Winter is well and truly here, and with high winds and heavy rain predicted to coincide with this year’s cold snap, if you’ve not done so already, it’s time to weatherproof your roof.
And if this is something that has never crossed your mind before, it could be time to check for any loose tiles or gaps in your roof that could lead to leaking, extensive water damage and massive repair bills, not to mention great inconvenience. It’s worth consulting professional roofing specialists like Peter’s Roofing, especially if you are inexperienced.
Counting the cost of water damage
If water gets in through the roof, this might not only cause damage to your personal property and possessions, it can damage paintwork, cause ceilings to collapse and even compromise the structure of the house, which can affect its sell-on value and even cause complications when it comes to getting it insured.
So whether your home is a brand new build or hundreds of years old, it’s vital you get it checked regularly – at least twice a year, ideally before and after winter – and fix any problems before they get out of hand and cause untold damage.
Looking at the guttering
The first thing you need to check is that your guttering is in place and free from any blockages – guttering draws the water away from the house and down to ground level so any breaks or blockages can lead to water getting into the brickwork and affecting the structure of the house.
The next thing to check are the roof tiles themselves, making sure that tiles are not only all in place, but securely fixed and sealed to the roof – paying particular attention to the tiles around the roof edge where wind and rain tend to do the most damage.
You could also consider using an insulator, which is a foam insulation that can be sprayed underneath your roof for an extra level of protection.
If any roof tiles or shingles are cracked, in a bad state of repair or missing completely, it’s vital you replace them immediately.
The metal used to seal joints around vents, chimneys and skylights is known as flashing, and if this is damaged water can get underneath and drip into your house. It’s estimated as many as 90% of leaks are down to dodgy flashing, so make sure yours is up to scratch.
A flat roof can be especially problematic as water doesn’t naturally flow down off it as with an apexed roof, making them especially susceptible to water damage. So be sure to check flat roofs even more regularly and if there are any areas that look compromised, get a professional to fix it immediately.
And remember, a well weatherproofed and insulated roof will not only help maintain the structure of your house but will stop heat escaping and save you money on energy bills – an especially important consideration at this time of year.