Thinking of selling your house this spring? You’re more likely to attract buyers if the roof is well-maintained and doesn’t need any major repairs. Thankfully, this isn’t difficult to achieve if you know what to look for.
Here’s our quick guide to keeping your roof in cracking condition.
Inspect the exterior
Keen to avoid the cost of a roofing specialist? It’s perfectly possible to do the inspection yourself if you have an extension ladder, a safety harness and a breaking strain rope. Alternatively, you could view the roof through a pair of binoculars.
Start your inspection by looking for missing, loose or damaged tiles, then check that the top of the roof follows a straight line along the ridge. Sagging can indicate that your roof needs more stability, in which case extra rafters or struts can be fitted. However, if the sagging is caused by deep water damage, you may need to replace the roof.
Finally, check that the flashing around chimneys and roof vents isn’t loose or peeling away, as this could allow water to seep into your home.
Check for leaks
Inspecting your loft for signs of damage is the next step. Do this on a sunny day and you’ll be able to see sunlight coming through any broken or worn tiles. You should also look out for damp patches, leaks and signs of previous water damage.
Once you’ve done this, scour the rest of your walls and ceilings for circular stains, watermarks and blistering. If there’s a leak, you might even hear dripping sounds.
Skylights and vents that penetrate through the roof should also be inspected to ensure that sealant isn’t cracking or peeling away.
Because moss traps water, it can cause roofing materials to rot. It’s possible to brush away small amounts if you catch it early, but established moss requires treatment with a non-toxic product containing zinc sulphate.
To remove moss from your tiles, simply apply the product, wait for 20 minutes and brush the moss away. Don’t forget to check the small crevices in between the tiles to make sure that there’s no build-up of moss, as this can pull the tiles apart.
Clean your gutters
Clogged gutters can prevent water from flowing through to the downspout. If this happens, the water will soak into the roof and cause rotting, so we recommend cleaning your gutters regularly with a gutter brush.
It’s also worth checking your gutters for the sand-like granules that are used as a top coat for your tiles. Finding a significant amount of these granules could mean that your tiles are deteriorating.
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