How to maintain your roof

Every house has a roof and to enable it to do its job you need to do regular maintenance checks. There are multiple types of roofs but following this general guideline should help keep yours working at its top form.

Inspection

Depending on the type of roof you have, you should get your roof professionally looked at every 3-5 years. This will help increase its life span by stopping minor problems from becoming major ones later on.

You should also get it inspected after any extreme weather conditions. No matter the age, if the weather has been harsh it can damage it substantially – regularly checking it can even help prevent any damage from the next seasonal hazard.

Damage check

You should keep a look out for any debris in the gutters or valleys, if too much gets stuck it can cause drainage issues and flooding. Also check for rust or mould, if needed clean or change/repair damage, or you could risk long term problems.

Importantly, you need to check chimneys, skylights or vents. These can have a build-up of debris and smoke, especially if your chimney isn’t clean and you regularly use your fireplace, it may cause breathing problems if not well maintained.

Lastly, check your attic or any interior ceilings for leakage and water damage. You wouldn’t want permanent water damage to your house.

Environment

Depending on the location of your house, you could have overgrown trees or branches that stick out. If leaves fall on to the roof and are left, they can rot and cause damage to roof tiles.

A roof deals with a lot of weather conditions and environmental damage, it is essential that everyone checks their roofs regularly to prevent any long-term damage, not to just the roof but to other parts of your house as well.

Please do speak to a professional if you think you need repairs, a novice could do more harm than good.

Keeping your roof in good condition will only help add to the value of your home.

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