Your Essential Summer Roof Maintenance Checklist

Keep Your Winnipeg Home in Tip-Top Shape

Summer in Winnipeg is a time to enjoy the sunshine, festivals, and the great outdoors. But while we’re soaking up the warmth, our roofs are facing a different kind of heat – the intense rays, sudden thunderstorms, and the sneaky growth of foliage. Taking a proactive approach to roof maintenance and repairs can save you from major headaches (and expenses) down the road, while also prolonging the lifespan of your roof. Let’s dive deeper into your essential summer roof maintenance checklist!

1. Shingles and Flashing: Inspecting Your Roof’s Armour

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Shingles are the unsung heroes of your home, braving the elements year-round. But the summer sun can be particularly harsh, causing them to expand and contract, which can lead to cracks, curling, or even missing granules. Grab your binoculars and take a good look. Scan for any signs of damage, discolouration, or wear and tear.

Flashing: This often-overlooked detail is crucial. Flashing seals the vulnerable spots around chimneys, vents, skylights, and dormers. Check for gaps, cracks, or rusted areas where water could seep in.

Pro Tip: If you’re not a fan of heights or are unsure what to look for, don’t hesitate to call us for a professional inspection and assessment. Our experienced eyes can spot potential issues before they become major problems.

2. Eavestroughs and Downspouts: Clearing the Drainage System

Winnipeg’s summer storms can be intense, dumping a deluge in a matter of minutes. Clogged gutters can’t handle the rush, leading to overflowing water that can damage your siding, foundation, and landscaping. A quick gutter cleaning can prevent a cascade of problems.

Cleaning: Don those gloves, grab a ladder, and scoop out the leaves, twigs, and other debris that have accumulated. Flush the gutters with water to ensure proper flow.

Gutter Guards: For a long-term solution, consider investing in gutter guards. They’ll keep debris out and make future cleanings a breeze.

Extending Downspouts: Make sure your downspouts direct water at least six feet away from your foundation to prevent water damage.

3. Trees and Overhanging Branches: Trimming Back Nature’s Reach

We love Winnipeg’s tree-lined streets, especially in summer, but overhanging branches can wreak havoc on your roof. They can scrape off shingles, clog gutters with leaves, and even provide a bridge for squirrels and other critters to access your attic.

Pruning: Trim back any branches that are touching or hanging over your roof. Be sure to follow safe pruning practices or call in a professional arborist for help.

4. Insulation and Ventilation: Inspecting the Attic’s Defences

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Your attic isn’t just a storage space; it’s a critical part of your home’s temperature regulation and moisture control. Proper insulation keeps your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Adequate ventilation prevents moisture buildup, which can lead to mold, rot, and damage to your roof’s structure. While inadequate insulation will result in excessive heat in the summer and ice dams in the winter.

Insulation: Check the depth of your insulation and make sure it’s evenly distributed. If it’s looking thin or patchy, it may be time to add more.

Ventilation: Ensure your attic vents are clear of obstructions and are working properly. A well-ventilated attic will stay cooler in the summer and help prevent ice dams in the winter.

5. Moss, Algae, and Pests: Addressing Uninvited Guests

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Moss, algae, and pests are not just unsightly; they can damage your roof and compromise its integrity, reducing the lifespan of both your roof and insulation. They can also be quite annoying scurrying through empty spaces of your roof and walls. 

Moss and Algae: Look for signs of green growth, especially on north-facing slopes or shaded areas. A roof cleaning can help remove these unwanted guests.

Pests: Watch for signs of squirrels, raccoons, or birds nesting in your attic or eaves. These critters can cause damage and create entry points for water. Be sure to seal any cracks and crevices to keep out these pesky critters.

Your Roof, Our Priority

Your roof is a vital part of your Winnipeg home. At Above All we’re dedicated to keeping your roof in top condition. We hope our essential summer roof maintenance checklist will help you keep your roof in optimal shape year round. Regular summer roof maintenance and repair is an investment in your home’s longevity and your family’s overall comfort throughout the year.

If you have any roofing questions or concerns about your roof, or if you’d like to book a professional inspection, roof repairs or cleaning, contact us today. We’re always here to help you weather the storm, whatever the season. Roofing is our speciality, protecting your home our priority.

FAQ

Q: How often should I clean my gutters in the summer?

Answer: It’s recommended to clean your gutters at least twice during the summer, especially after heavy rainfall or storms.

Q: Can I clean moss off my roof myself?

Answer: While there are DIY solutions, we recommend professional cleaning. It’s safer and ensures the right products and techniques are used to avoid damaging your shingles.

Q: How do I know if I have enough attic insulation?

Answer: You can check the depth of your insulation and compare it to recommended R-values for our climate. If you’re unsure, Above All can perform an inspection.

Q: When should I call a professional for roof maintenance?

Answer: If you’re uncomfortable with heights, unsure what to look for, or notice any signs of damage, it’s always best to call a professional for an inspection and assessment.

Q: What are the signs my roof needs repairs?

Answer: Look for missing or damaged shingles, leaks, water stains on your ceiling or walls, or granules in your gutters.