One of the nicest things about this time of year is being able to take comfort in having a roof over our heads. But how often do you inspect that roof? We bet that for a lot of you out there, it won’t be very often. If we’re being honest, you’re supposed to check your roof for any damage at least once a year and more than that if there’s been a recent bad bout of weather. If you keep leaving the roof to its own devices, then you’re in danger of not being able to catch any damage before it is too late. That’s why today’s blog is devoted to how you can check your roof to make sure that all is well up there. For many of these checks, you won’t even have to get up on the roof itself, as all you need is yourself and maybe a pair of binoculars. There’s really no excuse!
One of the first things to do when examining your roof, is to make sure that you check the interior. If any problems have spread to the interior of your home, then these are the ones that you need to get sorted out first. Look out for any water marks or dark patches on the ceiling. Be aware of any black mould which could have been caused due to lack of ventilation.
The next thing you should be looking at is the flashings. For those of you who don’t know, these are the metal finishings that are located around the parts of the roof that aren’t part of the flat surface, such as the pipes and chimney. These are needed to ensure that any water can’t get through these gaps, so it’s vital that they’re fully intact. After all, you don’t want damp or rot causing any havoc! Watch out for any signs of cracks or rusting. If you notice that there are any issues with the flashing, get it replaced immediately. If you’re not sure how to do it yourself, then get in contact with a professional to come and sort it out.
You also need to make sure that you examine the roof shingles or tiles. Look out for any that seem to be missing or any that look damaged. In particular, look out for any that are curling- this is a sign that roof is not properly ventilated. You need to make sure that the granules that coat the shingles are still there- if you notice that there seems to be a lot of granules in the gutter, then it could mean that something is wrong.
Don’t forget to examine your gutters. They can get clogged up with all sorts of rubbish, so make sure that they’re cleared out of any debris so that they can do their job efficiently. You also need to look out for any signs of rotting in them.
The last thing to check is the chimney. Does it have any cracks in its structure? Is the chimney cap on securely? Note that to do a proper inspection of the chimney, you will need to actually get up onto the roof itself. If you’re not confident in doing this, then call in a professional.
Hopefully this has helped to clear things up a bit! Remember, the sooner you locate any issues, the sooner something can be done about them.