Q: How do I know my roof needs to be replaced?

The signs your roof may need replacing are not always obvious. However, some visual cues your roof may need repair or replacement include missing or curling shingles, water stains inside your home, excessive amounts of moss on your roof, or exposed roof components that look out of place. There are hidden roof issues, such as rotting plywood, pipe collar cracks, or leaks, that are also signs your roof needs some help. If your roof is between 18-20 years of age and is showing some signs of a needed replacement, check in with our roofing experts.

Q: Does a roof leak mean I need a whole new roof?

A roof leak is a sign of a damaged roof and needs to be addressed as soon as possible to avoid further damages. If the leak has been present for a long time, the extent of the damage may warrant replacing the whole roof. However, if the leak is minor and is addressed immediately, the current roof may be spared. It is important to check with a professional to assess the extent of the damages.

At Mex Roofing, a membrane water shield is adhered to the plywood on your roof before the roofing materials to protect your home against water and moisture. This water shield protects your roof from leaking.

Q: Are gutters an important part of my roof?

Yes. Gutters function to divert water away from your home, preventing waterlogging and thus water damages to your siding, doors, windows, and foundation. At Mex Roofing, we can install your roof and your new gutters, so you don’t need to worry about any part of the process.

Q: How often does a roof need to be replaced?

The quality of your roof, and therefore its durability, depends on your roofing material, its installation, and the ventilation of your home. On average, your roof will likely need to be replaced every 18-30 years. However, it is important to routinely take note of any issues with your roof such as missing shingles or leaks. Such issues may indicate you need a new roof regardless of its age.

Q: Can I replace my roof myself?

While it may be tempting to DIY your roofing project, the installation of a roof is complicated and dangerous process. Experts have been trained on procedures and safety, and you likely have not been. This means you may make mistakes that lead to damages, both of your home or yourself. It is best to leave such installation to experts who have been trained and certified to provide you with the incredible results you deserve.

Q: How much does a new roof cost?

The price of a new roof varies from home to home depending on factors such as the size of the roof or the chosen roofing materials. Contact the experts at Mex Roofing to get a quote for your home!

Eavestroughs and Gutter Guards

Q: What is a continuous hanger?

A continuous hanger is a system used to fasten your eavestroughs to your home, like the traditional spaced hangers of spikes or screws. Unlike the traditional systems, the continuous hanger system is a piece of perforated aluminum that extends the entire length of your eavestroughs. This provides continuous support and strength to your eavestroughs so they can withstand more for a longer period.

Q: Why is the DoublePro™ or the T-Rex® continuous hanger system better than spikes, screws, and hangers?

Spikes, screws, and hangers provide a certain degree of strength, but only to the few inches to either side of them. The spaces between the fasteners are weak. With the continuous hanger system in DoublePro™ or T-Rex®, your eavestrough is equally solid across its entire length, thus there are no weak spots.

Q: How do Alu-Rex products stand up to snow?

Despite the eavestroughs being stronger with the continuous hanger, the weight the eavestroughs need to carry is decreased due to the nature of Alu-Rex products. With Alu-Rex products, snow can’t get into the gutters, thus the weight the gutters must carry is limited to that which accumulates on top of the Alu-Rex product. The eavestroughs remain fully functional so water from melting snow and ice can drain away freely.

Q: Do DoublePro™, T-Rex® or the Gutter Clean System® increase ice formation?

Alu-Rex products prevent the formation of ice. If icicles form at the edge of the roof, we recommend that you check whether the attic is well-ventilated and insulated properly.

Q: I have problems with pine needles. Which fastening system should I use?

The DoublePro Microfiltration Continuous Hanger™ keeps debris from getting inside the gutter. The offset holes make it the perfect filter, allowing water to drain freely while blocking pine needles and leaves without getting clogged.

Q: What is the point of using the DoublePro™ or the T-Rex® if there are no trees near my home?

With a continuous hanger, your eavestroughs will be stronger and more durable than any others. New trees may grow and your eavestroughs will still be in perfect condition after 25, 30, and even 40 years. People who buy the DoublePro™ or T-Rex® system want what is best for their gutters, no matter what the future may hold.

Q: Do Alu-Rex products require upkeep?

The DoublePro™, Gutter Clean System® and T-Rex® are among the most efficient eavestrough protection systems on the market today.
In most cases, a light breeze is enough to sweep away normal debris. In areas under the roof or under shallow overhangs, debris may build up where the wind cannot reach it. We recommend that you occasionally clean out these areas to keep your Alu-Rex products in good working conditions.

Q: Why doesn’t water go into my eavestroughs?

