Guide to roof maintenance in Autumn/Winter
It is essential that homeowners to ensure that their roofs are watertight because of the summer weather fast approaching. Given the repeated battering that buildings will receive during cold and wet conditions, take notice that even the smallest of issues can develop into bigger problems. That is why you should ensure that your roof is in good condition before the summer comes.
Here are some tips on how you can maintain your roof and ensure it is properly protected:
1. Cover with roofing membrane
Roofing membrane is used to seal flashing, where water can dam up or valleys. This covers the roof deck for the long-term and is weather resistant as well. It’s also best to have it applied by a professional.
2. Regular roof inspection
Be aware of any roofing problems or developing issues early. It is important that you regularly inspect your roof to find any issues. Comprehensive roof inspection should be carried out at least twice a year. Look out for blocked gutters, broken shingles and decay.
3. Clean gutters
Standing water dam up in blocked gutters. Water will get into jour home and damp, over time, will cause a rotting roof. Make sure that gutters are working properly by ensuring that they are correctly fastened to the roof and that all downpipes are open. Contact a professional if you’re not sure whether you have a leak or not.
4. Get gutter covers installed
Decrease the likelihood of blockages of your gutters that you have gutter covers installed, it will prevent the build-up of debris. Gutter covers also make it easy to remove any leaves and twigs before they getting into gutters. The covers are a worthwhile investment in, usually very reasonably priced and very effective.
5. Give special attention to flat roofs
Flat roofs accumulate leaves, debris and dirt much easier. Check your flat roof regularly for any damage.
6. Cut branches close to your roof
Should you have trees surrounding your house then make sure any loose branches have not landed onto the roof as this could lead to damage in the long-term. Fallen branches can cause damage to your roof and may cause blockages in your gutters. This is especially likely to happen in the autumn periods due to the fall of foliage. Get an expert to carry out the trimming of surrounding flora, to make sure it is done safely and effectively.
7. Be vigilant about animal damage
Make sure you don’t have any birds nesting in your roof, their droppings can cause a vast amount of damage. Once any animals have been evicted, block any entrances to prevent any new nesting.
As long as the tips above are followed, you should have a fully-maintained roof that is in full working order, no matter what the weather conditions have in store for us.