Whether it’s your house, your condo or your business premises, the condition of your roof has a direct impact on your home and your well-being.
A worn out and unmaintained roof can cause a lot of problems, including leaks and insulation defects, which can lead to high costs for heating.
Being aware that your roof needs to be taken care of is a good thing, but how do you go about it? And when should you do it?
These are questions that Duro-toit, your go-to professional roofers in the Montreal area, will answer today.
6 steps to good roof maintenance
Are you unsure where to start when it comes to maintaining your roof, but concerned about protecting it? From cleaning and snow removal to regular inspections, discover the 6 things you can do right now to save time and money!
1. Cleaning the roof with the right equipment
The roof of your home is the first line of defense against wind, rain, temperature changes and, of course, snow. Consequently, even a top-quality roof covering will be exposed to bad weather and possible damage. A few things must be done to ensure that your roofing retains both its appearance and its insulating properties.
Cleaning is essential for the maintenance of your roof. When done on a regular basis, it gets rid of damaging debris such as leaves, branches, sand and moss. There are various ways to clean your roof. However, you should avoid using high-pressure jets, which can damage the roof. Brooms should also be avoided for the same reasons. For more information on the best solutions for your type of roof, consult a professional.
Next, you can protect your roof against moisture and leaks by applying a waterproofing product. This water or acrylic based protection is available in two forms:
- once dry, it will form a protective film that prevents air and water from penetrating below its surface.
- as its name indicates, this environmentally friendly product helps to form droplets that run off the roof more easily.
Again, there are many different products on the market and it is important to consult a professional to choose a water repellent that is compatible with your choice of roofing membrane or asphalt shingles and will not alter its color or composition.
3. Moss treatment
As indicated earlier, the geographical location of your home, the amount of vegetation on the property and above all the humidity can often produce moss on the surface of the roof. Formed by algae or lichens, these mosses are extremely damaging because they store water, create cracks when it freezes and make the materials more porous and therefore more vulnerable to bad weather.
4. Gutter maintenance
Gutter maintenance is essential because all unwanted dirt and debris is drained through your gutters. If this process is not done over a long period of time, the pipes can become blocked and damage your roof, exterior walls and other structural elements. A simple flush may be necessary to remedy this. However, if there is too much buildup, a manual or high-pressure cleaning may be more appropriate.
5. Snow removal
Ice and snow build-up is probably the most common cause of roof leaks in Quebec homes. This is in addition to the extra weight that often causes roof structures to collapse. Consequently, snow removal during storms should not be neglected!
6. Roof inspection
Finally, sometimes the signs of deterioration of a roof are imperceptible. You’ll need a roofing expert to determine the health of your roof. A quarterly inspection is recommended for the maintenance of your roof.
If damage is detected, quicker action can be taken to avoid extending the fragile zone to the entire roof.
When should your roof be serviced?
Roofing maintenance is the foundation of effective building management, whether it’s a house, condo, building or commercial space. Maintenance by roofers extends the life of the roof and helps maintain the integrity of the building, making it a truly worthwhile investment that will save you money in the long run.
Here are some key times that require roof maintenance:
1. When there is a defect
As soon as your roof appears to show signs of defects, such as an uncomfortable change in temperature, abnormally high heating costs, deterioration of the coating or traces of moisture, you should have a roof inspection done. The roofers in charge will then be able to tell you what type of roof maintenance makes the most sense for the building.
Depending on the case, it could be a simple local repair, where the few obsolete parts of the damaged materials will be removed and replaced by new components. The work may also involve sealing leaks or installing new sealants or better insulation.
Repairing or adding vents is also a great solution for roofing systems that are prone to ventilation problems. Investing in the installation of a new unit will be much less expensive than having to do a complete roof restoration.
2. When winter arrives
Quebec’s climate is harsh for roofs, which are subject to gusts of wind and must bear the weight of snow and ice in winter. To avoid Mother Nature’s wrath, roof maintenance begins with careful winter preparation. Some roofing companies, like Duro-Toit, offer roof winterization services. Avoid any unpleasant surprises and make an appointment before the first snow storms hit!
During winter, snow can often build up in large quantities. It is common to see cracks, leaks, structural deformities or even complete roof collapses. We recommend hiring a professional to remove snow and ice from your roof, which will limit the risk of falls during roof maintenance.
3. On a regular basis
Roof maintenance involves a certain amount of vigilance and having an expert inspect the roof every three to six months or after bad weather.
Cleaning the gutters is important, as well as checking the storm drains, which are used to drain water and debris.
Finally, adding gravel to asphalt roofs is a sure way to protect them from the sun’s destructive rays. In fact, this simple roof maintenance measure will slow down the contraction of the asphalt during major temperature variations and promote longevity.
Let experienced roofers take care of your roof
In short, regular roof maintenance is essential if you want to keep your roof in good condition for years to come! That said, since the maintenance work has to be done at height, it is safer to deal with professional roofers. For more details, we suggest contacting our experts at Duro-Toit today! For more information on our roof maintenance services or to make an appointment with one of our technical advisors, contact us today at (514) 755-8648.