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Roof spring maintenance

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One of the most importance home maintenance considerations is spring melt and drainage. Moisture created by spring melt affects a roof much more severely than a simple rain shower. The pressure from the remaining ice and snow forces water to back up under the shingles and through pinhole sized gaps. It can even cause more water to be drawn in through a leak with a syphoning effect.

Large swings in temperature that brings multiple freeze-thaw cycles, similar to the winter we just had, leads to a heavier build up of ice and can increase the problem exponentially. Your roof needs to be able to deal with the large volume of moisture about to arise with spring temperatures.

While roof maintenance is a year round process, there are several steps home owners can do to prevent leaks and moisture damage as spring arrives.

One of the biggest things to look for is ensuring all drainage paths are clear so water can easily drain off the roof. That means cleaning any leaves, twigs, and other debris which will clog drains and create an environment for vegetation to sprout and grow large root systems beneath your protective roof membrane.

It’s also wise to assess how well your roof stood up to winter. A roof holds important components that work together to ensure the structure’s long term viability. Any compromised components can lead to leaks and damage.

Hiring a professional who knows what to look for, and who can replace any critical items that are missing, is an easy way to prevent unnecessary damage to a roof and avoid premature repairs and replacement.

 

Kari Calder

Saskatoon real estate agent

Century 21 Fusion

Kari@Saskatoonrealestate.net

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