Routine roof maintenance is vital to keep a business a comfortable place to work. Leaving even one minor issue to fester can end up costing thousands of dollars in repairs. It can even lead to a complete roof restoration that could have been avoided for years. Here are just some of the inconveniences that can grow into full-blown disasters.
Leaks and Water Damage
In Ontario, this is a common problem during spring rain and as snow and ice start melting. As water is left to pool without anywhere to go or evaporate, it seeps into wherever there’s an opening. Gutters, skylights, around pipes and vents, any place that might not be completely sealed.
The types of damage this can cause are numerous. Wood rots. Mold grows and spreads. Chimneys degrade. Leaks and the water damage that goes along with them are the most common issue buildings will face.
Deterioration and Cracking
One thing to be aware of when it comes to roof maintenance is shrinkage. You’ll see this commonly in roofs with a synthetic rubber membrane like EDPM. Roofing material can shrink due to time and exposure to heat. This causes cracks, deterioration, and blisters in shingles. As shingles and roofing materials are degraded they become less effective at protecting against the elements. Once they start cracking, water gets trapped and produces leaks.
Snow and Ice Damage
Speaking of cracks, snow and ice damage are a prime reason to keep up on roof maintenance and repairs. Once water pools in an area and refreezes, it expands. Now you have a chunk of ice splitting wood and concrete that a few days ago was just a bit of water. You seem this most as winter turns to spring because snow is melting as days get warmer but then a cold snap occurs. Keeping your roof clear of snow and ice will save you a literal fortune over the years.
We’ve all seen movies where a neighborhood kid is forced to clean someone’s gutters for bad behavior. It definitely isn’t the most glamorous job in the world. Leaves, snow, and other debris packs together to form a goopy mush that takes time to scoop out into a garbage. It’s tedious and time-consuming but it’s necessary to keep your eaves clear. Otherwise, you’re inviting rot into your house.
If you’re not inspecting your gutters regularly, you’re ignoring a key part of roof maintenance. Once your eaves are clogged, everything that’s backed up will start to seep into any nearby cracks. This leads to rot and mold that can’t be repaired, only replaced. If it reaches far enough, it won’t just be a section that needs to be restored but the entire roof. By not doing something that takes a bit of your weekend to do you risk spending thousands of dollars to deal with the consequences.
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You might think your roof is fine because you don’t know what to look for. Let the professionals at BLM Roofing inspect it to give you true peace of mind. Whether you’re in Toronto or the GTA, Brantford, Mississauga, Kitchener, Hamilton, or the southern area of Ontario, we offer cost-effective roof maintenance and repair solutions for all roofing problems.
• Leaks, water damage, and clogged gutters are some of the most common roof maintenance issues.
• Don’t let snow or ice accumulate on your roof. If it’s left to melt and refreeze, it can seep into cracks before expanding to cause further damage.
• BML Roofing has dealt with all of these issues and more for years. Contact us today.