helpful, particularly because they require a smaller investment of time and money, while offering an immediate solution to an immediate, and often, urgent problem. Repairs may not come with a guarantee, but, when done properly, they can stop the infiltration of water, and buy you the time that you may need to look into a longer-term solution. The source of water infiltration can often be difficult to determine, posing a big challenge. Finding a way to repair the source of the leak is another challenge all together. Qualified professionals are best suited to handle these situations, because they have the proper tools, equipment and materials to execute the repairs, and, more importantly, they have the experience to pinpoint the source of the problems.
The third measure, which is not as well-known but increasingly popular, is the protection plan. What is a protection plan? Most new roofs carry guarantees for a certain number of years. These guarantees offer you peace of mind, because you know if there are any issues with your new roof, the guarantor will have to return to repair or correct the issue. That is great…for newer roofs. But what happens to the roofs that are closer to the middle or end of their lifespans? What happens if you suddenly get a leak one day, without even considering that your roof was nearing a point in its life where it may need attention? Now you are scrambling to try to find someone to help you with your new-found problem. Well think of a protection plan as insurance for your aged roof. Under a protection plan, all maintenance, repairs and emergencies are covered for the life of the policy. This offers customers peace of mind, because similar to a guarantee, they know that if a situation arises, they will be covered. It also helps with budgeting in preparation for a roof replacement, since you know that for the duration of the plan, if you do face any surprises, there will be no additional expenses to incur. Imagine buying a new home with a pre-existing roof on it. You don’t know how old it is or how well it was done. As a matter of fact, you don’t know much about it, except that it is past the guarantee period. I’m sure you would appreciate a protection plan that could, in effect, offer a “guarantee-like” coverage for a specific amount of time. Of course there exist different types of protection plans, so it would be wise to look into the one that best suits your particular situation.
If you have any questions or would like more information about what was mentioned in this month’s blog, please contact us at info@impervius.ca, or give us a call at 514-365-1991. We look forward to hearing from you.

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