A lot of homeowners tend to neglect their roof, even though it is arguably the most important element of the house. This also means that it can be one of the most expensive parts of your property and if you happen to neglect it, your pocket will live to regret it at some point in the future.
Fortunately, it’s very easy to prolong the life of your roof and prevent those unwelcome financial surprises at the same time. Admittedly, it will take some time on your part, but if you can follow some of the tips in this short guide you could save yourself some considerable money in roof repair fees.
Keep off the snow
With the UK’s annual snowfall relatively low, this is arguably a tip that won’t apply to most readers. Nevertheless, if we do experience a snow-hit year or you happen to be based in a country which receives plenty of it, you should read on. Over recent times there have been countless situations of roofs collapsing due to the snow loading and really, this should not be a surprise. Roofs are designed to withstand minimal loading and with snow sometimes staying around for months at a time, it can get too much in some cases. Therefore, if there is a lot of snow on your home’s roof, buy a snow rake from the local DIY store and carefully push it off. You don’t need to do it every time it snows, but if it’s clear that the weather isn’t going to change anytime soon you should consider it.
Watch out for any excess debris
When we talk about excess debris, we really mean all of the sticks and leaves that can accumulate during certain months of the year. While they may appear harmless enough, if your room collects a significant amount of them they can damage the shingles and also get into the gutters and cause blockages. Therefore, if you do notice a high amount of debris, do what you can to brush it off.
Keep an eye out for rusting metal
This next tip only applies to those homeowners with metal roofs, which don’t really suffer with too many defects when we compare them to the standard tiled roof. However, one issue that does hinder a metal roof’s life expectancy is rust. Metal sheeting has a habit of rusting over time but if you can get in before the process has properly got underway, you can prevent it. Therefore, scour your roof annually and if you do come across any minor rust, take a wire brush and treat it accordingly.
Replace individual tiles
Unfortunately, no matter what type of roof you have, tiles will get damaged and sometimes fall off from time to time. The course of action amongst most people is to simply leave them until the problem progresses into something serious. Our advice is to replace or repair each tile individually; with this proving to be much easier on the pocket than the task of replacing a whole section of roof. Furthermore, if a number of tiles are damaged in the same area, it also places the substructure at more risk. This is one of the maintenance issues which you may need to source a specialist company, such as Roofing Contracts & Building. While tiles are much easier to install than they once were, a lot of homeowners still feel more confident when the process is performed by an expert.
Prune any trees that are overhanging
This probably relates to other issues that have been discussed, but you should make sure you attend to it nevertheless. If you have any trees situated close to your property which are overhanging your roof, make sure you act on them before it’s too late. If one of the branches collapses, it can take out an entire selection of tiles, while the leaves from the trees can cause all sorts of problems as highlighted previously in this article.