What every roof needs this winter
Preparing your roof for the winter doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to undergo an entirely new installation. By carrying out the necessary checks yourself, or by hiring a professional contractor to do it for you, you’ll be able to pinpoint any potential flaws with your current roof and combat them before the stormy weather sets in.
Depending on the type of building you have, you may require insulation for the colder months. This is usually a good idea if you live in an old building or if your property has a flat roof as it means that there is no protection between you and the outside elements. If this is the case, your roof will be more prone to draughts, leaks, mould and other damage that could get worse throughout the winter. Insulation types include reflective foil, mineral wool and polystyrene. Having your roof properly insulated is also bound to save you money on energy costs.
Maintenance and repairs
If you’ve checked your roof for any issues and encountered that you do have a problem, you will need to get this fixed before the winter. (Of course, it’s best to give your roof a health check during good weather). Some of the most common roof problems include broken shingles and missing tiles. A lot of people will consider these issues minor and leave them to be fixed at a later date, but it means that your roof will be less able to withstand bad weather. This will result in higher repair costs and could be a potential hazard to you. Some repairs you may be able to do yourself, but others should be left in the hands of roofing Newcastle professionals.
Clear gutters and gutter guards
Clogged gutters can lead to large amounts of water pooling or mould forming which can ultimately cause exterior and interior damage to your property. As soon as you notice your gutters are sagging with debris, you might want to call a gutter company that offers cleaning services. Hiring professionals from a reputed gutter cleaning firm can ensure that your gutters are cleaned as soon as possible. In addition, the winter months will see more rain, so it is important to clear your gutters completely. You might then want to install gutter guards that will cover up your gutters to prevent the buildup of leaves and other debris.
If you’re anticipating a lot of snow throughout the winter, you may want to invest in snow guards, particularly if you have a sloped roof. A build-up of snow can damage your home and be a hazard to you and others so snow guards will collect snow on your roof until it melts and drains off as water. The guards prevent large snow slides which will ultimately occur when the snow begins to melt.
The roof of your property holds temperature, both hot and cold. This means that even if your heating is on full blast, you won’t feel the benefit as the roof is already cold inside. This will also attract moisture to your roof which can cause mould, something that is incredibly difficult to get rid of. In this case, it may be worth gradually heating your home in the months before it gets too cold.