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Roof Maintenance Tips: Safeguarding your Roof for Spring

It’s hard to believe that spring is right around the corner already. With spring comes warmer weather, and that means it’s time to start thinking about getting your roof spring ready. From checking for winter damage, to properly sealing any leaks, we’re here to help you through it all with our spring roof maintenance tips.


Inspection and Cleaning

Calgary winters can be rough on roofs. Snow and ice have the potential to cause damage and even lead to serious leaks if not addressed. Once the snow starts to thaw, it will be time to visually inspect your roof system and the ceiling inside your home. Here is a list of items to complete, as long as it is safe for you to do so:

1. Shingle Inspection

You’ll want to check your entire roof and look for signs of visible damage such as missing shingles, curling, cracking, or blistering as these are all signs that you may need to replace these shingles soon. If your roof appears to be sagging, this could be an indicator of rotten wood and/or structural problems or damage from severe winter conditions. 

2. Ceiling Inspection

If winter brought with it an extended cold snap, it is time to check the ceiling inside your home for water damage from attic rain. Check for signs of water where the ceiling meets the wall, as well as around bathroom vents, as water damage often shows up here following attic rain.  Attic rain isn’t always completely avoidable, but it can be mitigated with enhanced ventilation.

3. Flashings Inspection

Check the condition of your roof flashings. These are metal pieces installed along the chimney and walls, as well as in the valleys to prevent water infiltration. Look for missing pieces, rust, corrosion, or any signs of deterioration, as damaged flashings can compromise your roof’s waterproofing.

4. Inspect Your Ventilation Systems

Evaluate the condition of ventilation systems on your roof, including vents and exhaust fans. Proper ventilation is essential to prevent moisture buildup in your attic, which can lead to attic rain and mould growth as well as structural damage.

Follow these initial steps to assess the condition of your roof after a harsh winter. A proper inspection will allow you to assess any damage, and promptly move on to repairs.


Prevent Future Winter Related Issues

After assessing and repairing any damage to your roof after winter, you’ll want to make sure you take proactive steps to prevent any further issues: Here are some further roof maintenance tips to help you prepare for spring:

Clear Debris and Snow Regularly

Regularly maintain your roof, especially during the winter months. Clear accumulated snow, ice, and debris from your roof to prevent excessive weight and reduce the risk of ice dam formation. This can be done safely with a snow rake, which can be purchased at most home improvement stores.

Maintain Your Gutters

Clogged gutters can contribute to ice dams and water backup, causing damage to both your roof, and your home’s structure. Keep gutter and downspouts clear of debris to allow for proper drainage.

Trim Overhanging Tree Branches

Heavy snow or ice accumulation on branches can lead to breakage, causing damage to your roof. Trim any branches that overhang your roof, as they have the potential of falling onto your roof in heavy snowfall.

Schedule Professional Roof Maintenance

Schedule professional roof maintenance to identify and address any potential issues. Hubbard can assess the overall condition of your roof and recommend proactive measures to mitigate winter-related damage and ensure a clean roof in the spring.


These roof maintenance tips will ensure that your roof is well-kept and safe during the winter months, leading to a stress-free spring season.Ready to elevate your roof maintenance? Hubbard is here to provide professional services tailored to offer you peace of mind. Call us today or get a quote online to get started. Wishing you a delightful end to winter and an even more splendid spring season!

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