Whether it’s a residential or commercial roof, a maintenance checklist is your key to keeping it in tiptop shape through the four seasons.
Your property is one of your most important investments. For you to get the most out of it, your roof must be able to withstand various elements throughout the year. Seasonal changes can be hard on your building, causing wear and tear and potentially forcing you into an early roof replacement. But it’s easy to combat these issues with regular maintenance.
This post covers everything you need to know about roofing maintenance, and we discuss the methods you need to practice through each seasonal change.
The best maintenance program is a proactive one. But before you jump on the project, it’s important to establish a thorough game plan. Always be prepared with a proper checklist.
Fall Roof Maintenance
Fall is the ideal time for comprehensive facility and home improvement projects. Plan an inspection early in the season and capitalize on your warranty if a roof repair is necessary. But facility managers shouldn’t be the ones putting in all the work.
When the leaves start to fall from the trees, dedicate some time in your schedule to perform these critical tasks:
- Gutter cleaning and debris removal
- Shingle repair and replacement
- Mortar treatment
- Tree branch trimming
Tasks like tree branch trimming may seem at first glance to be separate from roof maintenance. Strictly speaking, they are. However, tree branches and other debris can damage your roof, clog your gutters, and generally leave your facility unprepared to handle the rigors of winter.
You’ll also want to make sure the attic or crawlspace is well insulated, because that can help prevent ice dam buildup when the temperature starts to drop. Finally, examine the other conditions. Keep a sharp eye out for loose brackets and shingles, deteriorating surface material, cracks, leaks, and any other issues that might seem out of the ordinary.
Winter Roof Maintenance
The winter months are usually the most brutal on your roof. Unfortunately, this is often the season that calls for the most emergency repairs. Your top priority should be keeping snow and ice from building up on the roof.
Here’s the protocol you should be following:
- Regularly check accumulation, especially after a heavy snowfall. Safely remove light buildups from the surface. For thicker coats, make sure you have a professional onsite.
- Inspect your roof following periods of heavy winds. Clean your gutters and surface from debris, broken branches, or any other matter that may have made its way onto the top of your building.
- Consider heat trapping. Your best option is to install ice melt socks in your gutters and along the surface. This will help melt snow faster and ultimately prevent ice from building up.
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Spring Roof Maintenance
Once everything begins thawing out, it’s time to follow up with some much-needed spring cleaning. But before you break out the broom and duster, you should analyze the winter’s lingering effects. Call for another inspection and see what kind of damage the winter months caused. If you didn’t follow through with your maintenance inspection during the fall, now’s the time to play catch up.
- Walk through the building and document any signs of visible wear and tear.
- Take a close look at the ceiling and make note of vulnerable areas that may be linked to roof leaks.
- Assess the state of shingles. If the roof is over 15 years old, you may need to consider replacing the top layer.
- Clean your gutters and downspouts and clear away any noticeable debris.
- Check for signs of algae and moss growth.
Summer Roof Maintenance
If you’ve been treating your roof carefully during the other three seasons, then you can use the summer to relax a little. That doesn’t mean the work is done, though. The warmer weather may be less harmful to your roof, but you still have the responsibility of proper upkeep. At the very least, perform a basic inspection in and around the property.
Particularly on the hottest summer days, shingles will begin to soften. This isn’t a problem per se, but you will potentially be able to see areas where shingles are being pressed up by nails. There is an easy fix to this that ensures the roof will remain waterproof.
Now is a good time to contact an experienced roofing company to get any necessary professional treatment for your shingles, gutters, downspouts, soffits, fascia, flashing, chimney system, and vents.
Anything that holds value comes with a limited lifespan, and your roofing system is no exception. Fortunately, the experts at Rainville-Carlson can help you leverage its greatest benefits for years to come. When you’re ready to experience the importance of roof maintenance firsthand, we’ll be ready to supply you with a long-term solution. With us in your corner, you can count on preventative maintenance support that solves all of your roof problems.
When you’re ready to experience the importance of roof maintenance firsthand, we’ll be ready to supply you with a long-term solution.
Your path to optimal roofing support begins with one phone call. Contact the Rainville-Carlson team to get started with a free roofing inspection!
All of the residential and commercial roofing tips in the world aren’t going to do anything unless they are actually being executed. Many building owners are going to be proactive and actually take all of the important seasonal steps to maintain their property. However, we know full well that this isn’t exactly the norm.
At Rainville-Carlson, we’re helping building owners automate the ongoing responsibility by offering preventative maintenance programs designed for your particular facility. Each roof is different and all have unique needs, so we’re taking a consultative approach to each property we care for.
Yes, you should remain vigilant in leak detection and practice as many of the tips outlined above as you can, but as your partner, we’re committed to keeping your roof functional season after season and year after year. In many ways, starting a preventative maintenance program is the biggest and most important tip we can offer.