As far as roof maintenance goes, it’s hard to get motivated to do anything except essential roof repairs over winter. Now we’re moving into the Spring and Summer seasons and the worst of the winter rain is moving on, it’s time to get outside and catch up on your property’s roof maintenance.
Just to help you out, we’ve put together a Quick Check List.
- Check for storm damage that could allow for leakage
Melbourne’s winter storms can pour litres upon litres of rainwater onto your roof, which can cause untold damage. There are two areas of your roofing which need to be checked to see if they require roof maintenance;
- Your roof’s ‘field’ (the outward face of the roof – Tiles, metal, slate)
- The flashings and valleys (mortar and metal which cover the joins between the roof’s field and chimney, guttering, etc.)
The field is usually pretty easy to check; it’s relatively simple to spot misplaced metal roofing, and dislodged or worn tiles.
Flashing and valleys also need to be checked for their integrity and to make sure they are solidly fixed.
An easy sign to look for is discolouration or an uneven surface of your inside ceilings, they often indicate water pooling from a damaged roof.
Another easy way to carry out your roof inspection is to look at the guttering simply by walking around it. However, a complete inspection requires a competent DIYer or professional to climb up onto the roof. Read our blog Ladder Use For Dummies before even considering to climb up and carry out roof maintenance, and never go up a ladder once you’re over 50. Roof inspections and repairs are best left to professionals.
If signs of a water seepage problem are found, it’s a good idea to check with your home insurance and see if you are covered for a full restoration or roof replacement.
Common roof maintenance issues which are found with guttering include:
- Areas of rust – which need to be sanded back, primed and repainted
- Loose guttering and downpipes – re-fixing the guttering and downpipes, and in some cases gutter mounts can be required. **If the guttering is too damaged a full guttering restoration might be required.
Roof maintenance should always include:
- Removing any debris which has collected
- Cleaning out gutters and downpipes
- Inspections for pests or algae on guttering and downpipes which could indicate water seepage
- Checking the outlets of downpipes for water pooling which could mean the they are clogged.
Roof maintenance isn’t amazingly tricky for any roof professionals or a competent home maintenance person, and it needs to be carried out at least every Spring and every Autumn. If roof maintenance isn’t done, small problems can quickly grow into a full roof replacement or guttering replacements.
If you are looking for a professional full roof restoration or replacement to solve your roofing problems, take advantage of Strong Life Roof and Guttering’s 18 months interest free finance our senior’s discount, or our obligation free inspection.
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This blog is general in nature and is ONLY meant to give readers an overview of the subject matter. Do NOT rely on this information for your specific needs. If you are seeking Tile or Colorbond roofing and guttering replacement or restoration advice we highly recommend that arrange for our professional representative to visit your premises to advise on your SPECIFIC requirements. Pic Bernhard_Stareck