4 Tips to help winter proof your roof!
By Shelly, Jan 21 2016 08:13PM
I guess we should start by wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
The festive period seems to come round so quickly and then seems to be gone in a flash too, but what it also brings with it (and particularly so this year) is unpredictable weather.
We’ve saw the wettest, yet mildest December on record and those two things mean one thing – rain and moisture in the air.
This can mean that if your roof isn’t maintained, as it should be, it’s vulnerable to all kinds of damage from the elements.
One simple thing to do is to have a roof inspection done. It sounds obvious, but much of our time is spent repairing things that could have been prevented. We know some of you think that getting a roof inspection just leads to more costs, but if you use a reputable and trustworthy roofer, that won’t happen and you can always get a second, third or even fourth opinion.
Another huge cause of roof damage, that can also lead to damp in the walls of your home, is the roof not being waterproof. It’s definitely a good idea to look into some kind of waterproofing. Even if you are not having a new roof fitted, there are several products that can be applied to your existing roof to help make sure water isn’t sneaking in somewhere.
Believe it or not, one of the biggest causes of roof damage is clogged up gutters! You’d be amazed how quickly they fill up with leaves and other foliage, which means they’re not doing the job they are there to do – provide drainage to take the water away from your house. It’s also a good idea to check that all the gutters and drainage pipes are securely fixed to your property too.
Last of all, have a quick scan round the property (where possible) to check all flashings. Flashings are the metal strips that are used to seal areas where the roof changes direction (e.g. around porches, skylights, chimneys and pipes).
I guess what we are saying is that, although these things can be a bit of chore to do, by spotting any issues early, you can save yourself an expensive headache (and a water damaged property) further down the line.
Until next time… try and stay dry! ☺