Why It Is Vital To Stay On Top Of Roof Repairs In The Winter

Winter weather in Calgary, Alberta is known for its cold and capricious nature. Temperatures in January average -15C. It is not much warmer from October to April, either. There are just three months of the year that residents can safely expect to not see any snow. Furthermore, large snowfalls are not uncommon. Not too long ago, 30cm was dumped during the course of one very bad storm. While this is an exceptional amount of snow to receive at once, storms like this need to be kept in mind when weatherproofing a home. A roof has to be able to handle both the expected weather and those all too frequent unexpected extreme events. A proper roof repair schedule carried out by a professional roofing contractor is your best defense from harsh winter weather.

If a roof is allowed to fall into disrepair, the homeowner can expect certain problems to quickly accumulate. One of the first things a homeowner will notice will be higher heating bills as the weather grows cold. A roof in poor repair is not as efficient of an insulator. Drafts from weak spots sap away heat. Missing shingles and loose sheeting can create water leaks. Left untreated, a water leak can make any repair much more costly. Extreme weather may cause a poorly maintained roof to dangerously malfunction. Heavy snows can cause a collapse under the weight of the built up snow and ice. High winds blow off loose singles or weakened sections of a building’s roof. Only regular roof maintenance by a qualified roofing contractor, such as our professional staff at Done Right Roofing, can prevent these unfortunate happenings.

Maintaining a roof during the winter season is much simpler than trying to perform a major repair due to neglect. Something as simple as regularly inspecting your gutters for ice and snow build-up can be incredibly helpful in assessing any needed roof repairs. Look for shingle granules, loose or torn roofing materials, and damaged seals around skylights or other things in the roof. Check your roof line; be sure it is not sagging and inspect your chimney for any sign of leaning or cracking.

On the interior of your home, look for dark spots in plaster or woodwork. Turn off any lights during the daytime and look for any light shining through cracks in your roofing material. Inspect wood and insulation for mold or mildew. You may smell early stages of water damage and mold before you see any sign of it in a causal examination. Any sign of a problem is much more serious in cold weather. Being diligent about removing ice and snow from your roof and gutter will help save your roof. If you also incorporate regular roof inspections into your home maintenance schedule, you are sure to prevent a minor roof repair from turning into a major expense during the worst weather of the year. Don’t wait until the spring to take care of repairs, call our team at Done Right Roofing today!

POSTED: 01/20/14 8:26 AM
IN: Season Preparation