Roof Replacement – To Replace or Repair the Roof?
The issue of whether or not to replace your roof or to just continue making repairs on the existing one poses to be a high debate this time of year. GRS thought it would be beneficial to others to post a roof report that came into our office that deals with this exact question.
To Replace or Repair the Roof: A Roofers Report
One of our Calgary Roofing Repair clients mentioned to me that he was having some issues with the skylights leaking on his cedar shake roof. The skylights were coming loose and causing damage every time we had a storm. He even had hail coming through it at one point!
He also mentioned some issues regarding the roofs chimney and how it had been leaking and that he was aware that the overall condition of the roof was in poor condition. Yet he still wondered if there was any way it could be fixed, focusing on the areas that were in the most urgent need of repair instead of replacing it all together.
The main house is a 12/12 roof with a 9Ft 5/12 section on all the eaves so the pitch change has flashing on it. Fortunately there are enough roof valleys and hips on the roof that we were able to make it to the top for a full roof inspection.
The first roof skylight we saw was the one that had been flapping around in the wind. The skylight was fastened from the inside and was about 25 Ft from the floor. The inside frame of the skylight had been ripped off from every fastening, all except for one screw. I was baffled as to how this skylight was not already blown away and laying in a field.
The back pan on this skylight along with three of the other four skylights was not running past the corner, causing it to leak. They had been tarred numerous times, yet the roof tar dried up causing it to leak again. This is the point in which the roof becomes a true nightmare.
The chimney had been decorated with stone work oer top of the flashing AND the existing roof where there is an area that is probably a short back pan on the top section. Lower down there is a diverter (Half saddle) which the top does not quite make it under the stone. It was either installed after the stone, or the stone was just not big enough to cover it.
I told the client in order for us to flash the chimney properly, the stones that were interfering would need to come off and put back on after the flashing was in place.
There are several areas where the cedar shake capping is missing, I would say there would be about two days’ work just to repair the skylights, chimney and replace the missing cedar shake capping. I told the client the cost required to fix all the damage would be a waste, as the money would be better spent going towards a new roof/ replacement where it would serve him better for many years to come.
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Until next time,
The Team at GRS
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