The snow has finally melted and the weather is warming up, so it’s time to start spring cleaning! Spring is the perfect time to inspect your roof for wear and tear from the wintertime and to give it a good maintenance check. Follow these routine care tips to maintain your roof.
Clean the Gutters
Over the winter, you may not have noticed the debris that built up in your gutters. Damp leaves, twigs, and other flora, when not properly removed, can clog the gutter canals and cause water to back up. Water in your gutters can damage your roof, the decking, and shingles.
Skip the Pressure Washer
It may seem like it would be easier to clean the dirt and grime from your roof with a pressure washer, but the high pressure can cause damage to shingles and your roof. To clean your roof, simply use your hose.
Inspect the Flashings
Flashings are the angled aluminum strips on the edges of the roof. They are installed to help prevent water from building up, and to guide snowmelt, rain, and other water into the gutter. They should be flush with the side of the roof, so if you notice that there is buckling, rust, or other damage to the flashings, you should have your local GTA roofing company come out to take a look.
Check Out the Shingles
Even newer roofs are not totally immune from the effects of inclement weather. Inspect your roof for loose shingles; shingles that are broken, curling, or cracked. It’s also a good idea to inspect for missing nails or nails that are sticking up.
A few loose nails or damaged shingles are not a cause for concern. However, if large chunks of your roof appear to have damaged or missing shingles, it may be time for a new roof.
Check for Water Damage
If you notice cracks in the shingles or on your roof or soft spots, these may be signs of water damage. If you notice potential water damage, it is important to call a professional roofing company to inspect and repair your roof.
Check for Sag
Now that you have been on the roof, it’s time to come down to the ground level and examine your roof for a sagging roof deck. If you notice that your roof is looking a little down in the middle and suspect it may be sagging, it’s time to call in the professionals to root out the cause and correct it.
By properly maintaining and inspecting your roof, you can keep it in good condition for years. Regular maintenance can also alert you to potential problems before they become costly. For help maintaining your roof or to request a free roofing installation or repair quote, please feel free to contact Logik Roofing at (905) 424-7469 today!