Is your roof ready for winter?
As summer comes to an end, it’s time to gear up for winter by tidying your yard and putting away your patio furniture. However, inspecting your roof should also be on your fall to-do list. Since 1924, René Perron Couvreurs has specialized in roof repairs and inspections in Montreal. Fortunately, our expert team has put together a few tips on how to inspect your roof before the snow flies.
Don’t overlook your roof
Your roof protects your home from the elements including heavy rain, ice storms and violent winds. Even if your roof is only a few years old, don’t overlook the importance of inspecting it. Even minor wear and tear can worsen over the winter. If not dealt with promptly, the integrity of your roof could be compromised, leading to costly repairs or replacement.
How to inspect your roof
First, remove any debris from your roof and drainage system. This will allow water to drain away from your home instead of pooling around it. Once everything is clean, carefully inspect the siding for any potential damage.
If you have asphalt shingles, it’s a good idea to check if they're cracked, curling, discoloured or missing. Additionally, if you have a metal roof, ensure each panel is securely fastened and there aren’t any loose or missing screws or nails. Metal roofs are designed to expand and contract with temperature changes. However, improper installation can lead to leaks.
Furthermore, if you have a flat roof, make sure the gravel or granule cover is uniform. In addition, keep an eye out for pooling water and signs of damage to the membrane.
Finally, ensure the flashings and metal fittings around your roof are secure and free from rust and corrosion. Inspect the caulking joints around where the cladding meets vents, chimneys and skylights. These areas are extremely susceptible to leaks and should be inspected for potential failure.
Roofing specialists in Montreal
If you would feel more comfortable hiring a professional to inspect your roof, the team at René Perron Couvreurs can help. We conduct comprehensive roof inspections for customers in Montreal and the surrounding areas. Our experienced technicians can quickly spot any imperfections and immediately take corrective action. Contact us to find out more about our roof inspection, repair and snow removal services.