Simply put, there are either not enough holes in your eavestroughs or the existing holes are too small. Overflow is usually caused by the eavestroughs themselves (not wide or deep enough for the roof surface) or the downspouts (insufficient number for the roof's surface). It is important to make sure there are enough downspouts to avoid this problem. For this purpose, you need to keep in mind that one downspout is enough to drain the equivalent of a 600 sq. ft. (56 m²) roof.
With the DoublePro™ or T-Rex®, there are 489 holes every 19 inches (48 cm). This allows water to drain at the same rate as a 2 in. x 3 in. (5 cm x 7.5 cm) downspout. Rigorous testing by an independent certification agency has proven that Alu-Rex products can drain over 32.9 in. (836 mm) of water an hour over a length of 20 feet (6 m).

Q: Aren’t metal grills or plastic mesh enough for my home?

The openings in these products are much too large. Debris gets inside, leaves get stuck, which clogs the eavestroughs and turn them into fertile soil for plants to grow. These products also lack rigidity, so they bend under the weight of snow and ice.
In short, these products will still force you to periodically climb a ladder to clear out your gutters.

Soffit and Fascia

Q: What is soffit?

Typically made from painted wood, vinyl, or aluminum materials, soffit helps circulate air and protect your home from pests such as birds, bugs, or other animals. Soffit is located just below the fascia to give your home a clean and finished look. Soffit also helps prevent water or moisture from building up and causing water damage to other parts of your home.

Q: What is fascia?

Fascia boards are the horizontal boards that run along the overhang of your roof. Fascia provides a platform for your eavestroughs to attach to, thus providing support. Residential fascia is crucial in protecting your roof from moisture buildup, supporting your roofing material, and protecting your rafters.

Q: Do all properties require soffit?

Properties that have eavestroughs extended past the siding walls will require soffit. Properties that do not fit this description may also benefit from soffit depending on other factors. If you think you may need soffit, contact Mex Roofing’s experts and they will help you make the right choice for your home.

Q: Why would I want to replace my soffit?

Just like any other part of your home, soffit can only weather the elements for so long before needing to be replaced. There may be a variety of reasons you may consider replacing your soffit, but a few signs your soffit likely needs replacing soon are:
- Visible cracks or damage
- Water leaks or damage
- Peeling paint or discolouration
- Evidence of pests or small animals
- Roof has insufficient ventilation

Q: Will I be able to find new soffit and fascia to match my home?

Absolutely! Mex Roofing offers a wide variety of soffit options so that you can find the colour and style that suit your home and aesthetic.

Q: How do I maintain my new soffit and fascia?

Properly installed soffit and fascia should have very little maintenance required. Your eavestroughs protect your soffit and fascia, which means non-functional eavestroughs will affect your soffit and fascia. With older eavestroughs, you may be required to routinely clean them out to ensure they are flowing well. If you have Alu-Rex’s DoublePro™, Gutter Clean System® or T-Rex® products, the maintenance of your eavestroughs, soffit, and fascia should be extremely minimal, and they should continue to function correctly for their lifetime.

Q: What happens if I don’t get my soffit and fascia repaired?

If you need new soffit and fascia and choose not to replace it, your home may experience issues such as rotting wood, peeling paint, damaged insulation, or mould. This is because soffit and fascia assist your home’s ventilation system and non-functional soffit and fascia could likely cause a buildup of moisture. While it is tempting to put off soffit and fascia replacement, it is never a good idea as such procrastination could lead to worse and more expensive damages to your home.


Q: Why would I need new siding on my home?

The siding of your home does more than just look good or match your aesthetic. Siding is the first defense against moisture. If your siding is old or damaged, the rest of your home may have issues such as mould, mildew, or rot due to a build up of moisture. If your siding is showing signs of age or decay, it is important to replace your siding to ensure such issues do not occur.

Q: What prep do I need to do to prepare for new siding?

You do not need to worry about any sort of preparations for the team at Mex Roofing. We will come in, prepare the exterior of your home as we deem necessary, and continue the work from there. You get to sit back, relax, and know the job is being done by experts and professionals!

Q: Does siding replacement affect the interior of my home?

Replacing the siding of your home will not impact the interior. Our team at Mex Roofing are highly skilled and efficient and, as such, can complete the process of siding replacement completely exteriorly.

Q: What is vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding is a plastic siding typically used on houses or small apartment buildings for decoration and protection from weather. Vinyl siding is durable, inexpensive, quick to install, and one of the most popular siding options. Vinyl is a reliable siding option that comes in a variety of shades and colours to best suit your style.

Q: What is Hardie® Board siding?

Hardie® Board siding, made from a combination of sand, cement, and cellulose fibres, is a durable, attractive siding option that is known for its long-lasting nature. Hardie® Board is up to 5x thicker than vinyl, offering more protection for your home from moisture and other potential damages. This type of siding is waterproof, fire resistant, and helps prevent the infestation of pests, such as bugs or small animals.

Q: Will my new siding be able to handle Saskatchewan weather?

Yes. At Mex Roofing, we understand the brutality of the Saskatchewan winters. Our experts are cautious when choosing the materials for you home, careful to choose only the best products that can withstand any snowstorm, thunderstorm, or other treacherous weather you may experience on the prairies. With the help of Mex Roofing, your home will be a reliable sanctuary from the cold weather.



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