Annual Roof Maintenance ChecklistProfessional roof maintenance should be performed no less than once a year on residential roofs. Commercial roofing systems may need to be inspected and serviced more often depending on how the roof space is used. Each roof is unique, so our technicians will develop a personalized maintenance plan that will meet your particular needs best. However, there are some procedures that are included in every maintenance plan, as they constitute the necessary minimum of care. They include:
- A thorough cleaning of the roofing system. This procedure includes cleaning the surface, gutters, drain boxes, waterways, valleys, and downspouts. All the dirt and debris are removed using specialized tools and appropriate solutions.
- Careful inspection of the system. The roofing will be inspected both from the inside and outside. With the dirt removed, technicians will be able to notice even the tiniest cracks, punctures, and other defects that will need to be fixed immediately in order to keep the problem from deteriorating. Different types of equipment will be used to inspect the areas that are difficult to reach. The parts of the roofing that must be inspected regularly include the flat surface of the roof, flashings, vents, skylights, chimneys, and any other equipment installed on the roof.
- Assessment of the attic insulation and ventilation. In order for any roofing to show maximum efficiency the system itself must be well-designed, properly insulated, and ventilated. Note that poor attic ventilation speeds up the deterioration of the whole system because it causes the roofing to overheat and contributes to algae and mold growth because of high humidity. If your roof doesn’t have enough vents or they are located in the wrong places, they will need to be installed. The existing ones will need to be cleaned and inspected.
- Specialized treatment depending on the material. Each type of roofing material requires specialized care. For example, cedar shingles maintenance requires the use of topical treatments developed specifically for wood shake roofs. Asphalt shingles and rubber roofs need to be recoated. Metal (steel, copper, zinc, tin) roof maintenance often includes painting the surface. Green roof (sedum, etc.) maintenance entails irrigation, fertilization, etc. Concrete and clay tiles must be treated with specialized coatings, and thatched roof maintenance is a true art. Due to these differences, the cost of maintenance varies greatly.
The Best Time for Roofing MaintenanceIf you want to avoid developing a leak or any other serious roofing problem during the winter in Toronto, you should have the system serviced in the early fall. This way, you will be prepared for the cold season. Annual roofing maintenance can also be scheduled for the end of the summer, but it’s not advisable to do it earlier as new problems might occur by the time rains and snowfalls arrive. Industrial roof maintenance should be performed in early fall and late spring. The latter is necessary to make sure that snow didn’t damage the surface and fix any problems caused by the weather. Property owners should conduct a cursory inspection after every storm. Look for damaged shingles, exposed flashing, broken gutters, crumbling masonry, etc. Be very careful and avoid going out on the roof if possible. Contact Royal Roofing Inc. if you notice any problems and we will get them fixed right away.
Roof Inspection & Maintenance
Royal Roofing provides professional residential and commercial roof inspection services for Toronto and the surrounding Greater Toronto Area. We’ll come out to your property and inspect your roof for any signs of damage and wear. A Royal Roofing roof inspection will determine the age of the roof and the quality of your current roofing materials, as well as point out any trouble spots that may need immediate attention. A Royal Roofing roof inspection will also provide you with an estimated life expectancy of the roof.