Springing into Roof Care

Springing into Roof Care: A Guide to Transitioning your Roof from Winter to Spring

The warmth of spring is a welcome feeling after a long and cold Calgary winter. The thawing of snow and ice is a welcome sight, but it’s also a reminder to get your roof ready for the spring season. Transitioning your roof from winter to spring is an important maintenance step to ensure the structure remains in good condition and can withstand the challenges that come with changing weather conditions. Here are some helpful steps to transition your roof from winter to spring.


Winter Roof Inspection

Calgary winters can be tough on your roof, and it’s important to conduct an initial inspection of your roof to quickly assess any damages after the snow and ice have thawed. Snow and ice buildups can cause damage to your shingles, flashings, and ventilation systems over time. Look for any signs of visible damage to these areas to get an idea of what needs repairing, and how severe the damage is.

Please make sure to take the necessary safety precautions before inspecting your roof. Wait for safe conditions and avoid going on the roof if it’s wet, icy, or snow-covered. If possible, conduct your inspection from the ground. Otherwise, make sure you have a spotter, are wearing the proper safety gear, and use a stable ladder. Read our Pre-Spring Roof Maintenance Tips blog post for more information on conducting a post-winter roof inspection.


Addressing Ice Dams

Ice dams are ridges of ice that form at the edge of your roof and prevent melting snow from draining off. They typically form when heavy snow buildup melts during the day and then refreezes when temperatures drop overnight. They can cause water to back up under the shingles, leading to leaks and potential damage to the interior of your home.

To prevent ice dams, you’ll need to address any issues related to insulation, ventilation, and heat loss within your home. Proper attic insulation and well-ventilated attic spaces are crucial factors in minimizing the risk of ice dam formation. In addition, you should regularly clean any accumulated snow from your roof over the winter, if possible. A safe way to do this is by using a roof rake, which allows you to clear the snow off your roof from the ground.


Checking for Water Leaks

Springtime brings warmer weather, causing any accumulation of snow and ice on your roof to melt, as well as frequent rains to occur. This transition can pose a significant risk for water leaks, which need to be addressed immediately to prevent further damage. Here are some places to check for signs of water leaks caused by springtime thaw:

Attic Spaces

Look for any water stains on the ceiling, roof deck from the attic or on attic insulation. Also, check for mould or mildew growth, as these are signs of moisture exposure.

Ceilings and Walls

Inspect ceilings and walls in every room for water stains, discolouration, or bubbling paint.

Examine Interior and Exterior Flashing

Check around chimneys, vents, and skylights for damaged or deteriorating flashing, as these are common entry points for water.If you find any signs of a water leak, take steps to fix the problem immediately to prevent further damage to your home. By following these steps, you can proactively identify and address water leaks, ice dam formation, and other potential hazards to your roof after a long winter. Reach out to Hubbard for professional roof repairs, or get a quote online, and make sure your roof is ready for another spring season.

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