6 Spring roof maintenance tips that will extend the lifespan of your roof

Bees are buzzing and buds are blooming. Spring has arrived at last and that means it’s time to target those annual chores that keep your home in tiptop shape. When it comes to your roof, a bit of preventive maintenance every year can go a long way towards nullifying the need for extensive roof repair down the road. Homeowners in Mississauga, Etobicoke and throughout the GTA should do the following six things to prolong the lifespans of their roofs.

1. Clean the eavestroughs and downspout

To prevent the possibility of incurring water damage, it’s important that your eavestroughs and downspouts be kept clear. Use a plastic gutter scoop (available at almost all hardware stores) or gloved hands to remove leaves and gunk that clings to your eavestroughs. Use a hose pumping at full blast to clear out your downspout.

2. Sweep away debris

Leaves, twigs and sticks should be swept off your roof so they don’t fall into your eavestrough and cause blockages.

3. Remove any moss or algae

While the problem with algae is primarily one of aesthetics—it tends to stain—with moss, actual damage is possible. Moss can trap moisture and cause underlying materials to rot, and as it grows can also break the bond between shingles. This weakening makes it more likely that weather elements—wind, rain, snow, etc.—will cause damage to your roof. To get rid of moss and algae, use a specially formulated spray (can be purchased from home and garden centres) and a brush to remove it. Never use a pressure washer on your roof, as this is likely to do far more harm than good.

4. Trim tree branches away from the roof

Tree branches that encroach upon your roof may scrape at its surface and possibly puncture roof materials. Additionally, they can provide a pathway for three things that may cause issues if left unchecked: moss spores, pests and debris. Nip problems in the bud by trimming unruly tree branches away from your roofline.

5. Replace missing or damaged shingles

While cleaning your roof and eavestroughs, be on the lookout for any missing or damaged shingles. They’re easy to replace and not too expensive. However, if shingles are curled or buckled, this is often a sign that your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan and will soon need to be replaced.

6. Inspect for deterioration of materials and water damage

A thorough inspection of your roof should be done at least once a year. Be sure to check your:

  • Flashing and its associated sealants for rust or damage
  • Soffits and fascia for pests
  • Wood trim for rot
  • Entire roof for signs of water damage
  • Attic for light and water infiltration

Roofing contractors

If your spring inspection turns up problems, you’ll need to hire roofers. In Etobicoke, Mississauga and throughout the GTA, AAA Roofmasters is the company of choice. Contact us today to schedule an inspection and get a free estimate on roof repair or replacement.

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