You may have noticed from our blog that we literally can’t stress any harder how critical proper roof maintenance is. After all, your roof is the gatekeeper to your home—that keeps out menacing moisture, toppling trees and unruly squirrels. To ensure that you support your roof with proper roof maintenance we’ve developed a year-round schedule for roof maintenance. Unfortunately there’s no app for that—but we highly recommend entering this into your smartphone’s calendar—to ensure that you stay on schedule.
Keeping to this year-round roof maintenance schedule will not only protect your home—it can save you tens of thousands of dollars in repairs—on everything from moisture-induced rot to roof replacement.
Your Year-Round Schedule for Roof Maintenance
Healthy, seasonally-based roofing maintenance should ideally include the following season-based elements:
In the glorious months of spring while you’re casting off the cold shackles of winter your roof will need the most loving. You’ll need to remove the debris, dirt, twigs, leaves and any remaining ice from the gutters. You will also want to remove all dirt, debris and leaves from the roof—especially in the valleys. The final thing you will want to check is the roof itself for winter-induced damage like shingle depreciation, shingle curling and flashing damage
During Toronto’s hot summer months you’ll want to ensure that your attic has proper ventilation and insulation—to ensure that heat does not become trapped in the attic and permanently damage your roof (remember back to high-school science class when you learned that heat rises). You’ll also want to scale the roof and check to see if the heat and intense sunshine has damaged the shingles or top coating.
In the autumn/fall you’ll need to give your gutters and downspouts some loving because they will undoubtedly become semi-clogged or fully-clogged with all the colourful leaves of fall. You may also need to trim tree branches that overhang on to your roof to prevent your roof from being damaged by moisture from fallen leaves (and to avoid having to clean your gutters again before fall is finished). The final thing you will want to do is to give a final pre-snow shingle inspection to see if anything needs replacing—because once snow falls your roof will be pretty much inaccessible (and/or you won’t be able to see any impending damage).
During winter you will need to remove any ice dams that occur in your gutters, to prevent moisture and more ice from building up against the side of your house and ruining your foundations and walls. You will also need to remove extra-heavy snow falls to ensure that your roof doesn’t cave in with all the weight (and we all know how heavy snow is thanks to our hundreds of hours shovelling our driveways).
If you can follow this year-round schedule for roof maintenance you will have a happy, healthy roof that can defend your home against whatever hell Mother Nature can throw at it. You will also save yourself the hassle of doing unnecessary minor repairs and thousands of dollars in major repairs.
Should you encounter any major issues that need repairing during your roof inspections—be sure to call Newmarket and surrounding area’s roofing experts, the Dillon Bros.