6 Ways to Keep Your Roof in Tip-Top Condition

roofingYour roof is one of the most important investments to make when building a new property, and though they typically have a long lifespan, the materials exposed to the elements can face damage throughout the year. Maintaining your roof is the simplest way to avoid expensive repair costs in the future.

Whether it’s summer, or the middle of winter, a bit of attention to the state of your roof can go a long way. The tips below can be actioned on any roof shape or design. Check out these top tips to keeping your roof in great condition all year round.

Keep gutters clean

One of the best ways to keep your roof in great condition is to maintain the gutters and drainpipes at all times. Autumn and winter can be especially damaging to neglected gutters, with leaves and debris quickly blocking them. A blocked gutter can cause water to back up and freeze in the winter, damaging the roof and the walls of your building. Hire a professional to clear the gutters to ensure no blockages occur throughout the year.

Hire a professional maintenance company

Cleaning and repairing a roof yourself can be dangerous, and can only lead to more costs later down the line if your roof suffers from further damage. Hiring a professional roof maintenance service is the safest and most effective way to keep your roof up to standard.

Prevent ice dams forming

This can happen when heat inside your home melts ice or snow on the roof, and causes it to run down to the edges. When it then refreezes, this creates a blockage that can cause leaks and damage to your interior walls. Keeping your attic cool and ventilated is the best way to prevent heat escaping out the roof.

Check the inside

Checking the inside of your roof via the loft is an important part of ensuring it’s in good condition. If the paint on your ceiling is raised or bubbling in areas, this could be a sign of water damage from your roof. Likewise, damp spots or dark or browning spots could be an indication that water if leaking through your roof.

Clean it

A clean roof will ensure any chance of damage is reduced. Moss and mould can be rife on the top of your roof, as it is often exposed to varying temperatures and moisture. Keeping your roof free of moss and any debris that falls onto it will reduce the likelihood of water being stored on the surface and causing damage to the structure. Always use a professional to ensure the job is done properly and safely.

Survey the surrounding area

One of the biggest causes of damage to your roof is surrounding structures and trees potentially falling on it. Be sure to trim back any trees on your property that have grown over the roof, eliminating the risk of a heavy branch falling on your roof and causing damage or blockages.


The Value Of A Good Roof

Whether you’re looking to sell your home, or simply want to relax in the knowledge that should you come to sell it, you’ll receive a fair price, there is one thing you should be focusing on; the roof.

The roof of your home is of the utmost importance; it protects the interior framework from the elements and, with effective insulation, is essential for locking in heat. If you are intending to sell a property, expect potential buyers to quiz you on the state of the roof; this will also be an area of your house which will receive particular attention from the surveyor. For this reason, it’s important that your roof is in tip top condition.

A few missing tiles can give the impression that a roof is in a sorry state and is often enough to dissuade buyers from pursuing a property further – even when there’s nothing wrong with the roof structurally. Ensure that all missing tiles are replaced, making sure that you replace them with as good a match as possible.

Companies like North East Roofing Supplies have a wide selection of roof tiles, designed for different styles of houses. It’s a good idea to find a supplier that offers this sort of range. After all, a Victorian property with traditional tiles is going look extremely bizarre if the roof is repaired with modern tiles that aren’t in keeping with the design; this the last thing you want when you’re trying to sell a property!

The same goes for your guttering. Repair any damaged gutters and replace any that are past saving. Though plastic is a popular choice, it’s worth thinking about alternative materials like metal or fibre glass; though they’re a little more expensive, their durability means that you won’t have to replace them as often.

Regular roof maintenance is essential, regardless of whether you’re planning on selling. This is always a relevant issue in the run up to winter, when the threat of bad weather puts extra pressure on you to make sure your roof can take the brunt of the elements. Take a look at our earlier post for preparing your home for winter.


How to Keep your Roof in Good Nick – Remember that Fascia Board!

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It’s all very well thinking home improvement revolves around giving cracked walls the odd lick of paint and mowing the lawn on occasion, but the truth is, ignoring such a vital component as the roof could have a detrimental effect on your house and lead to pesky leakage courtesy of the great British weather.

Perhaps one of the main reasons we’re so bad at keeping our roofs well-maintained is because, well, most of us simply forget about them. It’s often not until we find our houses damp or cracks emerging that we realise it’s high time to venture *up there* and take a look at the problem.

There’s no need to wait until it all goes a bit pete tong though, we’ve thought of a few ways to keep your roof in tip-top condition all year round.

