Why you should clean and inspect your roof this spring
Springtime is right around the corner which means it’s almost time to inspect your roof. With the changing of seasons, it’s always a good idea to create a checklist and spend some time ensuring your roof is working properly. Doing this will help protect you against a costly and unexpected repair down the road. We know that living through Canada winters can sometimes be challenging for people and the same goes for our roofs! With the combination of mother nature’s extreme weather conditions and forgetting to clean and inspect your roof, there will come a time when your roof fails. Harsh conditions our homes face include heavy rain, strong winds, large snowfalls and more. To help protect against a costly and unexpected repair, we’ve compiled a list of simple cleaning steps and things to look out for once springtime arrives.
Remove debris safely
Once the colder months have passed and the snow has melted, there is a very likely chance your gutters will be full of wet leaves and twigs. This is especially true if your home is situated near lots of trees and foliage. Doing this is a very easy job but it can take a bit of time depending on the amount of debris stuck in your gutters. Many people will wear gloves and physically pick up the debris and throw it out of the gutters. Because you’ll be on a ladder, you can get someone to help you collect the debris into a garbage bag as you remove it.
Deciding not to do this each springtime could mean your gutters become filled with mold which is an open invitation to pests and rodents looking for new homes. Not maintaining your gutters will also increase the chances of roof damage such as water leaks, raised shingles, and could risk the integrity of your home’s soffits, fascias, flashing, siding and overall roof functionality.
Clean your roof
While washing out your gutters, you’ll want to also clean off your roof itself. Removing debris then using a basic hose and/or leaf blower to wash off any dust and dirt will suffice. Sometimes people make the mistake of using a pressure washer to clean their roofs but this can be detrimental because it uses too much pressure and doing so may damage your shingles. And never forget to always get someone to help you with cleaning your roof because doing it alone is a safety hazard.
Don’t forget your downspout
Lastly, you should also clean out your downspout once the gutters are complete. You can do so by removing the horizontal pipes (if your downspouts have these), taking your garden hose and feeding water through the top where the gutter meets the downspout. You’ll know you’ve cleared the debris once the water flows easily through the downspout and onto the ground.
Look for early warning signs of damage
Once your roof, gutters and downspouts are all clean, it’s time to look for any damage that may have occurred over the winter. While looking for signs of damage on your roof it’s a good idea to record anything you find on a document so you can provide the information to a roofing professional if you decide to seek one.
Shingles, dark spots, flashing
Firstly, you’ll want to scan your roof for any raised, missing or damaged shingles. Shingles can become worn overtime as they face different weather conditions. Then you will want to examine your roof for any dark greenish spots as this is an indication of mold and/or water damage. Looking for these spots is especially important if your roof is beneath plenty of trees! Next, you’ll want to check your roof’s flashing to ensure it has not become loose. This is common in areas surrounding chimneys, edges and even skylights.
Check the inside of your home
Routine roof examinations shouldn’t end while you’re outside because checking the interior of your roof is just as important! If you discovered a missing shingle or crack in flashing, it could mean the problem has traveled into your home. Finding a leak early could be the difference between a minor repair and a costly and harmful problem such as mold and mildew. Using a basic flashlight, take a moment to inspect your attic for any signs of water, rotting, smells, rodent poop, ect.
Know when to call a professional
We are the experts at Cambie Roofing and we pride ourselves in the fact that we offer free estimates to potential customers. So, if you’ve performed your routine springtime roof check and you’ve discovered the need for a repair, don’t hesitate to call us! No matter what the problem is, big or small, old roof or new roof, we will be happy to help. Tackling a problem sooner than later will help protect you against an even more expensive bill. And even if you don’t think there’s a problem with your roof, you can give us a call if you’d like us to perform your springtime inspection. Some people are not comfortable or physically capable of using a ladder to check their roofs but that is where we come in handy! Our trained professionals can assist you with any roofing needs and/or questions. Getting someone to inspect your roof twice a year is best, especially in the springtime.