When you first move into a new build home, everything feels shiny and new. That said, you should check for any snags and defaults around your property as you’ll still be under your builder’s warranty and should also be covered for structural issues with the NHBC (National House Building Council). When you’re inspecting your new home, it can be difficult to know what to look out for, especially in hard to reach areas such as your roof.
To make things simple, here are a few things you can check your roofing for.
Broken or Missing Tiles
From ground level, take a look at your roof covering. Are there any obvious signs of anything missing such as gaps in the slates or tiles, or ones which don’t look quite right? If there’s anything you’re unsure about, an expert roofer will be able to see the roofing area properly. They may also be able to tell you if anything has been left in your roofing area which shouldn’t be there such as chipped off tiles and building materials. These isn’t the type of debris you would want to leave on your roof as high winds can cause them to become a hazard for those below.
Take a look in your attic for a better feel of the condition of your new roof. Do you think there are any areas which may cause further issues? This could be gaps where animals or birds could come in or any areas of moisture which aren’t likely to be attributed to normal levels of condensation. New builds usually come with great instructions on how to ensure your home dries out to reduce settlement cracks and there may be a section on how your roof has been built to help condensation disperse in the roofing area.
Know Your Materials
Another check you should do is to make sure you have details of the materials used for your roofing. This can come in handy if you need any work completed to your roof, especially if replacing tiles. You should also have details of any guarantees for your home and roofing so that you can send any issues you have to the right bodies.
Schedule Regular Inspections
The trick to keeping on top of roofing issues is to prevent them from becoming serious by scheduling regular inspections. This is especially true for flat roofing which may require more maintenance. You should also check where your guttering is located and think about how often you should have them cleared. With elements such as wind and rain causing debris, leaves and moss to become trapped in your gutters, if you leave them to become blocked, it can cause leaks and overflow issues.
Want a professional inspection?
If you’ve just moved into a new build, but want an expert eye to take a look at your roof or give a second opinion on any issues, the South Thames Roofing team are here to help. We cover a wide area of Surrey and South London, including Balham, South Kensington and Chertsey. For a free, no obligation quotation, get in touch with our friendly team.