5 Tips for Winter Roof Maintenance
When it comes to house maintenance, the roof often gets forgotten – that is until damp develops, gutters start overflowing or you notice leaks coming from the ceiling. To prevent further problems from occurring, it’s important that you effectively maintain your roof from the offset, especially if it’s been recently replaced. There are a number of things you can do in order to keep it in top condition, and Roofer UK are here to help.
Here are five things we recommend you do this winter to help maintain your roof:
Regular Roof Inspections
It’s important that you inspect your roof on a regular basis to ensure it’s sound and in good condition. Things you should look out for include:
- Missing, loose or broken tiles
- Warped or loose flashing
- Clogged gutters and drains
- Damage caused by animals
- General weathering
If you spot any of the aforementioned issues, contact Roofer UK. We’re able to offer:
- Roofing Maintenance and Repairs
- Re-Roofing/New Roofing
- Lead Roofing and Flashing
- Slating and Tiling
- Gutter Cleaning
- Emergency Roofing
Keep Drains And Gutters Clear
Maintaining an efficient drainage system around your home is an important part of roof maintenance. It can help prevent the formation of damp, pesky water leaks and keeps water free-flowing when ice and snow begins to melt. You should keep an especially close eye on your gutter and drainage system over the autumn, as fallen leaves can cause drains to block, subsequently obstructing the flow of water.
If your gutter is beginning to clog up with copious amounts of debris, then Roofer UK will be able to lend a helping hand. We have a team of experts who specialise in gutter cleaning, ensuring your gutters are free from the build-up of moss, grime and waste. For more information, get in touch with us today.
Trim Surrounding Trees And Foliage
It’s important that all tree branches and overhanging foliage that grow close to your house are regularly trimmed back. Branches can be heavily weighed down with snow which could cause them to snap, subsequently causing extensive damage to your roof. As well as this, foliage which come into contact with your roof can cause friction. This has the potential to prematurely wear out the shingles or loosen tiles, which will also require immediate repair.
If surrounding trees look unstable or if they’re highly likely to fall down, it would be better to rid your garden of the problem completely – hire a professional to chop them down and ensure all natural waste is disposed of in an environmentally friendly, responsible manner.
It’s important that you inspect the flashing when making your general roof checks. If you notice that it has become warped or loose, then it should be either replaced or repaired by a professional as soon as possible. If the issue is left unremedied, excess moisture has the potential to build-up and seep into your ceiling or cause damp and other leaks. Therefore, repairs and replacements should be carried out before the bitterly cold weather eventually sets in. Our team here at Roofer UK are able to offer a lead roofing and flashing service for you to take advantage of.
Get A Professional To Inspect Your Roof Annually
Although quick roof checks can be carried out yourself, it would be beneficial to have a professional inspect and survey it once a year. We’ll be able to accurately identify any faults, as well as being fully qualified to carry out repairs, should you need them. It also ensures your own safety, as you won’t need to climb ladders to identify or attempt to repair faults yourself (something which we strongly advise against).
For your own peace of mind, let a professional inspect your roof on your behalf. This way, you’ll be able to embrace and enjoy the new season, together with the festivities that come along with it, without worrying about the condition of your roof.
If you’re in need of roof maintenance and repairs, or if you’d like a professional to inspect and survey your roof, then get in touch with a member of our team today. We’re even able to offer gutter cleaning services, and emergency call-outs, too! If you live in Barnet, Edgeware, Hampstead, Rickmansworth, St Albans, Watford or the surrounding areas, Roofer UK will be able to see to all your roofing needs.