Good riddance, winter! Spring is finally here and at Claw Roofing, we couldn’t be happier. However, before we completely put the cold season behind us, we need to remember that the winter may have caused detrimental havoc on our roof. Between ice dams, snow build up, freezing temperatures and heavy winds, a variety of issues can occur over the winter and when the weather clears up, it’s important to do a thorough check-up. Here’s a list of potential problems to look for when inspecting your roof after the winter:
The most obvious issue to look for when conducting your roof inspection is visible water spots on your ceiling. Excessive snow build up on top of your roof along with debris in your gutters can cause ice dams or water that may seep through your roof in through your ceiling. This type of build-up can create wetness or cracks on your ceiling and walls and if this issue isn’t taken care of as soon as possible, you could face leakage and possible mould.
To inspect your roof a little deeper, you’ll want to safely climb up on top of your house and inspect your shingles. Sometimes shingles can be greatly damaged in harsher climates and because we live in the North, it’s even more likely that this will occur. Whether your shingles are bruised, cracked, blistered or completely torn off, it’s important to address this issue immediately to avoid potential issues with your roof. You can either repair or replace the shingles yourself or hire someone to help you out.
Take a look at the flashing on your roof. Flashing are the metal pieces usually found around the chimneys, pipes, dormer windows, skylights and valleys which help prevent water from seeping in and causing damage to your roof. You’ll want to look for any loose or deteriorating flashing and if successful, you can easily patch up the issue yourself using caulking or roof cement. If your flashing needs more complex attention, it’s recommended to contact a professional.
Winter can be harsh on our homes so in order to avoid costly and/or dangerous repairs in the future, it’s important to conduct a thorough inspection. Because we live in Canada, we need to give our roofs a little extra TLC! As proud Canadians, we also know that it’s okay to ask for help when we need it. If you need advice or services in residential, commercial or flat roofing, especially on how to maintain your roof after the winter, we’ll be happy to help! After all, we’re committed to ALWAYS providing you with our best work! Contact us today and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.