Spring is upon us in British Columbia. The rain will come soon enough and that could mean trouble for your roof this spring. Here are 5 roofing issues you may experience.

Loose or broken eavestrough

Cause: Autumn leaves that were left unnoticed could pile up in the eaves, slow deterioration could lead to clogging and overflow.

Solution: Clear eavestrough of all debris. Check the screws and brackets to ensure they are fastened properly.

Animal Lodging

Cause: Loose flashings or siding, corroded facia boards, and dormant chimneys are all enticing places where squirrels, chipmunks, birds would like to nest.

Solution: Are you hearing odd noises in your ceiling? Are you seeing an abnormal amount of wildlife congregating? If you hear a recurrent noise on your roof, chances are high that you have an unwanted pest residing in your roof. If you are certain there is an animal nesting in your roof, there are humane wildlife removal and control services available.

Chimney Deterioration

Cause: Older homes need to have the chimney inspected. A common winter problem is that ice and snow rests on the top of your chimney. If the chimney is old, it is likely to have cracks in the crown. When the snow melts during the day, the water runs into those cracks. Temperature drops at night can cause expansion and pushes the mortar and bricks apart. If this keeps recurring, it can cause your roof to leak and/or cause your chimney to fall off of your house.

Solution: Have your chimney inspected regularly. If deterioration signs are present, we strongly recommend that you hire a roofing or chimney specialist who is qualified in this area.

Active Leaks

Cause: One thing that you will want to look for is if there are any leaks or water damage inside the building. During the winter, snow and often ice stay put and may not melt or become a problem. When spring rolls around, all the snow and ice begin to melt, and this can cause a leak in your building roof system.

Solution: If you notice that the ceiling or walls have stains, it is a sign that the roof system probably needs to be repaired as soon as possible. Call BC Roof Inspections for a local inspector near you.

Membrane Separation

Cause: A sign to look for in flat rubber (or other membrane) roof systems on commercial buildings is if you notice that the roof membrane is slowly tearing or peeling away. This can cause serious issues underneath because there is now nothing protecting the building below.

Solution: This is why a qualified roof inspection is the best way to see if there is any damage done to the roof that would warrant immediate repairs or other non-critical issues with the roof membrane.

Note: Call BC Roof Inspections for a roofing professional as they are trained, qualified and are able to work with elevated conditions.