When we think about completing work and repairs to our home, we often forget about the roof. It’s probably because we don’t tend to see it and it doesn’t affect us. Even from the outside, you’d have to look quite hard to notice an issue with your roof. But, you can bet it will show up all too clearly in photos when you’re trying to sell later down the line. Though it still might surprise you to know that most people won’t notice a hole in their roof until the next time they go in the attic. That could be months after the damage has been done and by that time you’ll have a whole host of other issues. Here are some things to think about when looking after the roof of your home.
Keeping Gutters Clear
One of the most common problems with roofs is to do with the gutters. Usually, in the winter the gutters clog up with gunk and the water doesn’t drain as it should. This can lead to two issues. One is that the water will overflow the gutter and could fall on your head as you leave your home. The other is that water can build up along the edge of the gutter causing dampness on the wall of your home. These are two problems you definitely want to avoid. To do this, just make sure you’re trimming trees back around your home before Autumn. This type of blockage is usually caused by fallen leaves and cutting the trees back will resolve this issue.
Older roofs can cause a number of issues for the homeowner. The first thing you have to watch out for is Asbestos. Asbestos is a banned material that used to be a material for insulation in homes built up to the 80s. At that point, the material was found to be deadly when disturbed. But there are still houses to this day that have Asbestos in the roof. You may only discover this if your roof is damaged. If this happens, you should contact a roofing contractor immediately so that they can handle the issue safely. Another issue with older roofing is that it’s not as strong structurally. You may want to think about organising a complete renovation of your roof if this is the case.
You might want to get your roof inspected at least once a year. As I said, you won’t always notice issues, and it’s best to catch them early. That way, you’ll save on costs and any further problems down the line. You might have a small hole in your roof and decide to quickly patch it up yourself. But if it isn’t dealt with properly it could damage the structure of your roof and lead to a bigger issue. You should at least always get your roofing checked out after a period of bad weather. Even if it’s just a quick inspection by yourself or a member of your family.
Take this advice on board and you can guarantee there is always a good quality roof over your head.