A Master Class in Roof Maintenance
Ah roofs, where would we be without them! These heroes above our heads keep us safe and dry, day in, day out – whatever the weather.
Many of us are guilty of simply forgetting about our roofs. But it’s important to treat your roof to a little TLC every now and again. After all, it deserves it!
When it comes to roof maintenance, prevention really is better than cure. This is because spotting potential roof issues early on will help you avoid costly repairs further down the line.
Want to know how to keep your roof looking its best? Then check out our guide to roof maintenance essentials.
Bring Out the Binoculars
You should aim to inspect your roof for signs of trouble at least every six months. It probably goes without saying, but it pays to check it after particularly wild weather too!
If you’re wondering what exactly you should be looking for, don’t worry, as we’ve got you covered. Below are the key things to look out for:
Broken or cracked tiles: these are one of the easiest roof issues to identify. Whilst a few broken or missing tiles aren’t a major issue, always get these replaced to prevent water from penetrating the underlying felt and timbers in your roof!
Sagging: a sagging roof is a big red flag and may indicate that the structural integrity of your roof has been compromised. So, if you do notice signs of sagging, call in the professionals and get it checked.
Damaged flashing: make sure to check the flashing on your roof for signs of damage too. Flashing is designed to be durable, but can become loose and deteriorate over time – so keep an eye on it.
As a handy tip, using a pair of binoculars will allow you to easily inspect your roof from below, letting you keep both feet safely on the ground.
If you do notice a problem with your roof, then make sure to call in a professional roofer to get the issue checked out properly.
Gut Your Gutters
An important – but often neglected – aspect of good roof maintenance is cleaning your gutters.
Clogged gutters can spell catastrophe. Not only are they unsightly to look at, but the excess water they produce has a rather nasty habit of causing damage to the structure of your home – yikes!
Gutters are designed to direct water from your roof away from your home, allowing for proper drainage.
A build up of leaves and other debris in your gutters will prevent this from happening. And water being water, it will take the path of least resistance instead – which often means it ends up running down your walls!
You can avoid the potential damage this can cause by keeping your gutters clear. So make sure to gut your gutters at least twice a year – simple!
Trim Those Trees
A little tree-trimming can go a long way towards keeping your roof safe from harm. If your roof is surrounded by overhanging branches, then call in the experts and get these cut back – your roof will thank you!
So there we have it; master tips for roof maintenance. As leading suppliers of a range of slate roof tiles, here at All Slates we know a thing or two about roofs. We can provide a wide range of stunning slate tiles, including reclaimed roof slates and beautiful Welsh slates, and all are perfect for revamping your roof.
Want to know more about our products and services? Then contact us today by giving us a call on 01829 262 600 and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help.