Britain has four seasons, and there’s nothing more beautiful than the changing weather, but with that comes with it some strong weather conditions, such as flooding, strong winds and snow. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to carry out summer roof maintenance so you’re prepared for when the summer months come to an end.
In this post we’re going to be covering some roof maintenance tips so you can take care of those niggling problems you’ve been putting off, so your roof is all ready for the coming winter season. Even in the summer the changing temperatures can create problems for your roof with cracks and warping and this can be especially problematic once the rains come.
Summer Roof Checks
Even during the summer then, it’s a good idea to check the roof at least once a month. If you don’t feel confident doing this, then it might be a good idea to hire a roofer, and it may prove safer as they know what they’re doing.
The law requires that active bird’s nests are protected until the young have left. Your roofer will be able to advise you on what to do if you do have birds’ nests on your roof, it may be the case that you’ll have to find a new nesting site if you close up certain parts of your roof where there are live nests. Wild birds are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Moss, Cracked Tiles or Shingles
Moss can collect on a roof and eventually cause leaks as the tiles become misaligned. It absorbs moisture and eventually causes roof decay. However, there are solutions to getting rid of it, one of these included blasting it off the roof using a pressure washer or removing it manually by hand. You can use a weed killer and you could also use it in areas where the roof has been affected in order to prevent it from forming again.
Tiles and Shingles
If shingles or tiles become loose then it’s important you replace them as soon as you can so your roof maintains its weatherproofing. Seal all cracks with cement or silicone until you can replace the whole thing, then replace it as soon as you can, don’t leave it.
Rust and Oxidation
There may be materials in your roof that are susceptible to rust and oxidation. Check carefully on a regular basis, it could be things like steel panels or components that are the culprit. Even small amounts of rust can cause problems with wet weather. Either you or a roofer should try using a rust remover sprayed over the rusted areas. Make sure that what you use is compatible with the rest of your roof so there’s no damage.
J Gordon Roofing & Roughcasting – Professional Roofers West Lothian
If you need someone to come and take a look at your roof, then one of our professional team will be more than happy to come round and take a look. We can carry out repairs, give advice and help you to maintain your roof all year round. Get in touch today.