Even For a Seasoned Roofing Company, Vancouver is a Challenge

March 18, 2013 Laura MacCormac

As the warmer weather of spring begins to peek its head around the corner of yet another drawn out winter season, more and more folks are beginning to think about the seasonal responsibilities that come along with being a homeowner in a climate such as ours…and one of the first tasks on that list is often finding a reputable local roofing company. Vancouver citizens of course, face the extra weight of knowing that making the wrong decision has the potential to lead to tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars in property damage due to the heavy annual rainfall of the Northwest.

Unfortunately for these homeowners, the warning signs of water damage are often not even visible until the damage has accumulated to the point of requiring major repair. Particularly in a wet climate, where accumulated water does not often have the chance to evaporate before the next round of rainfall, water can compromise a building’s structural integrity quite quickly. According to one reputable roofing company, Vancouver residents are among the most likely in the country to experience this type of scenario.

The good news is that there is a way to prevent this type of nightmare situation, and the cost is actually quite minimal. The secret lies in the most basic of preventative measures–a simple professional inspection performed on a regular basis by a licensed roofing company. Vancouver, despite its climate, does not actually require any more routine maintenance than most other large cities. The real difference is the consequences that accumulate when the damage is left to fester. Simply put, for the same maintenance budget as nearly every other building in North America, residents of the West Coast simply get more bang for their buck concerning roof maintenance costs.

Inspections should be performed twice annually, in the spring and fall of each year. The arrival of both warmer and colder weather can play a critical role in exposing your home or business to the elements. Of course, in the event of any ceiling discolorations or unexplained moisture in the top levels of the building, immediate inspection and maintenance is always advised. The real secret to limiting the destructive effects of water damage is to catch it as early as possible and to address the issue thoroughly enough so that no further damage has the opportunity to accumulate.

Vancouver is one of the most beautiful places in Canada to call home, but with that beauty comes a unique set of challenges in home and business maintenance. The only secret to striking that perfect balance between the two is diligent and thoughtful planning, including regular roof maintenance.

Source: Flickr's Jesper Hauge

Source: Flickr’s Jesper Hauge

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