Preparing Your Roof System for Toronto Winters

The Toronto winter can take a toll on your roof, but below are some useful tips to prepare your roof system (including eavestrough and attic) for the coming winter months.

Check your roof shingles

Fall is a good time to check your roof shingles. Any broken or misplaced shingles should be replaced appropriately, as snow and ice will cause further damage to your roof. Read our article on tell-tale signs that your roof shingles need replacing.

Check your roof flashing

In addition to your roof shingles, you should also check your roof flashing. Roof flashing is the material used around roof edges where two uneven surfaces are connected together to prevent water from seeping into the house. Faulty roof flashing installation or damaged roof flashing is a major cause of leaky roofs in Toronto homes. Click to view photos we took of faulty roof flashing installation.

Get rid of hanging tree limbs

While checking your roof, take notice of lingering branches from trees that happen to raid over your house. If possible, take the time to remove them. Snow can cause the branches to sag due to the snow’s weight which could spell trouble for your roof.

Remove debris from your eavestrough

Even though we’re talking about roofs, don’t forget to clean your eavestroughs. Debris from trees, including branches and leaves, should be cleared from eavestroughs to relieve any clogs. And in the process of cleaning out your eavestroughs, you should make sure they are secure!

Check your attic for signs of mold

If you see black stuff in your attic, it’s probably mold. Mold formation is due to improper attic insulation and/or ventilation, which causes warm most air to be trapped inside your attic. Read more about what it means to have a properly insulated and ventilated attic for your home.

Request a roof inspection

Roofs should be inspected by a trusted roofer to check for any weak spots. If the climates become disastrous, the snow could be capable of tearing a hole within your roof due to the weak spot. Ice dams could also form during wintertime as a result of poor attic insulation and ventilation, so it is worth getting a professional attic inspection to prevent damage on your roof, ceilings and walls.

Contact Smart Roofing and Request a Roof Inspection

When preparing your roof for the coming winter months and you see signs that your roof or eavestrough needs repairing or replacement, feel free to contact us today and request a roof estimate. We can help determine the health of your roof system and the extent of any roofing problems.

You are also welcome to visit our Mississauga roofing showroom or call us at (905) 361-9900 or Toll Free 1-855-416-8577.

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