Tips for Maintaining Your Roof This Spring
The roof is perhaps one of the most important parts of your home. It protects you and your house from damage caused by unpredictable weather, insects, animals and falling debris. However, often the damage is done before we even think about the condition of our roof. Prevent future wear and tear by following these simple steps this spring.
1) Do a Visual Inspection
Twice a year, specifically around spring and autumn, stand outside in a safe location and inspect your roof from the ground. Look out for and take note of the following problems:
- Missing or exposed fasteners
- Damage to the drip edge
- Lifting or missing shingles
- Loose, missing or buckling flashing
- Sagging, cracked or broken gutters
- Piles of granules
2) Look After Your Gutters
If you’re going to clean out your gutters, ensure you do so safely and efficiently. The best time to do this is just before a storm or a period of rain. The absence of excess leaves will allow rainwater to flow freely through your drains, minimising the risk of drain blockages. For the best results and to guarantee your safety, it’s heavily advised you hire a professional, especially for large clearances. Here at B&S Roofing, we offer guttering replacements and repairs, ensuring your drainage system is free-flowing once again.
3) Trim Surrounding Trees
To protect your roof from substantial damage, ensure the branches of nearby trees are regularly trimmed, ensuring a safe distance between them and your home. This could even prevent long branches from smashing through upstairs windows during violent storms.
4) Check the Insulation
The ventilation and insulation in your loft will, believe it or not, help to keep your roof in good condition, reducing moisture and preventing ice dams from forming. If your loft insulation dates back to the 1970s or earlier, it should be replaced, likewise if your roof has leaked or if you suspect water has soaked into the insulation. Mouldy insulation should be removed and replaced immediately.
5) Be on the Lookout for Plant Matter
Plants growing into or up through your roof can be highly detrimental to its condition. It can encourage water leaks, as well as granting pests, such as mice and nesting insects, access into your home. Here’s how you can prevent plant growth occurring on your roof:
- Keep your loft properly ventilated
- Trim overhanging branches and tree limbs
- Remove debris from pipes and drains
6) Call a Professional (if Necessary)
If flashings aren’t properly holding their seal, your roof is leaking, or a large amount of tiles are missing or badly damaged, you may need professional help. B&S Roofing offer ridge tile repairs, re-roofing, roof repairs, lead flashing and roofing maintenance services, to name a few – you can always count on us to help.
Here at B&S Roofing, our family owned business is highly accredited and certified by several industry authorities, giving you peace of mind that our services are carried out to the highest possible standards. We’re fully insured for public and employers’ liability, meaning we can carry out work on any public building without the vacation of its occupants. With over 20 years of experience, we offer a range of roofing services, replacements and repairs, all performed by our skilled and knowledgeable experts. Get in touch with us today for further information about our quality products and services – we’re always happy to help.