Prepare your roof for the summer
After an unseasonal blast of Arctic air, we’re finally settling into spring. After emerging into the garden for the first time in weeks, you’ll be able to see all the jobs that need doing. The lawn needs to be mowed, there are bricks to be repointed, and the guttering needs a clean. While you’re up there sorting out the roofline, be sure to have a look at your roof.
As we move from springtime towards the summer, your roof is taking on a new appearance. Organic material is growing, leaves are rotting, and small problems could soon become serious issues.
Prime Time For Plant Growth
Summer is the best time for having work done on your roof. Longer, lighter days make for a more productive project, which usually means we’ll be working on the house for less time. Obviously, warmer weather also helps, because we can get down to work quickly, without as many health and safety checks.
Moss and plants are a threat to any roof or chimney, and it’s a good idea to catch these as soon as the weather gets warmer. If you leave it past summer, and try to tackle the problem later in the year, you might find that the moss and weeds have multiplied. This increases the possibility that the plant could do serious damage to the fabric of the roof.
It’s wise to check your roof at regular intervals, and notify us immediately if you spot changes. Any damage could put your home at risk of flood damage over winter, and summer is the best time to put things right.
Don’t risk your health when inspecting your roof, but try to get a feel for any areas that look weakened or damaged. Check for loose tiles, rotting timber or gutters that have come away from the wall. Also check your chimney, since a leaning chimney could be a risk for your roof and for your family down on the ground.
Roofs get hammered by wind and rain in winter. It feels like an eternity away, but you should use the summer as an opportunity to get those niggly roofing jobs done.
Get your flat roof inspected, because any signs of damp could turn into a huge problem when the winter weather rolls in. All you need is a pin-prick hole, and you’ll soon have a wet, mouldy felt layer that will slowly seep water through to the other side.
Repairing a roof fault doesn’t have to cost a fortune. The key is to have time, and Mother Nature, on your site. Get your roof inspected in spring, and have faults rectified in good weather. Don’t let problems sit there for too long, and don’t put off jobs until the winter.
The team from South Thames Roofing would be pleased to visit your home and carry out a full roof survey now, in preparation for another harsh winter. Be smart and plan ahead to ensure your roof isn’t neglected, and any small flaws don’t lead to huge bills later.