The snow is nearly behind us in Ottawa and spring is on the horizon. Though warmer temperatures and sunshine are something to look forward to, the departure of winter also uncovers the damage that harmful frigid weather may have left behind. When it comes to your roof, you want to make sure you’re ready for the spring and summer months so you can enjoy the weather and not have to worry about roof repairs. Here are some tips on how to get your roof ready for spring and how a team of roofing contractors can help.
Once the snow begins to melt the outside of your home becomes wet and slushy. Not only will your yard start to get soggy, so will your roof. Roofing contractors in Ottawa suggest that you do a thorough inspection on the inside of your home, as well as the outside to look for any damage winter may have left behind and the roof repairs that may have to be done.
A great place to start is by looking at the ceilings in every room in your home including the basement, just in case there are any leaks. Brown spots and a sagging ceiling can mean that there is a leak somewhere in the attic and you are in need of some roof repairs.
If you do not find anything in the interior of your home this is a great start, however your roof may have some exterior damage. If you are not comfortable climbing up on your roof on your own or there is still too much snow and ice to safely place a ladder against your house, you can also do a ground inspection before calling a roofing contractor. This will not only give you a quick scan of any work that may have to be done, it can also provide a general idea to a roofing contractor should you have to call one in to complete some work.
Start by looking for any bare areas on your roof concentrating on anywhere that lacks ice and snow buildup. This may seem like a great thing to you since the faster the snow goes away the better, however this could also mean that you have an insulation problem and heat is escaping faster from your home instead of staying inside. This is a common roof repair done in the spring months since it is more noticeable once there isn’t as much snow to hide it. Next, look for any missing shingles or chimney bricks. These can be replaced once a contractor arrives.
Record any damages and give your local contractor a call and you’ll be on your way to great start to spring!