Once the leaves begin changing colour and the morning temperatures start to dip, it’s safe to say that fall has arrived and that it’s time to start thinking about preparing your roof for the winter. Winter roof maintenance is important for preventing winter ice dams and keeping roof leaks at bay. The Edmonton and Sherwood Park roofing contractors at A. Clark Roofing and Siding LP have put together three simple steps to ensure that your roof is well-prepared to stand up to the Edmonton winter.
1) Clean the gutters to allow for proper drainage
Cleaning the gutters may not be one of the most enjoyable of fall maintenance tasks, but it is one of the most important for keeping your roof in good shape. Leaves, twigs, and other debris will collect in your gutters over time, clogging them up and preventing water from draining properly away from your roof. Rain and melt water will instead be forced to overflow the gutters, potentially causing damage to your trim and siding. Another issue with clogged and dirty gutters is that they are heavier and therefore more likely to pull loose and become damaged, requiring you to pay for new ones.
2) Clear away roof debris to prevent ice dams and roof leaks
Leaves and other debris which has collected on top of your roof can also lead to significant drainage problems over the course of the winter. Sloped roofs are particularly prone to ice dams, which occur when snow accumulates, melts, and freezes again before it has the chance to drain away because its path off the roof is not clear. Ice dams lead to even more drainage problems, creating pools of standing water which may eventually result in moisture damage and roof leaks. Clear away roof debris in the fall and consider cutting or trimming any nearby overhanging branches as well.
3) Have your roof professionally inspected and repaired
Finally, fall is the perfect time to have your roof inspected by experienced roofers in Edmonton. Roofing contractors in Edmonton and Sherwood Park will be able to tell if your roof is showing any signs of wear and tear. They will look out for damaged and missing shingles, damaged flashing around roof protrusions, and potential drainage problems. If your roof does have some areas of concern, then you’ll need professional roof repair in Edmonton before winter hits. You should have your roof inspected on a regular basis, even if you don’t notice any signs of problems yourself. A professional Edmonton roofer knows exactly what to look for.
Reliable Roofing Contractors in Edmonton and Sherwood Park
As one of the most trusted roofing companies in Edmonton, A. Clark Roofing and Siding LP is here to help get your roof winter ready. Whether your roof needs extensive repairs or just some minor maintenance, our Edmonton roofers will ensure that it can stand up to snow, ice, wind, and cold temperatures. To schedule a roof inspection before the snow starts to fall, just contact A. Clark Roofing and Siding LP today.