When preparing for the big wedding day it is easy to forget about the important day to day maintenance jobs. It is easy to do, as we found out the hard way when we had neglected a broken tile on our roof, that turned in to a huge leak, causing expensive damage and a costly repair job.
It is not often that we pay attention to our roof, especially when there are no problems with leaks or mould inside the house. We may just occasionally glance at the roof when coming or going from home. However, it is vitally important to regularly inspect your roof for any broken tiles or potential issues that could cause a greater problem if left alone.
The main advantage is cost; a small repair now will cost considerably less than a large repair later on. If a cracked tile is left because it is not causing any problems today could cost ten or twenty times the repair cost if water starts to get inside or other tiles nearby slip or break. For homeowners, a well maintained roof is important when it comes to selling your home and can keep the value on your house.
Inspecting your roof doesn’t need to be done that often, just twice a year. The best times to take a peek at it are in the spring and autumn. The inspection should be started in the loft by looking for warning signs that the roof has issues. The following things need to be looked for:
- Sagging from the roof
- Water marks indicating water damage or a leak
- Dark patches and lines
- Holes, which can be clearly identified by seeing the outside light through the roof
Once the inside is done it is time to venture outside and up on the roof. Please ensure you use an appropriate ladder that is long enough to reach to the roof and always have someone support the ladder while you climb up. There are a few things to look out for on the external side of the roof, including:
- Look for signs of damage to the flashing and lead work (typically found around the chimney breast)
- Check for damaged or missing tiles or shingle.
- In the case of a shingle roof, look for patches that are curling off or blistering.
- Check for rot and algae on the tiles, which is characterised as dark or green stains
- Check for loose debris around vents and chimneys
- Check the guttering is not cracked, broken or blocked
- Look out for signs of rot and mould