Spot roof damage early this winter and save yourself money in the long run

Roof damage is bad news. Failing to take action when something is wrong could end up costing you much more money in the long run. Here’s our top tips for keeping your roof in check, and knowing when something is amiss.
Looking after your roof and knowing what to look out for when it comes to potential roof damage is incredibly important in the winter months.

Roof Damage Inspection

It’s important to give your roof a thorough indoor and outdoor inspection, especially after a period of bad weather. When you’re carrying out checks outside, look for any missing and damaged shingles, as they are often the reason for leaks entering the home. If you notice a tile has blown off your roof, it’s important to get it replaced quickly to prevent water getting into the felt. During the winter period it isn’t unusual to get heavy wind and rain, so if you have a flat roof check for sagging, as the water can build up and cause the boards to break under the weight.
When carrying out an indoor inspection, look out for damp marks, peeling paint, bubbles and brown, yellow and grey staining on walls and ceilings as they are tell-tale signals of a leaking roof. It’s a good idea to check the attic, as this can show problems with ventilation, damaged wood and past and present leaks.

Clear gutters
If we get a flurry of snow and ice this winter, it can freeze the edge of roofs where the surface is cooler. This forms an “Ice Dam”, preventing melting snow from draining. This can then back into the roof, and leak into the home. Guttering is used to ensure that water is diverted away from the house safely, so make sure they are kept clear at all times.

Flashing
Flashing is a material used to seal and protect joints from water, and is mainly used in the cross-sections around chimneys and skylights. It’s also commonly used in roofing to protect from water damage. The material expands and contracts due to changes in the weather, which can cause major problems. Don’t worry though, this can be easily repaired, and it won’t break the bank. Remember to always leave it to a professional. However, if you think your flashing is damaged, it’s important to act right away.

Trees
When trees and bushes grow too close to homes, they can cause many different issues, with moss and algae growing on the roof’s surface, causing it to rot and deteriorate due to the excess moisture. Tree branches near roofs can scratch the roofing materials when blown in the wind. Branches can also puncture roofing materials and leaves can block guttering, causing roof damage to and roofing system to rot due to excess moisture.

Keep ventilation clear
To prolong the life and durability of your roof system, ensure it has proper ventilation. Without this, heat and moisture can build up in the attic area and cause the rafters to rot and the shingles to buckle. If there isn’t much ventilation, it can cause insulation to lose its effectiveness. Proper ventilation helps keep energy consumption low, especially during the winter months and will make your roofing system last longer.

Safety first
Safety should always be your number one priority when working at height, and you should never go up on the roof alone – least of all in bad weather. If you plan on clearing your roof gutters, ensure there is someone on hand to avoid any accidents, or better still call in a professional.

If you do encounter any damage over the festive period and New Year, contact us immediately or give us a call on our emergency number, and we’ll do our best to give you a quote: 07939 981 891.


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