Maintenance VS. Replacement of a Cedar Shake Roof

 

If you have a new cedar shake roof, maintenance will be very important. If properly cared for, your
shake roof can last 40+ years. We recommend having your roof inspected every 5 years to replace any
cracked shakes to ensure your roof is properly protecting your home. If you wait 10+ years, you may
have too many damaged pieces and replacement (once the roof has reached its maturity) will be the
better option.

If you are looking to replace your cedar shakes you have a couple of different options. You can replace it
with new shakes, asphalt shingles, or Euroshield rubber roofing. Many homeowners who no longer
want cedar shakes opt for rubber roofing as it is environmentally friendly and comes in a shake and slate
profile. Manufactured in Alberta, Euroshield products are the environmentally friendly option. Asphalt
shingles are also a great option which will give your home a new look with minimal maintenance.


 

Where Should Roof Water Flow?

 

In short, it should drain from the roof to your eavestrough, eavestrough to your downspout, and
downspout to the ground – away from your home.

Eavestroughs (also knows as gutters) need to be clear of debris and installed at an angle that allows
water to drain toward the downspouts. Leaf guards are available for new or existing eavestrough
systems which prevent debris from entering your eavestroughs as leaves, debris, snow and ice remain
on top of the product.

Downspouts also need to be clear of debris and pointed away from your home so that the water will not
be directed toward your basement. Downspouts should also be used on the roof if it has multiple levels
to direct the water from the higher eaves to the lower eaves. This will help extend the lifetime of your
shingles as a steady flow of water (in addition to the rain that is falling) will break them down overtime.


 

Should I Have My Attic Inspected?

 

Your attic can tell you a lot about your home but is often overlooked. If you are having your roof
inspected, it can be equally as important to also have your attic inspected as inspecting only the exterior
of your home may not provide a complete picture.

An attic inspection can tell you if your home if properly insulated, if there is water damage, and if the
ventilation is balanced. The best time to address any issues found in the attic is during a roof
replacement as vents can be added or removed, insulation issues can be addressed, and leaks can be
sealed.

Your roof is part of a much larger system and in order for it to function properly it should work in
conjunction with the attic of your home.


 

What is Ice Damming?

 

Due to the recent cold snap, many homeowners are experiencing a build-up of ice in their eavestroughs
and on the edge/overhang of the roof. Commonly referred to as an ice dam, this is caused by the
weather and/or the attic of a home if it is not properly insulated and ventilated.

Ice build up on the overhang of the roof or icicles hanging off the eaves are a common sign of ice
damming and should be investigated. Ice dams are a concern because the melting snow cannot access
the blocked eavestrough and will start to accumulate and cause water to push back up under the
shingles, causing a leak.

If you are experiencing ice damming it is important to check that your home is properly insulated and
ventilated. A water tight membrane under the shingles is also a great option, especially on low slope
roofs.


 

Can I Replace My Roof in The Winter?

 

The short answer – Yes!

Your roof can be replaced year-round. Most important is safety and experience, and we have been
installing roofing during the winter months for over 30 years.

Special care needs to be taken with the roofing material to ensure proper application. The sunny winter
days and chinooks we experience throughout the winter work in our favour for installation, and a sunny,
mild day is all it takes to seal the shingle adhesive.

Additionally, your roof is never torn off all at once leaving you exposed to the elements. We will start
and complete individual sections of the roof before moving on to the next one.

Roofing companies may offer a discount on a winter installation due to the slower season so be sure to
ask. If you still prefer a fair weather install, book your free roof inspection in the coming month to
secure a spring install date.


 

Is My Roof System Ready for Winter?

 

It’s officially fall and the days are growing shorter. With another Alberta winter on the horizon, we
recommend an exterior inspection* before the snow arrives.

1. Inspect – Check for missing, loose, curling, lifting, or damaged shingles
2. Repair & Replace – Missing or damaged shingles
3. Re-Seal – Caulk around flashings, vents & chimney stacks
4. Remove – Trim tree branches at least 2 feet from roof & gutters
5. Clean – The gutters & downspouts of any debris
6. Target – Ensure downpipe extensions are directed 5 feet from the foundation
7. Ventilate – Check the attic for balanced ventilation to avoid condensation this winter

For a more detailed exterior checklist or a free roof tune up evaluation, please visit our website.
Hubbard Roofing & Exteriors offers professional services and free inspections.

*Always take extra precaution when climbing a ladder and contact a professional if you are not comfortable with
heights.

Hubbard Roofing & Exteriors Inc.
403-995-0677 • www.HubbardExteriors.com
Roofing • Windows • Doors • Venting • Siding • Eavestrough