Our houses are our pride and joy and we spend many hours making sure they look their best. But very often we forget perhaps the most important part, the roof!
A sharp, well maintained roof can make your house look well cared for and helps to increase its value. A badly looked
after roof can have the opposite effect, giving a poor impression, causing a decrease in value and having a detrimental effect when it comes to selling.
And let’s not forget the roof’s primary function is to protect us, our family and our belongings, so giving it the attention it deserves will result in a long and happy life. For your roof and your family!
So what should you be doing to keep your roof in great condition? Read our 4 top tips to get you started and help your roof look its best, all year round!
Regular checks all year round
One of the most important things you can do for your roof is to get into the habit of performing maintenance on a regular basis.
Rather than waiting for problems to build up, resulting in a costly repair job, stay on top of things with regular checks throughout the year.
Get into a routine of doing a general ‘walk round’ at least once a month, and increase frequency after particularly ‘heavy weather’ or seasons such as Autumn, when more debris is likely to collect.
Look out for any damage, or any debris that may be on the ground surrounding your home. If you come across anything unusual, call in the experts for a closer look.
Clean your gutters routinely. When trees shed their leaves, the first place they’ll end up is on your roof, so making sure you keep them at bay will pay dividends in the long run.
Check gutters and downspouts, again, particularly after storms and increase in Autumn to suit the season. Check for breaks or gaps and make sure that the brackets holding the gutters against the house are secure.
Inspect the attic
The attic is the first place you’re likely to spot a leak, so if you have access to one, get in there on a regular basis and take a good look around.
Look out for staining, streaks or water damage. Also keep an eye out for changes in the wood, which could be sign of insect or animal activity. Be careful when you head up there and if necessary, call in the experts to lend a hand.
Schedule a professional inspection
Getting a professional to check your roof once a year is one of the best things you can do for your home and your family. They know exactly what to look for and are equipped to carry out all repairs and checks safely and with the appropriate tools.
They can quickly assess what work needs to be done and agree a price and plan with you to get the work done.