Four Benefits of Getting Your Roof Ready for Winter Weather
When the first frost settles on the ground, it is a good time to start thinking about getting the roofing ready for winter weather. Taking the time to winterize a roof prevents a lot of problems and could help you avoid an emergency during the cold Canadian winters. Use these four tips to get your home’s rooftop ready for winter.
1. Clean the Gutters
Leaves, pine needles, dust, dirt, pollen, bird feathers and other debris may build up in the gutters from the springtime through the early autumn months of the year. It is important to clean out the debris so that rain, ice and snow can drain off of the roof. If the gutters become obstructed, the water could back up into the underlayment and wooden supports of the roofing. Scoop out solid debris by hand. Flush small items and dirt out with a garden hose. You can find more information and resources available at the Cherry & Clark Roofing website.
2. Flush the Downspouts
Downspouts can also get clogged with leaf or pine needle debris. Algae may grow in the downspouts, too. Birds may have built a nest around the downspout, leaving feathers, droppings and nesting materials near the intersection of the downspout and gutter. Downspouts may be washed out with a 10 percent bleach and water solution to get rid of algal growth. The waste water could damage nearby landscaping, so take care with where it drains.
3. Take a Look at the Roof
Take a look at the roof to check for curled or missing shingles, rusted or missing flashing, dips or other changes in the texture and areas of moss growth. You can do this with a pair of binoculars while standing on the ground or on a step stool or stepladder. If you notice more than a couple of missing or curled shingles, have these repaired now. Rusted or missing flashing should also be replaced. Changes in the texture or planar surface of the roof suggest possible damage underneath the shingles. Moss growth is common on the north face of a roof, especially if the north face is also shaded by a large tree. These issues should be evaluated by a roof inspector.
4. Arrange for a Roof Inspection
If a strong storm came through or your visual observations of the roof picked up any possible damage, it is important to schedule a professional inspection of your roofing system. If your roof has not been inspected in more than five years, it is also a good idea to have a roofer come and take a look at it. This gives you time to arrange for repairs or a roofing replacement if the damage is moderate to severe.