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While all parts of a house will need maintenance here and there, one part in particular has to withstand the rigours of the weather. Rain, hail, sleet, snow and the sun – not to mention the wind – can all cause damage to a roof. In some cases such as dislodged shingles there is an easy repair that professional roofing companies can carry out. For others – such as broken guttering or water pooling on the roof – major damage may ensue, so you need to get the professionals in as soon as you can.
What can you do to help your roof stay in top condition and prolong its life? We’ve put together a list of handy tips for keeping a check on your roof, so let’s get down to business!
1: Check Your Roof Regularly
The best time to have a look at your roof is following a storm. Take a walk around your house and have a pair of binoculars with you. If you see obvious signs – missing tiles, broken or overflowing gutters – you should call out the professional roofing company right away. Also look for moss on the roof as this can lead to further damage. Check your downpipes as they and the gutters can become blocked, leading to pools of water on the roof which you will easily notice.
2: Have Your Roof Professionally Assessed Once a Year
Make a date in your diary each year to arrange for your local professional roofing company to attend and assess your roof expertly. They may see things that you do not and suggest either repairs or replacement that can prevent a small problem becoming a much more expensive one. It’s worth talking to them now if you have not recently had your roof checked.
3: Look in Your Loft Space
Pop your head into the loft hatch and look for daylight. If you can see any then you need to call out the roofing specialist. This could be a sign of broken or misplaced tiles that need putting back in position or replacing. Do this every few months to be on the safe side and you should keep on top of things.
4: Clear Snow Away Immediately
If you are in a location where heavy snowfall is expected, we recommend you invest in a snow shovel. You can find these with extended handles and a chute to clear the snow, and they are not expensive. It is essential you clear snow quickly as it is heavy, and when it begins to melt then freezes again it can form an ice dam, which can cause considerable damage as it blocks the rest of the snow from melting and running off the roof.
The above are four essential tips that should help extend the life of your roof as best possible. We recommend you find a good local professional roofing maintenance company and, in the first instance, ask them to survey your roof right away and sort out any immediate problems.