With Calgary’s varied climate, it’s important to check your roofing and siding routinely throughout the year. From the super-cold winters to the dry summers, you want to make sure that your home is protected from the elements.
Not sure what to look for each season? Here’s the ultimate checklist for roofing and siding maintenance. Our team at Guns N Hoses repairs Calgary rooftops and siding all year long, and we’re here to show you how to make it as easy as possible to keep your home in great condition.
When the rainy season hits, it’s all about keeping things nice and tidy. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to make sure everything is still in working order from winter.
Inspect for Winter Damage
Both the interior and exterior of your home should go through its own version of spring cleaning.
Check for any potential winter damage like a leaky roof—watch out for musty odors, water stains or building patches on the walls.
You should also check your roof flashing (the metal pieces surrounding your chimney, vents and any skylights) for any cracks, warped metal or rust.
Clean Winter Debris from Your Gutters
Spring is also a good time to check and clean your gutters of any leaves, dirt or snow. Simply scoop out the debris with your hands (preferably with a glove on).
Without cleaning your gutters, you risk both internal and external water damage to your home. Plus, it could attract some unwanted visitors like rodents, birds and insects looking for a home.
Check for Loose or Missing Shingles
Spring is also the best time to check for loose or missing shingles due to recent snow storms or heavy winds. You’ll want to get shingles replaced or repaired as soon as possible. If you leave behind any damaged shingles, you’re potentially allowing mold to grow from the water ingress.
When the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time to head outdoors and enjoy the heat. It’s also a time when the sun is beating down on your roof and can cause damage. Here’s what to look out for.
Inspect for UV Damage
Take a good look around your home and check for any UV damage, especially curling on your shingles. That’s typically a sign that there’s heat damage to your roof.
You can also experience UV damage inside your home through your windows. The sun’s UV rays can penetrate your skin and actually accelerate your skin’s age over time.
Check Attic Ventilation
Making sure your attic is properly ventilated is key to preventing mold from growing and ensuring the structural beams holding up your roof won’t be damaged.
To avoid these issues, be sure heat is able to escape the attic and cooler air is coming in. Adding a solar vent can be an excellent way to improve your attic’s ventilation while providing natural light and improving your home’s energy efficiency.
Ensure Siding Isn’t Heat-Warped
You should also check for heat warping—when the sun directs more thermal energy to your siding and the shape begins to change or droop. Dark-colored siding is more likely to be warped in the heat.
Unfortunately, the only way to fix heavily warped or damaged siding is to replace the sections entirely, since it can’t be returned to its original shape. Our team can provide you with new siding made from various high-quality materials.
The cool-weather season is one of the busiest times of year for roofing maintenance. More than ever, it’s the best time to prepare your home for the upcoming snow and ice, and now you can do it without the hot sun beating down on you.
Prepare for Winter
One of the most crucial things you should do to prepare for winter is trim your trees. Cutting back on any overgrown tree branches will not only keep your roof protected from falling branches, but it also reduces the time you need to spend cleaning out your gutters.
You should also remove any moss or algae that may be growing on your roof. It’s the last chance to check before any snow hits. While you’re on the roof, check for any shingles that may be damaged and need a repair or replacement.
Clean Gutters & Downspouts
Cleaning the leaves and debris from your gutters is also super important. Be sure that the downspouts aren’t blocked, allowing water to flow freely away from your house.
In most cases, a regular garden hose with a spray nozzle can get the job done, or a dry vacuum—which is definitely tougher after rain or snow appears.
Inspect & Repair Seals & Flashing
Check all of your windows for any broken window seals, which is super important for keeping the upcoming winter weather out of your home. If you do need to get a damaged seal fixed, do not try to do it yourself. It’s better to hire a professional who has all the right tools and materials.
If you plan to light up your fireplace in the near future, go ahead and check on your chimney. Inspect the flashing around the chimney—the flat, thin pieces of metal that waterproof the perimeter of your roof. If working properly, flashing helps ensure moisture can easily flow away from your rooftop and prevents water from entering through any openings or cracks.
The super-cold weather has officially arrived, and one of the last things you want to be doing is working on home repairs. If you’ve properly prepared for the season, then you won’t have to do much.
Monitor for Ice Dams
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms along the edge of your roof, preventing melting snow and water from draining off the roof. It’s important to try and break the dam, carefully, so that any built-up water doesn’t leak into your home and cause damage.
Clear Heavy Snow Off the Roof
Help lessen the load on your roof by clearing any heavy snow, but please do it as safely as possible or hire a professional. Even light snowflakes, which may seem harmless, can lead to heavy build-up over time, causing major roof damage or leaks.
Check for Interior Leaks
Speaking of leaks, now’s the time to check for any damages that would result in a leak, especially after a big winter storm. Walk through the interior of your home and look for water spots on the ceilings, walls, insulation and other areas.
If you do notice any leaks, contact a professional immediately to get it fixed before any further damage is caused.
Getting Professional Roofing & Siding Support
Following this seasonal checklist not only ensures your roof and siding are doing their jobs—it will also make your roof last much longer. These small to-do items are well worth it in the long run and can potentially save you money on costly repairs in the future.
If you feel like you need professional help with any of these items, contact us at Guns N Hoses to come inspect your home and recommend solutions to any issues we find. We’re here to help when you need us.