When it comes to domestic maintenance, roofs might just be the most overlooked part of our homes. As roofs tend to be the least accessible part of a house many people simply ignore or forget that they need the same care and attention as any other part of a home.
However, roofing is one of the most important aspects of a house. Protect your roof which protects your home from the worst of the elements while also helping regulate the interior temperature.
Below are just a few other reasons why maintenance of a roof is important:
Looking after a roof will lengthen its lifespan:
No matter the material used in the construction of your roof, it will still require regular inspection and maintenance to help protect it from mosses, algae and other naturally occurring types of damage. As with so many other aspects of life, prevention is the best remedy. Looking after your roof will considerably extend its lifespan – perhaps by up to a couple of decades or more.
Early detection of problems saves bigger issues later:
If you fix a cracked or missing tile early, you will be far more likely to prevent additional problems developing such as damp, rotten timbers or even insect infestation. Regular inspection can save a multitude of much bigger issues further down the line.
Regular maintenance helps prolong a roof’s aesthetics:
Mosses and algae can cause discoloration in the tiles and change the physical appearance of a roof.
Tips to prolong the lifespan of your roof
Roof maintenance is not particularly involved or complicated – though you will likely need a suitable ladder to check everything thoroughly.
Alternatively, if you do not fancy doing the work yourself, you could call in roofers to do the job for you and have the peace of mind of knowing your roof has been inspected by professionals. If you opt to do the inspection yourself, the most important things you should check include:
Tiles: You should regularly inspect the tiles on your roof for damage and cracks – particularly after storms or high winds. It is not uncommon for tiles to be moved or blown away completely in stormy weather.
Check and clean guttering regularly: One of the most common causes of penetrating damp in a home is through blocked or clogged gutters and downpipes. If your gutters develop problems, it is highly likely water will end up running down walls and possibly even soaking into brickwork, resulting in considerably bigger issues that are much more difficult and expensive to repair. You should regularly check gutters for moss, twigs and other debris to ensure water can flow freely.
Check the interior roof space: Roof maintenance does not just mean inspecting the exterior. Very often problems will not be visible on the outside that can be easily detected by doing a quick inspection of the interior. Damp patches or even dripping water are unlikely to be evident from the outside so you should climb into your roof space once in a while to look for problems. Also, be sure to look at the ceilings of rooms on the upper floor of your property to check for tell-tale signs like tide marks, stains or other similar discoloration. Like most home maintenance, spotting issues early is key to avoiding much bigger problems developing later.