  1.  Install UPVC fascia boards – It’s a common misconception to assume that a fascia board’s function is simply to enhance the appearance of your home, they actually play a crucial role in the protection of your roofline and interior from harmful weather damage.

Although important for the roof, you needn’t buy the most expensive fascia board in the shop; a cheap fascia board will be just as effective as and healthier for your roof than wood which will rot over time.

  1. Give your gutters TLC – From crisp packets to autumnal leaves, a blocked gutter can have a damaging effect on the home – hello damp problems! If you want to ensure your home doesn’t resemble an emerging swimming pool, then it’s a wise idea to conduct regular maintenance to keep those gutters squeaky clean and free of debris.
  1. Fix cracked tiles – It’s not unusual for tiles to become damaged over the years – adverse weather conditions, powerful winds and volatile storms can all contribute to cracked tiles which can run the risk of leakage or drafts from tile decay.

Although it can be tempting to try and tackle the problem yourself, unless you have relevant experience it’s best to avoid DIY and draft in the help of a professional for your own safety and to avoid further damage.

  1. Install Insulation – An uninsulated home can lead to a quarter of heat being lost through the roof – brrr! Insulating your loft can save you a considerable amount of money not to mention the promise that your home won’t resemble an igloo come winter time. In addition, loft insulation can last for up to 40 years, proving it’s an all-round worthwhile investment.
  1. Repair the Flashing – Flashing, otherwise known as weatherproofing is the prevention of water leakage into your home. In all likelihood, If you find that your home has developed a leak then the flashing could be damaged and need repairing, particularly after a weather storm or extreme rainfall.

Author Note: Speedy Plastics are a leading online plastics and resins supplier offering a range of home improvement products from fascia boards to dry verge. To find out more about the range of products Speedy Plastics have to offer visit the website or call 0844 8586 670 for specific enquiries.


Be Safe When You Are Maintaining Your Roof

Before you consider doing anything to your roof like sort out the shingles or clean the guttering you should make sure that you have your roof safety rules down! Even the simplest job can be hazardous to your safety when you are working that high up, even if it’s a one story property.

Even all you people out there who are experience D.I.Y-er’s should still do everything to ensure that you reduce the risk of ending up in hospital. So not only will you be in hospital you will still have a damaged roof.

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Wear the right shoes

This might seem like common sense, but it’s worth pointing out that you have to make sure you wear the proper shoes or boots. I would recommend anything with a great deal of grip on, preferably boots with rubber soles for that extra grip to make sure that you stay on the roof for longer than one step. You should make sure that the tread is there because the risk is too high, Excuse the pun!.

Clean it up

So you have the right foot-wear on. There is no way your falling of that roof unless you get pushed or you jump. So before you decide to actually do any maintenance to the roof you should make sure that you give the roof a good clean. Make sure you can clear all the built up dirt and different debris that is up there.

Wear a safety Harness

I think this is defiantly the most important. No doubt you will have people that will be reading this post thinking “my old shoes will be fine” or “I don’t need to clean my roof, its ok” but without the safety harness, as crude as it sounds I guarantee you are going to injure yourself. When those boots you’ve had for 20 years don’t grip and you slip, this harness will be there to stop you from falling. If you are only going to listen to one thing make sure it is this!

Use Gutter Guard

One way to keep your ladder safe and steady and to keep your gutters protected as you’re up on the roof is by using a gutter-guard. The gutter-guard basically consists of any scrap piece of wood or plywood that you fasten to the roof deck, put a notch in it, lean the ladder legs against the notch and tie in place

Have Toe Holds

“What are toe holds?” I hear you ask. Well my friend they are rather simple, they are literally 2 piece of wood. Preferably wood that won’t break with a bit of pressure. And when you have them nail them into the roof which in turn is another measure to prevent you slipping. As soon as you have finished with them just simply remove them. If I where you I would keep them for the next time, and save the money that may go towards the roof.

Tip Avoid Watery Roofs

Whenever there’s been on your roof (whether it’s rain, snow, ice, dew or the first frost of the year), just put your work on hold until the roof dries (or thaws, as the case may be). For this reason, do not undertake roof work in the winter, unless it’s an emergency.

Hillary Ealey is a new blogger with a keen interest in anything Home Improvements or D.I.Y. The services are brought to you by LEAFIELD PROJECTS


10 Stylish Roofing Designs

When it comes to keeping your home nice and dry, you can pay all your thanks to your roof. Without this part of your house you certainly wouldn’t be able to enjoy a waterproof home, but there’s a lot more to be said for your roof other than this.

