Experience has shown us that the worst has yet to come in terms of winter weather. Even though Christmas and New Year’s Eve have been and gone, and most places in the UK have already had at least one snow day, we’re not going to be lulled into a false sense of security – we know that February and March can bring some pretty icy weather! So, with this in mind, we have put together a checklist of jobs that you can do to winterise your roof to ensure your home is as warm, dry and energy-efficient as possible over the chilly months.
Insulate your loft
On average, about 25 per cent of the heat lost in an uninsulated home is lost through the roof. As such, it is important to have good loft insulation in place to keep that crucial heat locked in. If your insulation is not up to standard, you could be losing heat unnecessarily.
Ventilate your loft
Good ventilation within the roof is important for preventing damp, which can be caused when the cold winter air meets the warm air of the property, forming water particles that sit on your walls and ceilings. If you have damp patches on your ceilings, a roofing expert can help you determine how to rectify your roof’s ventilation to stop moisture collecting.
Fix any broken tiles
A broken tile may not look like a big problem, but it can turn into an issue. The tiles are there to protect your roof from the elements and, if one or more are broken, then that part of your roof is exposed. If the waterproof membrane underneath the tiles has torn or been damaged, then water will be able to get into the roofing structure and potentially cause issues with damp. Of course, this is a worst-case scenario, but it is always best to get the odd broken tile seen to so that you know your roof is as protected as possible from the rain.
Clean away unwanted plant life
Moss and algae should be cleared away from your roof and guttering. They can grow into the cracks between your roofing tiles and lift them, meaning that moisture can get in. If there are plants in your guttering, this can cause it to become blocked and inefficient.
Here at South Thames Roofing, we can help you winterise your roof for your property in Belgravia, Burgh Heath, Byfleet or another area of Surrey or South London. Contact us today to find out more and to receive a free, no-obligation quotation for your roofing project.