Should You Remove Snow From Your Roof Yourself?

Removing snow from a roof is a very physically demanding activity. It also involves risks of falling, injury and electrocution, and therefore, it is recommended that you leave this task to the professionals. Don’t forget to use plastic or wooden tools in order to avoid damaging the waterproof membrane. If your roof is flat, you have to think about unblocking the drain and planning flow paths. If your roof is sloped, ensure that water can run off easily. It is recommended that you leave a layer of snow on your roof. In order to avoid accidents, you should always use a safety harness that is solidly anchored to the ground.

A Rooftop Garden

Before undertaking a rooftop gardening project, it is extremely important to have an expert or a structural architect verify whether your roof can support the weight of a garden. You should also verify that your project is in compliance with municipal by-laws, and that the owner of your building is on-board. Once these questions have been answered, you can install your bins and start to grow your garden. Among the latest trends, green roofs allow otherwise unused space to produce homegrown fruits and vegetables. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can always install a terrace or a relaxing oasis! It is interesting to note that having a greenhouse on the roof reduces heating costs. The greenhouse recovers the heat that escapes through the roof in the winter, and absorbs the sun’s rays in the summer, keeping the building cooler.

Why Have Your Roof Inspected Regularly?

Having your roof inspected regularly is an excellent precautionary practice. It allows you to detect problems quickly and avoid additional damage. We usually recommend that you have your roof inspected once per year. It is important to detect any anomalies (mold, icy patches, water infiltration, blocked drain, etc.) and correct the situation.

Why Call a Roofer for Your Roof?

An experienced roofer knows how to install a roof in compliance with the Building Code, and can carry out all of the necessary insulation and ventilation work. These two elements help to prolong the lifespan of your roof and prevent unwanted problems, such as mold, water infiltration, etc. In addition, a master roofer has the experience, the right equipment and the required skills to carry out the job properly.

Choosing the Right Material for Your Roof

There is a wide range of roof covering materials to choose from: slate shingles, the asphalt shingles, cedar shingles, metal shingles, elastomeric membranes, TPO membranes, EPDM membranes, etc. in addition to insulating and protecting your home, the material that you choose also adds a decorative aspect. Master roofers can help you to make an informed decision based on where you live (climate), your taste and your budget.