Summer is here and so are the longer, warmer days. You’re likely feeling more like getting out and completing tasks around the house.
Your roof is one of the most important parts of your house, so keeping it in the best shape possible during the summer months could help you save money in the long run, especially in repairs bills.
Here at The Roofing Company Bristol, we have collated our top summer roof maintenance tips into a handy guide, so you can ensure your roof is kept in the best condition.
Take Time To Inspect The Roof
Wind and rain over the winter can do a lot of damage to your roof, so whilst the weather is good in the summer, it is important to get your roof inspected by a professional. A professional will know of any potential problems to look for, to what extent your roof is damaged and how long it’ll be until it needs to be either replaced or repaired.
Missing tiles or curled roofing fabrics are easy to spot, but other problems such as damaged flashed aren’t as easily picked out. A professional will also be able to check the eaves, mortar and even your chimney to make sure your roof will survive through the oncoming winter periods.
Check the Flashing
Flashing is used on your roof to direct water away. It’s typically made from aluminium, plastic or composite and needs to be properly sealed to prevent water from entering your home. If you believe the flashing in your home is damaged, then it’s vital to get in touch with a professional.
Clean the Gutters
Many homeowners will agree that gutters can be an almost never-ending source of frustration all year round. They fill with leaves and plants grow in them. To prevent clogging and structural damage, you should clean your gutters out at least twice a year. A professional will be able to quickly clear your gutter of debris that can block water flow, and inspect for any loose bolts and damaged guttering.
Make any Repairs
Summer can be the best time to make repairs to your roof. For one, the longer days and brighter weather can help make even the smallest problems visible, so they can be fixed before they become dangerous, expensive or even both. If you are choosing to work with a roofing contractor, longer daylight hours means they can work on your property for longer each day – minimising cost and disruption.
Completing roof work during the summer will also help conserve energy as opposed to working in the winter. Working on your roof during the winter can make the whole of your house extremely cold. So, working during the warmer weather won’t have you turning up your heating.
Check for Proper Ventilation
If your attic doesn’t have the proper ventilation you need, it’ll quickly become overheated in the summer and condensation will build up in the winter. This condensation can, in turn, produce mould and mildew, and an overheated attic can increase the amount you pay on your energy bills. It’s especially important to check if your home is over ten years old, as chances are, your attic is not at all properly ventilated.
If you’ve noticed any of these issues, and you’re looking for a reputable roofing company to help you maintain your roof this summer, make sure to get in touch with us here at The Roofing Company Bristol Ltd on 01174 055 158. A member of our expert team will be able to answer any questions you may have and discuss the task at hand. We can even provide you with a free quote on our wide range of roofing services throughout Bristol.
Jack McGivern works for Roofing Company Bristol Ltd as a marketing specialist