How to ensure your Edmonton roof lasts as long as possible
Taking care of your Edmonton roof, either a new roof or one that has been installed for a while, can ensure they stay for as long as possible. Listed below are some things you can do to ensure this. They include;
- Branches which extend over the roof should be trimmed down
Periodic trimming of trees can help prevent the presence of leaves on your roof and also prevent damage to your Edmonton roof. Shingles can be damaged during high winds by leaves continuously rubbing against them or tree branches low enough to keep scrapping.
Tree branches extending over your roof can be used squirrels and other rodents to get to the top of the roof. They can cause holes in the roof by continuously biting or chewing. You should ensure there is at least 10 feet between the roof and tree branches to keep these little animals away. You can also cover a part of the tree trunk with a sheet-metal bank to stop them from being able to get to the top of the tree.
- Ensuring the Gutters are always cleaned
Usually, a blocked gutter will likely cause the paint on the side of the building to get damaged, or it might cause your basement to get wet. At other times a blocked gutter will cause water to overflow into the roof coverings and cause it to rot. Sometimes the roof rafters may get affected and also rot away.
When repairing this sort of damages, you could incur expenses amounting to thousands of dollars. You can prevent this by cleaning the gutters regularly and this can be done on your own if you can work on a ladder, or better still, pay for the services of a pro.
- Clearing Leaves
People who have a simple peaked roof surrounded by low landscaping are lucky enough not to be disturbed by falling leaves. On the other hand, a more complicated or the presence of towering trees usually causes leaves to pile up in the Edmonton roof valleys. Leaving them unattended to gives them the opportunity to absorb moisture and decompose. This can provide a good location for weeds to grow.
After a hailstorm in Edmonton, or after a heavy rain, you should hire a roofer as soon as possible to check if anything seems out of place. Postponing the repair of any damage on your Edmonton roof can cause minor damage to develop into something major and also lead to more expenses.