Remember the mantra that “prevention is better than cure” when it comes to personal health? Similarly, you really want to keep up with the maintenance of your roof in order to ward off the onset of issues that would potentially necessitate extensive and costly repair.
Here is a rundown of roof maintenance tasks you ought to especially undertake before the summer is out — as, when the weather worsens, so could the condition of your roof.
If these haven’t been checked for a while, dirt and debris could have accumulated in them and caused a blockage. Consequently, those gutters could even now be full with rainwater, which would be especially ironic, given that this is very much what they are meant to channel away.
Unfortunately, it’s also possible that you are a bit too late to check your gutters, and they have already been damaged as a result of weather-induced strain — in which case, you could…
If it turns out that you indeed need to replace any guttering currently attached to your property, heed that DIY Doctor has some advice for how guttering can be replaced effectively.
The site notes that, when removing cast iron gutters that have rotted, “you will need help since the lengths are heavy and it is not safe just to let it break apart and drop to the ground.”
You should also be careful when removing downpipes; for example, by wearing eye protection and gloves for the job.
Arrange a chimney safety check
Failing to have chimneys on your home regularly checked could risk a fire unexpectedly breaking out and damaging your property as a result. While summer really isn’t the only time of year you ought to have a professional assess your chimney, it is an especially convenient time.
The Bob Vila website advises: “Schedule some time each summer to have your chimney inspected so you can complete any required repairs before cool weather arrives in the fall.”
Seek chimney stack maintenance
While only certain areas of a chimney stack call for maintenance, any of this work that does happen must follow a number of health and safety guidelines.
If you are unsure whether the brickwork pointing and flashings of any chimney stacks on your home need attention, you could Google “local roofers near me”.
You might be able to find a roofing firm offering to not only inspect your chimney stacks for free but also, if any of these stacks need repairing or even completely replacing, do this work for you.
Book a roof health check
You could find that this is available for free from a local roofing business. Roofers from its team may also be happy to complete any repair work your roof is found to require.
You should act to get this work scheduled as soon as possible — as, otherwise, the tough post-summer weather could throw the state of your roof into even further disarray. Small jobs undertaken early on can help to prevent the necessity of larger jobs later on.