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1Why You Need To Be Serious About Fall Roof Care

roof-2587752_640Fall roof care is very important because if you don’t get serious about it, you will suffer the consequences. During this season, all kinds of leaves fall and they will clutter your roof and fill up your gutters. If you neglect fall roof care and maintenance, these leaves will cause damage to your roof and its drainage system. And when winter comes, these problems will rapidly deteriorate because ice dams will form and debris will clog your gutters. You can’t deal with roof issues during winter. It is during the fall season that you need to think about caring for your roof. Before the onset of winter, here are the things that you need to do to prepare your roof.

 

  1. Trim your trees

Fall is the best time to trim the branches of your trees. Trim those trees that could potentially damage your home during a winter storm. Be especially wary of those branches and limbs that extend over your roof. But you need to be careful in trimming tree branches. Tree trimming could be a difficult and challenging task for the novice. If you don’t have the knowledge and the tools, you are better off hiring the professionals to do this job. It is better to be safe than sorry.   

 

  1. Inspect your roof

You will never know if there’s anything wrong with your roof if you don’t inspect it. You can inspect it while on the ground, and you can get a closer look by going over to the top. Visually look over every section of your roof, giving more particular attention on the sections that may cause problems, such as the gutter, troughs and the eaves. You need to look for mold or algae growth, discolored sections, damaged or missing shingles or flashings and other visible problems. Repair the areas that you can repair and ask a roof specialist to correct bigger problems that you can’t handle. The areas where leaks usually occur are the flashings, sections around rooftop installations and equipment, seams and edges, and the edges of the roof perimeter.

 

  1. Clean the roof

Cleaning your roof should be a part of your preventive maintenance. If you do this regularly, you will be able to spot the problems before they get bigger. Clean all the dirt, contaminants and debris that you will find on the roof. You will have to use brooms, brushes, mops and whatever cleaning tools are appropriate for the job. Remove all the blockages in the gutters, downspouts, scuppers and drains. You need to clean the downspouts and gutters thoroughly. This part of your roof care must be done because it will enable water to flow away from your home and not cause any build up on your foundation which will cause flooding on your basement. Clean gutters will also direct water away from the roof and siding. This will prevent problems such as moldy shingles, damaged fascia, rotting wood and many more. While cleaning, mark or flag down the roof sections that needs to be repaired and repair or have them repaired as soon as possible. Also check all the pipe connections and see if they are all intact and closely attached to one another.

 

  1. Check the insulation of the roof interior

Roof care does not only include the outside but the inside as well. You need to care for the insulation of your roof as much as you care for the roof itself if you don’t want to be faced with problems when winter comes. Examine the condition of your roof insulation and look for areas where there are water or air leaks. If you do find some problematic areas, repair those sections and add more insulation if need be. If you can’t solve the problem, ask for a roof specialist to do the job.

 

  1. Consider roof restoration

If your roof is really in terrible shape, or you are expecting a very severe winter, you may need to consider a complete roof restoration. The best time to do this is during the fall season. Your main goal is to ensure that your roof is water tight and that no amount of cold and moisture will penetrate the inside your home when winter comes. A typical roof restoration work will extend the life of your roof for more than 10 additional years.

 

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1Here’s The Best Way You Can Avoid Ice Dams

cold-87984_640If you don’t take measures to prevent ice dams from forming in your roof during winter, you will suffer the consequences. Repairing the damage on your gutters and eaves troughs caused by ice dams are very expensive. If you don’t have them repaired, you could sustain heavier damage and costlier repair costs inside your house. That is why avoiding ice dams is very crucial if you don’t want to spend money on costly house repairs.

 

Ice dams develop when the temperature of the roof over the attic increases to the point where it can melt the underside of the snow that covers the roof’s surface. As the snow melts, the water will trickle down the space dividing the shingles and the layer of snow. The melted water will eventually reach the eaves of the roof. Temperatures at the eaves usually remain cold since they extend beyond the walls of the house. Therefore, the melted water will then develop into mounds of ice which are now called ice dams. If you want to avoid ice dams, you need to know the best ways to control them and that’s exactly the subject of this blog.

 

  1. Do your preventive work before winter.

The best time to prevent and avoid ice dams is before winter comes.  Preventing the build-up of ice dams becomes more difficult when the snow is already falling. You are fortunate that you got hold of this blog at this time when winters is still months away.

 

  1. Keep your roof and attic cold during winter.

Snow melts when subjected to higher temperatures. You don’t want that snow on your roof melting during winter as it will form ice dams. Therefore, you need to keep your attic and roof cool enough so that the snow that is covering them will not melt during winter. If your roof is warm and the snow falls, it will have some clear spots where the snow has melted. If this happens, the melted water will fall and it will form tiny icicles that will hang from the eaves.

 

How can you keep your roof and attic cold during winter? Here are some ways you can do this.

 

  1. Ensure the right insulation level on your attic.

Check your attic if it has the right insulation level. It should conform to the building codes in your area. Normally, attics are required to have 12 to 14 inches of cellulose or fiberglass insulation. If you have had ice dams in your roof, maybe its insulation is less than this required amount. Adding more insulation until it reaches the required level will help solve your problem with ice dams. You need to hire a professional to do this job to ensure that you won’t experience this problem again.

 

  1. Improve your roof and attic ventilation

Attic ventilation is important in preventing the build-up of ice dams because it draws in cold outside air and flushes out warm attic air. In the process, air inside the attic is cooled down and the cold temperature of the roof is maintained. You can improve this air exchange by installing roof and attic vents. The rule of thumb in roof and attic ventilation is: there should be around 1 square foot of vent for every 300 sq. ft. of attic floor area. There are also a lot of considerations regarding this matter. If you want to have the correct set-up for your roof and attic ventilation that will prevent ice dams from forming, you need to consult a roof professional specializing in this area.

 

  1. Plug all air leaks

In a typical home, there would be a lot of air leaks that can lead to the formation of ice dams on the roof. Around one-third of the heat loss are caused by these air leaks by way of the ceiling and on through the attic. These air leaks are usually in the form of gaps in drywalls, chimneys, access hatches, plumbing pipes, unblocked walls, cracks around light fixtures, and other ceiling penetrations. Plugging these leaks is usually done with caulk, foam and other covering materials.

 

Here’s a final note for those who want to avoid ice dams: stay away from homes with roofs that have a flat pitch. Since these roofs are not slanted, it will be easy for ice dams to form. Snow and ice are easily trapped in the gutters at the eaves of flat pitched roofs. This provides the right condition for the formation of ice dams.

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17 Reasons to Update Your Eavestroughs

eavestrough cleaning torontoThere are plenty of components of a home that are important at protecting it and keeping it well maintained, and eavestroughs are certainly one of them. Often an overlooked trait of a home, eavestroughs are essential for protection against water damage by redirecting water away from your home.

Here are 7 reasons why you should consider updating your home’s eavestroughs. (more…)

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