Due to its location between the Great Lakes and Hudson Bay, Ontario experiences a high amount of annual precipitation. This heavy snow and rain, coupled with Arctic air currents in the north and hot summers in the south, wears down key exterior home elements like roofing and siding.
Knowing the most durable home materials on the market and performing vital maintenance tasks goes a long way toward keeping your home secure against whatever Mother Nature blows your way.
Ontario’s severe weather calls for a durable, long-lasting, virtually maintenance-free roofing solution, and metal tops the list of roofing materials, says Chris Labbate, web and marketing manager for Ontario-based Double AA Roofing, Inc. “Metal roofs withstand Ontario’s harsh weather conditions like hailstorms and high winds, and they stand up to rain and snow,” he says. “Metal Roofing with Energy Star-rated colours and UV coating also helps keep the interior of the home cool during summer.”
“Vertical vinyl siding is the top choice in the Ontario area,” says Labbate. Such material is long-lasting and durable and stands up to temperature fluctuations without warping. Vinyl siding is also less likely to trap moisture than wood because it features small weep holes, which allow the release of dampness. Vinyl also saves energy by insulating the house from cold weather.
Top Home Maintenance Tasks
- Ventilation System
“Poor ventilation is the number one cause of failing roofs, and it’s something that can be easily fixed if the problem is caught before shingles start to fail,” says Labbate. Double AA Roofing recommends one square foot of ventilation for every 150 square feet of attic floor space. Check air vents for accumulated debris or snow at least every six months.
- Storm Windows
Correctly adjusted and sealed storm windows are an effective barrier to the cold winds blowing outside. Whether you take the windows down during the warm months or keep them put, they should be inspected in the fall for any broken panes. Also secure and tighten loose frames and apply weather stripping to keep out drafts, if necessary.
- Storm Doors
Check your storm doors at least twice a year. Make sure that the weather stripping and threshold are secure and aren’t allowing in any drafts. After storms, clear ice and snow from the door as soon as possible to avoid warping.
Backed-up water in the eavestroughs causes an overflow of water onto the roof and siding in the summer months and can lead to freezing and splitting downpipes in the winter. Check eavestroughs for blockages, and clear debris at the beginning of every season.
Now that you know how to secure your home against the elements and keep weather extremes at bay, you can rest easily.
Get started by maintaining your roof. Take a look at eieihome’s directory of roofing contractors.