Canadians are used to dealing with snowy winters, but what should you do if your roof is damaged? This article will provide information about how to maintain your roof during the winter season.
Complete guide on snowfall and roof maintenance in Edmonton
Storms in Edmonton can be really ferocious and can cause a lot of damage. There isn’t much anyone can do to prevent the storm from happening but there are some precautions people can take to fix their roofs and protect themselves and their families. Edmonton has a pretty typical climate and it snows around 20-30 cm annually. The snowfall will usually last for only a day or two because the temperature is above freezing throughout the winter.
What is roof maintenance?
There are many things to consider when maintaining your roof such as snow. Edmonton can be hit with a lot of snow during the winter months and this can cause problems for both the people living in the home and the roof itself. Snow that accumulates on a roof can lead to significant leaks, insulation damage, and more. To keep your roof in good condition you will want to keep an eye on the weather and shovel or blow off any accumulation after 10cm or three inches of snowfall. If you live in Alberta, I would suggest checking your roof every season to ensure it is in good condition. You can book an appointment on our contact us page.
Winter Roof Maintenance:
The winter is the perfect time to care for your roof. Snowfall provides a cover of protection from the sun and extreme weather conditions, but it also makes it more difficult to spot potential problems on the roof. With a little attention during the winter months, a snow-capped roof can save you a major headache when spring arrives in Edmonton, Alberta.
How to prepare for winter roofing?
It’s that time of year again. The snow is falling and the windchill is high, and you know it’s time to prepare for winter roof maintenance. If you plan on handling this job on your own, there are a few things you’ll need to do before the snow becomes too heavy and the ice sets in.
Frost ices over most roofs every winter, which can be dangerous because of the weight they put on your roof. The best way to prevent this is to have your roof inspected by a professional every year. If you are in the Edmonton, Alberta area, call us at 780-710-9990 and book your appointment today.
Signs of failing roof maintenance
- Damaged Plumbing Vent Boots
- Damaged Shingles
- Ceiling Stains
- Dirty, Clogged Soffits
- Mold Where Roof and Exterior Wall Meet
- Rusted Gutters
- Loose Step Flashing
- Missing Gutter Apron
- Stains Around a Bathroom Fan
- Rusted Chimney Flashing
If you find any of the above signs on your roof it is time to call a roofing expert to inspect and repair the roof, so you can save yourself from big loss.
Snow Removal from top of the roof
A homeowner should always remove snow from their roof as soon as possible; this will stop icicles from accumulating and injuring someone below.
Why remove snow from the roof?
The answer is simple: to save money on energy bills. Snow can be heavy and when it accumulates on the roof, it takes up too much space and, in turn, pushes down the heated air that would normally rise back up into your house. When the snow starts to melt because of the heat indoors, it could leak through the ceiling and cause damage to your ceiling paint or drywall. A seasonal inspection before the snow falls is a good idea, but you can also plan on a regular winter roof inspection.
A professional roof inspection will cost you less than a repair, and it will save you a ton of money on your energy bills.
Follow these tips during the process to reduce risk of damage to your roof:
- Avoid sharp tools such as axes or picks and use rubber mallets to break up ice.
- Avoid using extreme heat such as a welding torch, as this could damage your roof.
- Use wood or plastic shovels and stop at least 10 cm (4 in) above the surface.
- Use de-icing salt carefully, as it can speed up corrosion of your roof’s metal components.
- Map out areas where electrical wiring is installed so you can avoid them.
- Make sure there is proper water drainage.
Why should you hire a roofer for snow removal from the roof?
There are a few reasons why you should hire a roofer to remove snow from your roof. You could risk getting in trouble with the law by doing it yourself, potentially risking injury or damage to your property, or you might not know how to do it properly! A professional will be able to remove the snow in a time-efficient manner and ensure that it gets cleared off. There are many positives when hiring someone for snow removal.
