Summer: The Prime Time For Roof Work

We often encourage our customers to book a roof inspection heading into winter at the end of fall, as well as coming out of winter in the spring. The autumn inspection ensures that your roof is in good shape going into the harshest season; the spring inspection is to ensure that your roof has sustained no serious damage in those harsh months. While these seasonal checkups can be extremely useful for identifying roofing problems and patching small issues, if you want to undertake a serious overhaul to your roof or do something drastic like installing ridge vents or a skylight, summer truly is the best time to get it done.

At Professional Roofers here in Toronto and the GTA, we get a ton of calls in the springtime to book summer roof repairs and roof renovations. If you’re looking at getting some roof work done this summer, we highly recommend you call to book immediately. We often get a lot of re-shingling work in the summer, simply because of logistical reasons: shingles need to dry and adhere; the hot summer sun helps give them the dry environment they need for optimal performance. It is also extremely helpful for the plywood underneath the shingles to stay dry, so that mold does not begin to grow. Of course, there is rain in the summer as well, but the hot, dry days in between help the rain evaporate and let the roof dry out so that your freshly repaired roof has a chance to settle in before the onslaught of winter.

The other challenge of a rainy summer – like the one we had in 2017 – is that the precipitation can pool and cause problems if the pitch of your roof isn’t precisely what it ought to be. This is why, as flat roof specialists, we always emphasize the importance of the pitch in the weatherproof membrane that constitutes your flat roof. If the pitch isn’t right, the water won’t roll off, or it will roll off and pool at your home’s foundation – and that’s a whole other headache.

You may not think that your home’s foundation falls into the concerns of a roofing company, but if you take a holistic approach to home care, it’s easy to see how the two are related. In addition to making sure your roof is angled properly, it is important to fix your eavestroughs and downspouts when they are broken. If you leave them in disrepair, then water will collect and damage your basement and foundation. A functional roof pitch, in conjunction with a proper drainage system, will direct water away from your home and into the city’s sewage system, where it belongs.    

Finally (and of course this is a slightly selfish reason), roof work in the summer is best because it provides a safe, comfortable atmosphere in which to work. While our pros provide expert roof repair help all year round, it is easiest to perform this work in the fresh, warm summer air. Additionally, there is less of a chance that work will need to halt due to poor weather, and for obvious reasons, halting an extensive renovation on a roof can be extremely problematic. 

Spring Maintenance Tips For Your Roof

While we still have a few weeks of winter left here in Toronto, Canada, we are edging closer towards spring and all of the joys of warmer weather. Winter can still hit us with a last blast in the month of April, but you can trust that it will slowly begin warming up. With the longer days and extra sunshine, you’ll have the energy to tackle spring cleaning and spring maintenance – it’s always nice when the clouds part and the snow melts at winter’s end and you find yourself and your home still standing.

As we’ve discussed in detail on the blog over the past few months, winter can be extremely hard on roofs. As seasoned roof repair experts in Toronto and the GTA, we’ve seen some pretty extreme winter damage, even on roofs that seemed perfectly well fortified. Don’t expect that just because you have a well-maintained roof, you are going to be completely spared the wrath of winter; it’s always prudent to take a close look at your roof at winter’s end and see if any repairs – even minor ones – need to be made. April showers bring May flowers, but they can also bring forth unwanted leaks that can develop into very serious problems.

With a pair of binoculars, you should be able to make out cracked or missing shingles and assess whether or not any shingles have shifted. If you have a flat roof, you might want to climb out and see if there are any obstructions to the drainage or tears in the seams between the weatherproof membranes. If you’re afraid of heights or don’t feel comfortable climbing up, we’re happy to come and perform an inspection. Whether you’ve got a leak, mold, cracked shingles or shingles that need new fasteners, we offer lots of roof repair services and can definitely help you out!

Here are a few more tips that will help make sure your roof is well protected for the incoming spring showers:

Flashing: If the flashing on your roof has come unstuck, get rid of the old caulk, clean the surface thoroughly and then seal it up again. Tight flashing is paramount in the prevention of leaks.

Rust: If there’s any metal trim on your roof that has started to rust, it is prudent to scrub off all the rust and proceed to prime the metal and repaint it. Many people think that there is very little maintenance required for metal roofs, but this is a myth. Metal roofs can gather quite a lot of rust indeed and should be inspected carefully after the long, cruel winter months.

Clearing Debris: Debris on the roof can create not a few problems, including damage to shingles and weatherproof membranes, blockage of downspouts and gutters, and the growth of algae and mould. Getting rid of this debris can be a pain in the neck, but it’s a big part of roof maintenance. A preventative method in this category is trimming and removing branches hanging over your roof, this prevents debris from falling down and cuts off access for raccoons and squirrels who might damage your roof.

Learn about our company and check out testimonials from past clients, we are the real deal and we care about your roof! Call today to schedule a spring inspection of your roof!