Keeping care of your roof
Most of us assume the roof will always be there, like the walls and the floor. After all, a house isn’t exactly liveable without a roof. And yet we all seem to take the roof over our head for granted – and I don’t mean that in a metaphorical sense, I mean that the idea of the roof not ever being well a roof seems implausible. However, similar to your windows and doors, your roof has an expiry date. It needs tender loving care just like all your other fixtures and if ignored can cause not only a huge hole in your house but a bigger hole in your wallet. There are however ways to stop that from happening. We’ve provided some tips to help expand your roof’s lifespan and keep it looking good. The roof is after all one of the first things people notice.
1. Inspect your roof regularly
Regularly for your roof check-up means at least twice a year. We and other companies provide free internal and external check ups for your roof producing an assessment of the fixture for you to review. Our experienced and professional roofers can thoroughly assess your roof so you don’t have to. However, if you do want to then try not to tread on the roof, but look from the ladder. Definitely, don’t have a look in bad weather including snow. And keep an eye out for damaged, cracked or slipped tiles, visible holes, moss, mould and dark patches. Any of these signs could lead to serious problems if not amended quickly. Please remember to be careful and to not walk on the roof often, as you will loosen granules in the shingles, depleting their lifespan. If you don’t want to get up on the roof yourself and aren’t ready to call up free help, then you can use inside vantage points looking through an inside second-story window.
2. Check the interior of your roof
After or before climbing onto your roof, remember to venture into the attic. The inside of your roof can tell you just as much if not more about the state of your roof. The underside of your roof can show rot, mould and potential leaks. It’s also much easier to keep a constant check of your roof from the inside, helping you to avoid disaster in the long run. If need be you can look into adding extra insulation helping your house to retain heat, which will stop rotting and dampness which often leads to mould as well.
3. Check the exterior of the roof
When we say exteriors we mean your gutters, soffits and downspouts, shingles and roof decking. Just by casting your eye over your roof on a sunny day you can see if your gutters need cleaning if there are any dislodged or broken tiles and if there is a moss build up. The chimney, vents and protective flashing also need a careful and regular eye cast upon them, as this is often where the water enters your home. Therefore, if you want to avoid leaks, rotting, dampness and mould ensure you uphold your regular check-ups and keep the outside clean.
4. Prune overhanging trees
This tip is a branch (see what we did there) to point three. People often choose to ignore overhanging trees, believing them to be natural, normal and therefore harmless. However, if you maintain your trees, you are maintaining your roof. The reason being that you can drastically minimise the leaves and branches that clog your gutter as well as stop heavy branches from causing damage to your roof. If you do see any debris collecting on your roof then make sure you clear it either way. You can do this yourself or get a professional roofer, like us, to do it for you.
5. Keep your gutters and downspouts clean
We recommend you keep your gutters clean at least twice a year. By removing the leaves, debris and anything else that is clogging it up you can ensure the water can move freely. This is particularly important to do in autumn when the leaves fall and the weather dramatically drops. You don’t want clogged gutters and downspouts to lead to flooding, leakage, rotting and ice dams, all of which we cause you a headache and a lot of money in the long run.
Autumn is the perfect time of the year to get a professional to take a look at your roof. They can clean the gutters and free up the downspouts, as well as check for any holes or slipped and broken tiles, getting you safe and snug for the winter time. Another great time to get checked is after heavy rainfall or particularly stormy weather.