Preparing Your Roof for the Spring: Everything You Need to Know

As the milder spring temperatures arrive, there’s a lot to get done in and around the home to spruce it up for the busy summer season ahead. One of the main tasks that should be included on every homeowner’s to-do list is preparing the roof for the spring. Here’s what to do to take proper care of your roof this season.

Have the Roof Inspected

Exposure to intense winter storms and ice can wreak havoc on the roof structure. That’s why every winter season should be followed by a roof inspection in the spring. To avoid major problems and costly repairs, hire a professional and reputable roofing contractor to come and assess it for any signs of damage. This is particularly important to do if your roof is old and reaching the end of its lifespan.

Eliminate Pests

During the course of the winter, it’s common to have animals burrow in and form nests along the roof. Raccoons and squirrels can scratch, dig, chew, and leave behind a good degree of damage that can cost you. If there are any signs that unwanted guests have moved into your chimney, structure or attic, have an animal removal service called in to take care of it as soon as possible to prevent any damage to your roof and home.

Clean and Repair Roof and Gutters

With so much gunk collecting along the roof from the fall season, your gutters will likely be clogged up in the spring, which is why cleaning them out is a necessity. To avoid any water damage around your home during those heavy downpours, have any debris cleared from your roof and gutter system. It’s best to hire a professional who can do this safely. If there are any cracks or sagging sections along the eavestrough or roof, have them fixed now so you won’t have to worry about it once the busy summer season arrives.

Check for Water Damage

Your home is most vulnerable to water damage after the winter, once the snow starts to melt and the spring showers begin. So it’s a good idea to thoroughly check around your home for any signs of moisture damage. Watermarks or bubbling along the ceiling or walls could indicate a leak that might not be visible from the exterior. If you spot something of concern, don’t wait to have it seen. Call to have it inspected and repaired if necessary. Even minor leaks can eventually cause wood rot and damage to the underlayment and insulation.

Not keen on doing the prep work for your roof this spring? Give us a call instead at Roofmaster. We can perform inspections, maintenance, repairs, and replacements. We offer professional, quality service for all of your roof-related needs in Ottawa. Contact us today to learn more or to get a quote.