Top tips to keep your roof looking it’s best
The roof of your home takes a battering from the elements, especially in the UK, so ensuring you are properly maintaining this vital area of your home is essential. Thorough inspection of your roof, be it old or new, is the best way to keep it looking at it’s best.
The average roof replacement costs around £5000 (1) and may be one of the largest projects you may undertake on your home. We’ve put together a list of top tips to help you ensure your roof stays in tip top condition.
Keep your roof clean
It may seem obvious, but keeping your roof clean is a reasonably simple way to help prevent damage.
An excessive build up of moss or dirt on your roof tiles can promote further damp by absorbing more moisture. Areas of your roof that are particularly vulnerable to a build up, are areas that do not receive a lot of sunlight.
Prevention is the best cure, so ensuring you remove any overhanging branches or other objects that shade your roof is a great place to start.
If your tiles are clay or brick, giving them a clean with a power washer should remove the majority of moss and dirt build up. For more fragile roof tiles, using a lower pressure garden hose will ensure you don’t damage the roof whilst removing the dirt.
You may think that roof maintenance only concerns the main surface of your roof, but checking the internal area is equally as important.
Proper ventilation in the loft space of your home is important to reduce damp or mould. Ventilation ensures the regulation of temperature between the interior and exterior of the roof to prevent the build up of moisture which can cause damage to the roof structure.
It is a good idea to check your loft space during, or just after some rain fall. This can give you a good indication to any leaks you may have in your roof. Fortunately, if these issues are discovered early, they are easily fixed.
Cleaning out the guttering of your roof can be a messy and time consuming job, but many of us don’t realise the importance of keeping guttering clear of debris not only for your roof, but for your entire house.
The guttering system on your roof is designed to lead water away from your home, but if there is an obstruction to the flow, the water may make its way into the structure of your property causing serious damage. Clogged guttering can also cause water damage to your roof, causing leaks and deterioration of the roof structure.
Clearing out the guttering is a straightforward job if you don’t mind getting up on a ladder. Working around the house, using a small scoop, remove any leaves, moss or other debris and rinse out with water.
To maintain your roof gutters, inspecting and cleaning them several times a year, especially after storms and in autumn, should keep them functioning to their best and save any costly home repairs.
(1) www.roofadvisor.co.uk, www.homepro.com