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Prepare Your Roof For Winter To Avoid Springtime Roof Repairs

Prepare Your Roof For Winter To Avoid Springtime Roof Repairs

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this applies to your roof as well. Taking steps to care for your home now will reduce the amount of damage it suffers and the extent of repairs needed in the future. Preventative measures are also often more affordable than extensive repairs and replacements. As winter quickly approaches, now is the time to get your home ready for this harsh season so that when the snow melts it won’t reveal damage from the winter. Here are some ways to prepare your roof ahead of time to avoid damage.

Avoid Roof Repairs By Doing These Before Winter

Clear The Gutters
Gutters are incredibly important for your home, especially during the spring when rain and snowmelt hit. When the snow and ice that have been building up on your roof all winter start to melt, they need a place to go. If your gutters are full of leaves, ice, and other debris, the water will spill over the sides of your gutters and instead pool at the base of your home. This can cause damage to the foundation or it can cause flooding if your basement windows don’t have a good seal. Clear your gutters out before the temperature drops or the debris in the gutters will start to freeze into any remaining water and be difficult to remove, blocking your gutters so they can no longer function. To learn more about the importance and care of gutters, read What Exactly Do Gutters Do?

Look for Pests
As the air grows colder, a variety of pests will be looking for a place to stay. Birds, raccoons, squirrels, bugs, and more will all be trying to get into the warm comfort of an attic. Not only are pests in any area of the house never ideal, but they may cause damage to the house as they attempt to make holes in the fascia and other vital areas. These holes can compromise the structure and heat circulation of the attic. If pests such as carpenter ants get into the fascia or the attic, they can cause roof damage as they wear away at the structural supports of the roof.

Trim Your Trees
Any overhanging branches can cause issues with your home in winter for several reasons. First of all, if your tree is covering the gutters, it will likely drop lots of leaves and debris into your gutters, creating a constant battle to keep the gutter clear. Second of all, as it snows tree branches may become weighed down and may bend so the tree is touching your roof. If the tree is older or the branch is rotting or weak, it may snap and land on your roof. While this may not be enough to cause immediate damage, it will add weight to your roof, which can lead to eventual damage or sagging, especially if your home is not new. Thirdly, when tree branches are above the roof or are otherwise very near and a winter storm starts up, the tree branch may break off and fall onto the roof which can cause extensive damage to the roof. Tree branches that are attached may also be blown around by the wind and smack into your roof. Pruning trees so that they are not as close to the roof can help reduce the risk of all three of these scenarios.

Get Your Roof Checked
While you might be able to see when a shingle is missing, you won't be able to see if the shingles have other damage, especially if you don’t get on the roof for a close look. Other damage, including leaks, cracks in the fascia, vent damage, and more are likely to be noticed by a roofing expert than by the common eye. Having a roofing expert check for potential roof repairs will help you best prepare for winter. Roof repair before winter hits will save you from needing more extensive and expensive roof repairs in the spring. 

 

Roof Repairs In Calgary

Prepare your roof for the winter and have roof repairs done now. Take the time to care for your gutters, your shingles, your fascia, and your entire roof so that you don’t have to deal with worse damage once the snow melts. If you want an expert eye to examine your roof and determine what roof repairs are needed, or if you want an expert to clean your gutters so you don’t need to get on a ladder, call Asonic Roofing. Our Calgary roofing company knows what the winter brings with it and we can help prepare your home for the worst of it. For preventative roof repairs or maintenance, call Asonic Roofing at 1-403-462-2808 or fill out the online contact form.

FAQ

There are several signs it’s time for a roof repair:

  • The roof is missing shingles
  • The roof is old
  • Shingles are losing their granules
  • Shingles are curling
  • Snow is melting off your roof when it is not melting off of the roofs of your neighbours.

More extreme roofing issues such as a sagging roof may need a full roof replacement.

 Our roofing services include:

  • Roof restoration and repair
  • Roof cleaning and maintenance 
  • Removal of old roofing material, as well as full site and yard clean-up 
  • Supply and installation of new vents 
  • Removal and replacement of rotten wood 
  • Supply and installation of quality shingles
  • Supply and installation of step-flashing to chimneys and skylights as required
  • Supply and installation of new plumbing collars and goosenecks

The best way to protect your roof is to complete regular maintenance and prompt repairs for any minor or major hail, wind, or rain damage. Over time, issues that are unnoticeable to the eye can weaken the integrity of your roof and create leaks. Learn more about potential roof storm damage by reading Storm Checklist To Prevent Long Term Repairs.

Get Your Free Roofing, Siding & Home Exterior Quote Today. Asonic Roofing Has You Covered!

We know that there are numerous roofing companies in Calgary you can choose from, but we set ourselves apart by providing our clients with free and honest assessments, fair prices, quality products, and excellent warranties.

Our focus is you, and we’ll never sell you anything that isn’t right for your home and family. Whether you require a total roof replacement, siding repair, or the installation of new windows and doors, our expert team will guide you through all your possible options to ensure you get exactly what you need. 

For more information about our roofing services, or to arrange a free assessment and quote, contact us today at (403) 462-2808 or complete our contact form below.

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