It sounds like an impossible dream: is there any way roofs won’t leak within its entire lifespan? That would mean exceptional performance and durability. In addition, a reputable and experienced Edmonton AB roofing contractor will have had a hand in ensuring its proper installation and maintenance. Truth be told: all roofing materials will leak at some point. Yes, even the ones you’re most confident about.

However, there are roofing materials that have the least likelihood or margin for leakage. It won’t just depend on the material itself. For example, as we mentioned earlier, a proper installation and maintenance of your Edmonton AB roof will extend its lifespan. Meanwhile, using metal roofing will likely guarantee the least amount of leaks because of the material’s durability and long-term performance.

Lastly, it pays to know and avoid the common causes of residential roof leaks. Learn more about it from Freshome‘s list below:

1. Your Flashing Has Cracked

What Does It Look Like: Flashing are thin pieces of metal that are installed under shingles and on the joints of your roof in order to create a water-resistant barrier, which can be concealed or exposed. If exposed, they will look like long runs of sheet metal and, if concealed, they will have a rubberized coating overtop. Broken flashing will feature large cracks

Why It Happens: Roofers often use tar to seal the flashing together and that can corrode over time. In the event that your flashing is left exposed, elements like wind and rain could be the reason behind its crack.

How To Fix It: (Via The Family Handyman): Once you locate the source of the leak, pry up the nails used to secure the old flashing. Lift any shingles out of the way and remove the cracked segment. Gently put a new run of flashing in its place, fasten the new flashing in the same pattern as your old piece using roofing nails. Then, apply a coat of roofing sealant to the nail heads.

Routinely check flashing around your chimney and vents to ensure that cracks aren’t letting in moisture.

2. You Have Broken Shingles

What Does It Look Like: Look up! This one is easy to spot. Since shingles are the exterior layer of a roof, you should be able to identify missing shingles by seeing different-colored patches on your roof. Alternatively, you may find the shingles themselves littering your yard after a heavy storm.

Why It Happens: Again, weather. High winds and heavy rains. (Continued)

When it comes down to it, the roofing material we’re most confident will never introduce leaks and guarantees virtually impenetrable insulation are standing seam metal roofs. With their concealed fasteners, adequately-overlapping segments, and unparalleled lifespan that reaches beyond 50-70 years, they’re definitely the top-quality roofing materials you’re looking for.

Silver Leaf Contracting has an excellent post about everything you need to know about standing seam metal roofs. Read more about it below:

If you are just about to begin with your new roof or are planning a replacement for your worn-out membrane or material, then you might want to consider a standing seam metal roof. Contractors recommend these roofs for residential properties because of their long-term lifespan, better durability than traditional corrugated metal roofs, and easier insulation.

Remember, your roof is an investment. Indeed, you will find numerous affordable material such as single-ply roofing membranes to fulfill your roofing needs. However, if you’re looking for better longevity, then look into the modern style of metal roofing.

Standing Seam Metal Roofs: What Are They?

A standing seam metal roof takes a different installation approach than the traditional metal roofing method. Contractors install traditional metal roofing by huge ridges. They lock the seams of each roofing panel ridge in place with nails. To provide excellent insulation and prevent leaks, contractors use caulk to seal the nailed seams.

Contractors install a standing seam metal roof in a different manner. Instead of ridges, manufacturers create vertical metal roofing panels. These have similar measurements and interlocking spots that allow them to fasten together to create an impregnable seal. If the panels are too long vertically, contractors can cut each panel to fit the slope and before it reaches the drip panel. There are four types of standing seam metal roofs. Skip the next section to read more about them.

Advantages Over Traditional Roofing Materials

Membranes

Roofing membranes such as thermoplastic olefin (TPO), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) are cost-effective and durable materials. They have a lifespan of over 30-50 years with proper installation and guarantee excellent insulation. However, these materials are prone to puncture especially during maintenance periods or hailstorms. Even having regular maintenance is a disadvantage in itself. (Continued)

Remember, all roofing requires excellent installations to ensure its extended lifespan and capability. If you have yet to find one, you can count on us at DDCL to help you with all your metal roofing needs. Contact us today!