Roof coverings for the winter season
As a preventative measure, you may choose to invest in a roof covering that can help withstand severe weather conditions during the winter months. Here are a few common types of roof coverings:
- Built-up roof coverings:
- Modified bitumen roof coverings
- Single-ply membrane roof coverings
- Shingle coverings
What to do after the roof gets damaged after a snowstorm or tree fall?
If your home or business is struck by unpredictable damages, it is best to act fast, to prevent the damage from spreading and worsening. Contacting both your home insurance provider and a trusted roofing professional are two vital steps towards repairing your emergency roof damages.
Whether you or your insurance provider will cover the damages, it is always best to work with experienced professional roofers through each step of the respective roof repairs or replacements. Emergency roof repairs can be major processes and should always be handled by a skilled roofing contractor.
Our team at Best Top works diligently to make sure that clients are completely satisfied, from the initial inspection to the finishing touches of the repairs. We are available 24/7 to inspect, repair, and or replace your damaged roof. You can get a quote by filling out the form.
Here are the Frequently asked questions from home and business owners of Edmonton.
What is the best way to remove snow from my roof?
The best way to remove snow from your roof is with a shovel.
What is the best way to remove snow from my gutters?
There are a few options for removing snow from gutters. The most popular and easiest to use is a snowblower or shovel. If you’re looking for an inexpensive solution, you can use a long-handled broom and push the snow down the gutter. This technique will only work if your gutters are wide enough to allow the broom to reach them.
What is the best way to prevent ice dams on my roof?
Ice dams are caused by an accumulation of snow on the roof that melts and then refreezes. One way to prevent ice dams is to clear off your roof after a snowstorm or have someone else do it for you.
What is the difference between a roof and roofing?
Roofing is the material used to cover a roof. It can be made of metal, shingles, or rubber. Roofs are structures that protect buildings from rain and snow. They can be made of wood, steel, or concrete.
What are the signs of a failing roof?
The signs of a failing roof can be difficult to spot. Typically, the first sign is visible damage such as cracks in the ceiling or walls, water stains on ceilings and walls, and mold growing on ceilings or walls. Other signs include roof tiles that are missing or loose and large amounts of debris accumulating on the roof.
What should I do if I notice these signs?
If you notice any of these signs, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. The sooner you get treatment, the more likely it is that your child will make a full recovery.
What should I do if the roof is leaking?
If the roof is leaking, you should first find the source of the leak and stop it. You can also seal any cracks in the roof to prevent further leaks. If this doesn’t work, you may need to replace your roof.
What is the average lifespan of a roof?
Roofs can last for decades, but it depends on the quality of the roofing material and the care of the roof. Roofs made from asphalt shingles or cedar shake shingles typically last 20-25 years. Metal roofs may last 30-40 years.
How often does a roof need to be replaced?
A roof might need to be replaced every 10-20 years, depending on the quality of the material and how well it is maintained.
Best Top Roofing offers a full range of residential & commercial roofing services including roof leak repair, large-scale roof repairs, new roof installation, full roof replacement, and roof maintenance.
Here are a few reviews of our roof snow removal service from our google my business page.
Called Best Top Roofing earlier today to get a roof repair estimate for damaged/missing shingles from the recent snow squall. After briefly discussing the damage with Harry (the owner), he noted he had crews working in my area, and if they couldn’t get to my place today, they could come tomorrow which was earlier than anticipated. To my surprise, Harry contacted me a little over 2 hours later saying his roofer was on the way. The roofing crew was pleasant, quick, and efficient. Overall a good experience.
These guys are very professional and they provided the services the same day we called them, we had some damage because of the snowstorm, called other roofing companies to check but no one replied, after checking with the best top, they came with a quote on the same day and fixed the roof, I will highly recommend their services if you are looking for fast approach and good quality service.
Harry and his crew did a great job clearing my roof of snow. He made room for me in his busy schedule to help me with my problem at a moment’s notice. His crew was very efficient and did a great clean-up after. Very reasonable for the work done. I highly recommend Best Stop Roofing.