Fall Roof Protection Checklist

As the seasons change it’s important to prepare your roof for the coming weather. On the Pacific West Coast the temperature begins to drop, there’s an increase in rain, plus the changing of the leaves. All these factors play an important role in the overall health of your roof. As a property manager or home owner, taking care of your roof as the seasons change is an important part of the overall maintenance. You’re able to take care of potential issues that may cost you more money down the line.

What should you look out for?

Leaks

Checking for leaks before the rainy season will help you stay ahead and prevent any issues from getting bigger. Plus it’s easier to schedule maintenance while the weather is warmer, as unfavourable weather conditions may delay a roofer from being able to complete the repairs.

Broken Branches

As the leaves begin to fall off the trees, you’ll be able to take a look for any broken branches. Broken branches can seriously damage your roof if they break off due to heavy winds or winter freezing.

Trimming Trees

Often, even if the branches are healthy, you may want to consider having them removed anyways if they hang over your house. If winds are strong enough or there is an unexpected heavy snowfall or freezing, the branches could become weak and break. It may be worth it to call in an expert (landscaper) to take a look at your trees and to trim them properly.

Dead Leaves

Dead leaves are an ongoing maintenance throughout the fall. What you don’t want is those dead leaves rotting away on the roof, especially if you have wood shingles. Depending on your roof shape, you’ll find that leaves will collect in certain areas and will also collect water. Even composite shingles can be affected by this pooling.

Cleaning Gutters

Clogged gutters can cause water to splash back onto your roof. This can lead to cracking, mold, and further damage. Even if you have gutter guards you’ll need to clean them of any leaves or pine needles. You’ll want to regularly check your gutters as the leaves fall throughout the season. It ensures proper water drainage through your gutters.

Shingle Damage

When doing any kind of roof inspection it’s important to look for damaged shingles. These can often be easily replaced and help prevent leaks from starting.

One of the best ways to know what needs to be done, and whether any repairs are necessary is through a pre-winter roof inspection. Regular yearly roof inspections are the best way to help prevent damage.

To learn more about getting your roof inspected, talk to the Roof Tech team at 604-888-ROOF or info@rooftechconsultants.ca