Keeping your roof in top condition is very important. From keeping water and debris way to preventing pest infestations, the roof is one of the most important elements of your home. Many homeowners do not realise the importance of maintaining their roof and keeping it in top condition; however, waiting until there are major visible problems or issues can be very costly which is why it is crucial to regularly check your roof. Here are four ways to keep your roof in good condition.
Inspect your roof regularly
As a general rule of thumb, you should inspect your roof twice a year (or more if you feel the need). Good times to do this are in spring, so that you can inspect any damage that may have been caused over winter, and in autumn, so that you can check over your roof following the warmer months of summer. Inspect your roof from both the inside and the outside to ensure that you do not miss anything. Things to look out for include light shining in through your roof, damaged or missing roof tiles, leaks, rotting wood and pest damage.
Replace damaged shingles as soon as you spot them
Following regular inspections, if you do notice any missing or damaged roof shingles or tiles then you should aim to replace them as soon as possible. Replacing damaged or missing shingles straight away will prevent any water from leaking into your property which can lead to more serious issues such as moisture, pooling water or, worse still, damage to the entire woodwork of your roof. When replacing shingles you should always use the same type of shingle and the same nails.
Keep your roof clean
Maintaining your roof and keeping it clean will not only improve appearance but also ensure that it stays in good condition. Look out for moss on your roof and get rid of it as early as possible; moss holds water and therefore it is important that it is removed. If you spot moss early you should be able to easily sweep it off your roof, however, if it has been there a while, a heavier solution of water and chlorine bleach can be used to kill moss fast. While black algae does not look appealing, it will not actually harm your roof.
Maintain the gutters
Debris can easily clog your gutters, preventing water from flowing down to the downspouts. This can lead to a build up of water which can end up soaking and rotting parts of your roof – something you certainly want to avoid. To keep your gutters in good condition, inspect them regularly to ensure that they are still attached to your home and make sure that they are clear of leaves and other debris.
AJ Donald Slaters have been installing, maintaining and repairing roofs around Aberdeen for over 25 years. All of our high-quality work is offered at affordable prices, ensuring that your roof remains in the best condition possible without breaking the bank. From single ply roofing and flat roofs to slating and roof cleaning, we’ve got all of your roofing needs covered. For more information, visit our website.