The winter is over, and spring is almost here in Edmonton. Before you settle into the cosiness of spring, there’s a lot of things that you need to do for your home’s roof. Why only roof? That’s because your home’s roof will be the first part to experience any drastic change. All the snow accumulated on the roof will melt, and water will flow around everywhere. Your home’s roof should be ready to take this change. Hence, make sure you do all of this to prepare your roof.
The first step to prepare your roof and eavestrough for the coming seasons is to inspect the roof and see if everything is perfect. Start from the inside; go up to your attic and inspect the ceiling. See if you can see sunlight penetrating the ceiling through a slit or hole. This slit or hole will result in leakages in your attic and also other water damages. Make a note of this issue. Now, move outside and take a closer look at your roofing. See if you see any damaged shingles. Look for any missing nails that keep shingles and flashing in place. Also, look for any cracks or other damages in your main roofing surface. If you find any of these issues, call your roofing specialist and get them repaired at the earliest. Even a small damage can grow into a serious reason resulting in massive damages.
Flashing is used wherever different elements of the roof come together. For example, where the roof meets the chimney, skylights, windows, etc. Check every piece of flashing on your roof and make sure they are in good shape. Check every flashing, especially their edges and corners to see if they are rusted. While inspecting, if you identify any damaged, cracked, or curling flashing, get rid of it immediately. You can let your roofing expert do it for you for complete perfection.
When checking flashing around your roof installations, look for depleting caulking too. Caulking is the putty or cement that keeps roof installations in place. When caulking material starts depleting, the installations may become shaky, and you will also experience leaks inside your house as melting snow gets a passage to enter your house. Therefore, avoid these issues as they can be costly to deal with if they grow severe. Ask your roofing expert to find out the best caulking material and caulk chimneys, skylights, windows, and any other roof installation well.
It’s that time of the year when snow collected on your home’s roof will melt. Eavestroughs play a vital role to maintain the integrity of your home’s roof and the main structure too. The combination of eavestrough and downspouts collect rainwater and melting snow and direct them away from the house, to the desired place. If eavestroughs are damaged or clogged, they won’t be able to serve the purpose completely. Therefore, before spring arrives, take a look at the entire eavestrough section. Make sure that they aren’t clogged with dead leaves, twigs, and bird nests. Remove any debris accumulated in the passage of eavestrough. Once the passage is clear, inspect the eavestrough to find any cracks or holes. These damages will result in improper dispose of water collected from your home’s roof. If you feel that the angle of your eavestrough has been impacted, call the roofing expert and fix the issue.
During winter months, moisture will get trapped between your shingles and roof surface. As the temperature drops, this moisture droplets will freeze and expand. The expansion will push shingles away from the surface, thus loosening the connection when the temperature increases again. This is how your shingles can fall out of place once spring arrives. So make sure you closely examine your roof shingles. Reinstall those loose shingles back in place.
Apart from this, your shingles can also show other kinds of damage and disrepair. Be sure to look at them closely for problems like exposed nails, cracks, missing pieces, and curved edges. If you find any of these issues, you know that you have to replace all those damaged shingles to make sure your roof is ready for spring and summer.
If you already have roof insulation, you already know where it is positioned and what’s the use of having it in place. But if you are reading this term for the first time, then you must know everything about roof insulation. It is an insulating blanket wedged between the roof’s surface and the roof deck and is used to reduce the transfer of heat. Before the warm seasons approach, make sure you install this insulation to prevent your home from becoming too hot on the inside.
If you have mature trees on your property, it can be a concern for you. Winds will be at their best during the spring season. These strong winds can sway even the most mature trees. Limbs of trees can fall directly on your home’s roof and other parts of the property such as garden area. No matter where these heavy limbs fall, they will destroy everything that comes their way. In other words, heavy branches from trees can break shingles, detach eavestrough, and even break the roof surface. Therefore, it is better to take precautions and safeguard your home’s roof, and of course, other parts of your house too. Trim all the heavy and low hanging branches of these trees that sway a lot with winds.
Make sure you don’t go up on your roof yourself as you may end up ruining your roof instead of preparing it for spring and summer. Always call roofing experts to inspect and repair the components of your roof so that they can do the job perfectly, without causing any damage to your property.