Spring has sprung and you are wise to consider getting your roof ready for spring with some basic roof maintenance to ensure seasons ahead of worry free protection from the elements.
Winter can be hard on your roof, as it handles the snow, wind, and ice all season long. Once the weather starts to warm up, your roof needs an inspection and then if necessary some action to make sure it is in good shape for the seasons ahead!
Here are the top things to consider this time of year and as always we recommend a professional to do the job so as to avoid any unnecessary risk getting up on the roof.
Clean the Gutters
Eavestroughs and downspouts are meant to safely run water off your roof when the rain comes. If your gutters have debris built up in them – which they likely will after the winter – you will need to clean them out in preparation for spring showers.
Check the Shingles
Are any shingles worn out or missing or nails exposed? Get those fixed right away. If it has been a long time since your roof was done it may also be a time to consider a complete replacement.
Examine the Flashing
Flashing connects different elements of your roof – like skylights, windows, or where two slopes of the roof come together.
Make sure it is in good shape along with the caulking around it. Rust is also a sign that you may need to replace the flashing.
Check Soffit and Fascia
Soffits are metal or wood panels along the underside of the roof between the wall of the house and the roofline, while fascia are the metal or wood boards along the roofline or behind the eavestrough. Check to see if the soffits or fascia have any soft spots, holes, or damaged parts. Depending on how far gone they are, they might need to be repaired or replaced.
Check for Water Damage or Ice Dam Damage
Do you see any signs of a leak inside your home or on the roof? Snow melting from the winter or destruction caused by ice dams can result in water damage on your roof, your ceilings, your insulation, and so on.
If you spot a roof leak, it needs immediate attention before it can cause any more damage – like rotting your roof’s underlayment and destroying your insulation.
Bottom Line: If you get a roof inspection this spring and repair problems now, you’ll save yourself serious headaches down the road. You don’t want to wait until the small repair issues become big disasters.
If you're ready to take some action on your roof maintenance, the team at Class EH! Roofing would be pleased to assist. Please fill out a contact form and we will be happy to give you a free estimate.
Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!