Spring is on the horizon here in Regina. It's almost time to start the home maintenance tasks we've been putting off all winter. The wild Saskatchewan winters can take their toll on your roof. To ensure your roof is ready for the coming seasons, spring roof maintenance is an essential task for any homeowner. Performing maintenance tasks such as cleaning your gutters, trimming trees, and getting a professional roof inspection done will help ensure your roof is ready for whatever the Saskatchewan climate throws at it. The roofing experts at United Roofing & Exteriors have put together a helpful list of spring roof maintenance tips for Saskatchewan homeowners. These tips will help you make sure your roof is in tip-top shape! Read on to learn more!
Inspect Your Roof
A roof inspection is a great place to start when it comes to spring roof maintenance. This will help you spot any potential issues with your roofing system. To inspect your roof, start by walking around the exterior of your home. You'll want to look for loose, missing or damaged shingles. Next, check the soffit and fascia for cracking, bowing, or missing pieces. It's also a good idea to check the flashing around any vents and your chimney. Sometimes signs of roof damage can be hard to see from the ground. You may need to get a ladder to get a closer look. Damaged shingles, soffit and fascia can lead to roof leaks and water damage in your home. By inspecting your roof at least twice a year, you can spot any signs of roof damage and repair them before they become bigger issues. If you need some tips on performing a roof inspection, you can read our blog here. While it is possible to do your own roof inspection, we recommend calling a professional (like the professionals at United!). A professional roofer can easily spot any signs of damage and recommend the appropriate repairs.
Check for Water Damage
If you have found any signs of roof damage during your inspection (or even if you didn't), you should check your home for signs of water damage. Signs of water damage from a roof leak will usually be pretty obvious. Look for any signs of mould and mildew in your attic or around the ceilings. You should also look for discoloration on walls and ceilings or staining from leaking pipes or gutters. This is also a good time to inspect the attic insulation for any signs that it has become wet during the winter. If you notice any signs of water damage in your home, you should call a roofing contractor as soon as possible to find any roof leaks and repair them.
Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning your gutters is another essential part of spring roof maintenance. Over the winter, dirt, pinecones, leaves and other debris can collect in your gutters and prevent water from flowing away from your roof. Clogged gutters can lead to water seeping under your shingles or through the fascia and down into your attic, causing water damage to your roof and home. Cleaning your gutters also allows you to spot any signs of damage before it worsens. It is recommended to clean your gutters twice a year, usually in the spring and the fall. Keeping your gutters clear and debris-free will help ensure your home stays safe from water damage.
Trim and Prune Your Trees
Trees with branches that hang over your roof can cause severe damage. These branches can break off in high winds and fall on your roof or scrape against it. This can cause damage to the shingles and even puncture your roof. Trimming or pruning trees can help prevent damage to your roof and gutters and reduce the risk of falling branches. If you plan on trimming and pruning your trees yourself, make sure you take the proper safety precautions so you don't injure yourself or damage your home. If you don't have the proper equipment or don't feel comfortable trimming your trees, call a professional trimming tree service.
Clean Your Roof
Cleaning your roof is another essential spring roof maintenance task. Over time, leaves and other debris can collect on your roof. This debris can hold onto moisture and promote mould and mildew growth. This debris can also give insects and other pests a place to hide and potentially invade your home. To prevent this, it is important to remove all leaves and other debris that have made their way onto your roof. Cleaning your roof can be tricky; unless you have the right products and safety equipment, we don't recommend cleaning your roof on your own. Using the wrong tools and products can do more harm than good. Instead, contact a professional who offers roof cleaning services!
Make Any Roof Repairs
If you find any signs of roof damage, it is important to perform repairs as soon as possible. If you wait too long to make roof repairs, the damage can get worse and lead to roof leaks that can cause severe damage to your home. This damage and the additional maintenance expenses can be prevented if roof repairs are made immediately after any damage is detected. We do not recommend repairing your roof on your own. Roofing is not a DIY project, and unless you are an experienced roofer, you may end up causing more damage to your home. At United Roofing & Exteriors, we offer roof repair services to ensure your roof will protect your home for years to come.
United Roofing & Exteriors is Here For All Your Roofing Needs In Saskatchewan.
While spring roof maintenance may seem like a daunting task, it is essential in ensuring your roof lasts its expected life span. Like with most things, preventative maintenance will always be cheaper and easier than costly roof repairs and replacements. At United Roofing & Exteriors, we offer all the services you need to keep your roof in tip-top shape! From repairs and replacements to roof maintenance and new installations, we are here to ensure your home is protected from the elements. If you need roofing services in Saskatchewan, contact the team at United today!