Top Tips for Roof Maintenance With spring on the horizon, the ravages of winter weather may well have taken their toll on your property’s roof and guttering. You may want to consider bringing in a specialist maintenance company to fix more serious problems which have appeared over the last few months, but here are our top tips for quick fixes and general maintenance. 1. Inspection from the inside While you should aim to inspect your roof twice a year from ground level, inspection from inside is recommended. Inspection from the inside will reveal any areas of missing coverage or faults in the flashing. Look for daylight penetration to reveal faults like these. 2. Gutters Maintaining clear gutters is an essential part of roof maintenance. Guttering can become blocked with debris, leaves and dirt that build up over time, so make sure this is cleared out regularly. If you don’t mind getting a bit wet, it is also a good idea to check their performance in wet weather – look for any overflows or cracks. If tackling gutters yourself, get someone to foot your ladder at all times, and be sure to fix the top of it to a stable point while you work. In windy or wet weather, hips, ridges and flashings can get become loose or get detached. Inspecting your gutters can also help you to spot this if you look for any signs of mortar droppings. 3. Moss Moss is a major cause of blocked gutters, also retaining moisture which may damage the roof covering in icy weather conditions. The older the roof is, the more likely moss build-up will be. If it starts causing a problem (e.g. drain blockage or leakages), we recommend dealing with it immediately. If you’re not comfortable removing it yourself, this is normally a service offered by maintenance service companies. 4. Missing tiles The odd missing tile isn’t the end of the world, but missing tiles may lead to more costly problems so it’s advisable to check. Keep an eye out for debris such as broken slates tiles or shingles on the ground. When doing internal work on roofs and ceilings (such as plastering or timberwork) make sure you reinstate missing tiles or shingles first to prevent future damage. Many roof types (e.g. lead or thatch) will require specialist repairs – get a professional in to deal with it to reduce the risk of greater long-term damage. 5. If in doubt….. If in doubt, avoid making more work for yourself. Get a professional in to take care of any problems that look too complicated or require technical expertise. Add these tips to your maintenance checklist to keep your property safe and dry for when the April showers kick in. If you do find any serious problems, look into the responsive roofing repairs and maintenance services available near you. Visit http://www.sanctuary-group.co.uk/maintenance/Pages/default.aspx to learn more.
Published on Feb 28, 2013
Published on Feb 28, 2013
With spring on the horizon, the ravages of winter weather may well have taken their toll on your property’s roof and guttering. You may wan...