How’s your roof holding up this winter?

 

It’s been a tough winter for London’s homes, especially the roofs of older properties with the strong winds and rain.

Roof maintenance is essential for preserving the integrity and longevity of your home’s roof. Here are some tips for effective roof maintenance:

  • Regular Inspections: Conduct visual inspections of your roof at least twice a year, ideally in the spring and fall. Look for signs of damage such as missing or cracked shingles, rust spots on metal roofs, and signs of algae or moss growth.
  • Clean Gutters and Downspouts: Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause water to back up and damage your roof. Clean them regularly to ensure proper drainage.
  • Trim Overhanging Branches: Tree branches hanging over your roof can cause damage during storms or high winds. Trim back any branches that could potentially fall onto your roof.
  • Remove Debris: Keep your roof clear of leaves, branches, and other debris that can accumulate and trap moisture, leading to roof damage and deterioration.
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  • Repair Leaks Promptly: If you notice any signs of a leak, such as water stains on your ceiling or walls, address them immediately to prevent further damage to your roof and interior.
  • Check Flashing and Sealants: Inspect the flashing around chimneys, vents, and skylights for signs of damage or deterioration. Replace any damaged flashing and reseal around these areas as needed.
  • Maintain Attic Ventilation: Proper attic ventilation helps regulate temperature and moisture levels in your attic, which can extend the life of your roof and prevent problems like ice dams in winter.
  • Schedule Professional Inspections: Consider hiring a professional roofing contractor to conduct a comprehensive inspection of your roof at least once every few years. They can identify potential issues early on and recommend necessary repairs or maintenance.