Calgary is well known for its unpredictable weather, in fact, we experienced one of the biggest freak snow storms our city has ever seen on April 27th, 2019. We are talking 20cm of heavy wet snow, blowing in every direction, a blizzard for the record books.
Now, we understand and are thankful that winter is almost over but next comes spring and with spring comes different kinds of storms, cue thunder, lightning and hail. Unfortunately, Mother nature’s plans are completely unpredictable and that is why we want to inform you on how to storm-proof your roof.
The importance of spring inspection and storm-proofing your roof
Previously we talked about the importance of spring inspection and maintenance, and we will stress it again here. Leaks and damage don’t resolve themselves and only get worse with time, so stop putting off that maintenance and get it fixed! A spring storm can make that little leak turn into 1000’s of dollars’ worth of work on your roof. Take the time to pop up into your attic and inspect for leaks this weekend, trust us, you will thank us later.
Next, trim those trees! This is for all our friends living in older communities with those gorgeous, huge and old trees. We are jealous of your exquisite trees but they are one of the number one causes of damage to your roof during a storm. From twigs to trunks, flying debris is never a good sign. Prevent problems such as this by trimming your trees back at least six feet from your home. Also, groom damaged or broken branches regularly.
The wind is a huge factor in roof damage during a storm. If your roof has been replaced recently or you are looking at replacing your roof in the near future, there are some major components to consider. When shingles are installed and how they are secured will largely affect their wind resistance. For example, ensure your shingles are six nailed as opposed to four and never opt for staples. This will prevent the wind from picking up the shingle and ripping it off of the roof. Secondly, double check the grade of your roof adhesive and sealant. We need the good and strong stuff in this city.
The storm has now come and gone, and you want to double check on the health of your roof, and without hesitation, we encourage you to do this after every storm.
So how do you perform a check-up?
Start with a perimeter walk, keep your eyes peeled for materials such as nails and shingles and/or other roofing debris. After the perimeter walk, if you see suit, work your way up to the roof for an inspection. Look for damaged or missing shingles and nails, and be sure to check out the livelihood of the sealant. Inspect the flashing for damage or rust and ensure there is minimal wear and or cracks on the roof that could lead to leaks.