Winters in Winnipeg can be harsh, especially to your roof. Since the season is finally over, it is now time to check your roof and see what damage the past season may have caused. Being your first line of defense against outside elements, you want to make sure that your roof is functioning properly and that it will still be able to efficiently protect you and your family in the seasons to come.
Because of the more favorable weather conditions, spring is one of the best seasons to hire your trusted Winnipeg roofing contractor to have a look at your roof. As much as most homeowners prefer to do the job themselves, it is always best to hire professionals. Aside from having more knowledge on roofing matters, a Winnipeg roofing expert will be able to provide you with the best recommendations to address whatever issues they may discover during the inspection. This, however, does not mean that you should not keep yourself informed on the things that you need to know about roof inspection and maintenance.
Here are some tips for homeowners:
Remove All Debris On The Roof
Presence of debris on your roof could result in mold or mildew problems. This could do extensive damage which may require a total roof replacement. When you see debris on your roof, get rid of them right away before they cause more problems. Clearing off debris on your roof can easily be done by hand or by the use of a leaf blower.
Inspect Shingles For Signs of Damage
Shingles are the outermost part of your roof, hence most prone to damages which means they require the most attention when performing roof inspection. Missing shingles can cause a weak spot in your roof, allowing moisture entry. Shingle damage should also be addressed immediately as moisture can cause damage to other parts of your roofing system. You want to fix the problem before it causes extensive damage to the rest of your home.
Check Flashings and Chimney
Flashings are metal strips installed to secure susceptible leaking points on the roof. If these flashings are broken, leaking will follow, causing damage to the rest of your roofing system. Make sure that broken flashings are replaced and properly installed.
Flashings around the chimney can easily pull away, creating small holes allowing entry for water and pests. Before fixing the problem, make sure to identify where the damage started to guarantee effective solutions.
Wash off Mold and Mildew
After the roof has been cleared off from debris, look for signs of mold and mildew. Check your roof for discolored streaks which may be evidence of their presence. You want to get rid of mold and mildew as soon as early signs show up as they can be harmful to both your roof’s and your health. You can easily remove them simply by power washing your roof. If mildew growth has become extensive, you may need to use chemicals to remove them more effectively.
Check for Damaged Tree Branches
Fallen tree branches can cause puncturing on your roof which will result in massive leaking, especially during heavy rains. Small tree branches are easier to remove but for bigger ones, be sure to ask for help from roofing experts to avoid accidents.
Check all the trees nearby and look for damaged branches which may fall off anytime and get rid of them. You may also want to trim your trees to lessen the chances of these branches falling off during strong winds.
Rainwater should be able to flow properly through the gutter and downspout away from your house. If the gutter does not properly function, water can cause great damage to the foundation of your home. Clogged gutters can also cause water to overflow on your roof, damaging other parts of it, which will ultimately result in leaking.
Make sure that your gutters are still good and replace or repair them as soon as you see damages, no matter how small they are. Clear your gutters from anything that may cause clogging. If you want easier gutter maintenance, you may want to consider using gutter guards.
Let All Weather Exteriors Help You!
Spring has begun and so has the season to have your roof inspection done. It is important to detect the problems early on rather than waiting for bigger damages to show up before you do something about it. Delaying solutions would mean enormous damage not only to your roof, but to the rest of your home, including its interiors.
Always ask help from professionals when dealing with your roof. They have profound expertise in finding and dealing with different roofing problems. All Weather Exteriors is a team of roofing experts who will be able to provide you with the best solutions and best recommendations that will work best for your and your roof.
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