Your house wouldn’t be a house without its roof and it wouldn’t be much of a home if you and your family were sitting in your very own living room pond. A damaged roof can affect your furniture and belongings, and the damage can be irreversible.
It can prove very costly to replace a roof so it’s vitally important that you make regular checks and maintain the tiles so that you can save money and maintain the value of your home.
To guarantee the safety of your roof for many more years, try these tips for a happy and healthy house:
Lack of ventilation is the biggest cause of rotting in roofing timbers. With sufficient ventilation, you can prevent condensation forming on the underside of the roof tiles. This reduces the risk of your insulation soaking it up and leading to mould and rot which is potentially dangerous for the stability of your roof structure.
It’s vitally important that you check your roof every 6 months for any leaks, missing tiles or broken slates so that you can get them fixed as soon as possible. Black streaks across the roof could mean that there is mould and fungus growing on the tiles.
The easiest way to check is to stand on the opposite side of the road, to get a better view of what is going on up there.
Make sure your guttering is free from any debris or blockages that could stop the rain flowing smoothly through the gutter system as they can cause leakage. The most common thing to look out for is fallen leaves.
If you can see your roof dipping slightly, this could be a sign of sagging. This needs to be repaired as soon as possible as it can cause leaks, broken roof trussing or even roof collapse. So be on the lookout and aware of the signs before it’s too late.
Another clue to help you spot roof sagging is that the chimney stack is leaning slightly.
Home owners tend to avoid touching the trees that surround their house, especially if they have grown from a neighbour’s garden. But it’s important to cut all overhanging greenery away from your roof and guttering to prevent any unnecessary damage.
The same goes for any greenery that might be growing out of your roof. This can dislodge tiles and cause damage from underneath the tiles.
A healthy roof will prolong the life of your home and keep your family safe beneath it for years to come.
About the author: This post was provided by MyRedlandRoof. Expert tips and advice for repairing or replacing your roof. For more information, visit MyRedlandRoof.co.uk.