Roof Maintenance: How to Tell if Your Roof Needs Repairing
February 24, 2016
Being prepared and keeping your roof properly, and professionally, maintained will give peace of mind for your home and family in the event of heavy storms and rainfall.
You’ll find severe storm damage can be significantly reduced if roof repairs and maintenance are carried out beforehand and on a regular basis. Regular upkeep of your roof will also save you money in the long-term.
Tips on Maintaining Your Roof
Your roof keeps your home, contents and family safe and dry. It’s important to put in the time and money to make sure it’s properly maintained!
1. Regular Inspection
Make a point of carrying out a quick, but thorough, inspection of your roof on a monthly basis. Mark it on your calendar or in your diary. You’ll become familiar with the roof and be able to notice any variations, or sudden damage. You’ll also be able to assess any changes after the different seasons.
As well as your monthly inspection, check over your roof after any particularly heavy storms – scout out your roof, the gutters and your attic to see if there are any dents, broken shingles or leaks.
2. Clean Out Your Gutters
Clean the gutters on a regular basis. Sift through your gutters and drains to see if they have been disconnected or are backed-up. If they are overflowing with leaves and gunk, then give it a good clean. If you don’t clean your gutters, the water will then leak into your house walls and can cause even worse damage.
It’s advisable to clean your gutters at least every second month (or any time after a major storm).
3. Cut Down Those Tree Branches
Any trees that are close to your roof should be cut down. During wild winds and storms, these branches could break off and crash onto your roof, causing damage. Cut them down to avoid further problems in future.
4. Check Around Your House
Just take a quick wander around your house and check your roof from below, to see if shingles are missing, hanging off or have fallen to the ground. It could be a sign that the roof is facing some problems.
5. How to Know When it’s Time to Call the Professionals
If you do find damage or an issue with your roof, you need to contact professional roofing contractors. They’ll have the experience and knowledge to fix the issue, and also see any problems that you might have missed – or worse, that you’ve repaired and made worse.
In the event of severe roof damage, you may need to carry out more than a standard repair job. Make sure you choose a professional roof restoration expert you can trust to take care of your roof maintenance needs.