You can do a lot with your roof to ensure it really makes your house stand out from the crowd. Your roof can stop your home from simply blending into the background, as there are some stunning roofing designs available out there.

If you’re looking for inspiration, take a look at our top 10 stylish roofing projects:

1)      Gable Roof

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The traditional gable roof is one of the most commonly-seen roofs. It features two identical sloping sides that meet in the centre of the building. When looking at this roof from the end of the house, it should appear as a perfectly symmetrical triangle. This symmetry is one of the reasons why it’s so popular.

2)      Cross Gabled Roof

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The cross-gabled roof is an example of just how versatile the traditional gable roof is. With this design you can insert two gables in alternating positions. This gives the building an interesting twist and can add to the aesthetics of the building, as windows can be inserted into the gables. The gables on a cross-gabled roof can be front-gabled (situated at the front of the property) or side-gabled (situated at the side).

3)      Mansard Roof

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This roof style is named after the French architect François Mansart, who revived the style. Mansard roofs had been used previously though, especially within French Renaissance architecture.

This design features steep sloping sections to the roof on all four sides, which then meet and form a ‘point’ at the top of the roof.

 

4)      Hip Roof

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The hip roof design is often seen on bungalows and cottages and is popular due to its simplistic design. Unlike gable roofs, it doesn’t need as much support and so can be cheaper to construct. On rectangular buildings, it consists of four gentle slopes on each side of the property.

 

5)      Pyramid Hip Roof

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The pyramid hip roof is a variant of the generic hip roof. This design is set on a square building and so has steeper sides, making it look similar to the shape of a pyramid.

6)      Cross Hipped Roof

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Cross hipped roofs have many benefits, most notably their resilience against hurricanes and strong winds, making them ideal for locations that often experience these weather types. A cross hpiped roof is similar to a cross gable roof, in that is has two intersecting ‘hips’ that split off from one another.

7)      Saltbox Roof

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The saltbox roof is an unusual roof style, mostly appearing on older wooden framed houses. This style of roof calls for the building to have two storeys at the front of the house and just one at the back, due to the roof’s construction.

It has a gable-style roof to the on one side of the property and, at on the other, a long, sloping roof that reaches down to the first storey. The asymmetry of this style makes it very distinctive.

8)      Gambrel Roof

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This roof is very similar to the Mansard roof, but has some differences. Properties with Gambrel roofs have two shallow-angled slopes followed by two steep slopes that meet the main section of the building. However, unlike the Mansard roof, it has two flat gable ends.

9)      Flat Roof

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The flat roof is one of the most efficient roof designs, as it means the most space can be used as possible within the top-most room within the house. Flat roofs can be found all over the world, including developed and undeveloped countries, and can be very aesthetically pleasing.

10)   Bonnet Roof

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Bonnet roofs are so called because they have sloping sides that can be used to provide cover for open-siding porches on the house. The style utilises many features of hipped roofs, having a traditional hip roof construction followed by four slopes on all sides of the house.

There are dozens of roof styles that you can choose between when having your roof remodelled or even built from scratch. Selecting the right one for your property can sometimes be difficult though, which is why you should always carefully think about the selection available.

This article was written by www.Myredlandroof.co.uk, a UK-based roofing specialist.


How To Keep Your Roof Protected From Potential Wind Damage

RoofingKeeping your roof is secure from potential damage from wind is very important to making sure that the rest of your house is safe. Roof can easily get damaged if they are not correctly maintained, however this can be a lot of effort and also be quite costly in repairing. Ensure that your roof is properly secured by  following our expert advice, with things that you might have missed.

Types of roof

The different types of roofing provide a specific type of protection. And thinking of this,  it is greatly advised that the roof tiles are the right ones to keep your house protected  from even the most vicious of winds to stop any expensive repairs from a London roofing company. Roofing materials such as asphalt are common roofing types that can handle high winds, but metal roofs are a bit more expensive and offer better wind protection. Roofing tiles are also a good option for reducing the risk of damage, but if they are not properly installed then loose tiles can cause damage not only to your roof but the area surrounding it.

Surrounding Nature

Any unstable trees that surround your property need to be properly assessed, especially the ones that are tall enough to cause damage to your roof and have fragile branches. If they can reach, then a strong wind could knock them over and potentially puncture a hole into your roof, causing some serious damage to your roof and this could lead to your attic or the interior of your property suffering because of it.

Heavy Rain

If the wind is accompanied by heavy rain then moisture can seep in through cracks or missing roof tiles. Patch up any work that needs doing before it’s too late and hire a professional if necessary. It’s worth paying a little to get your roof fixed before it causes more damage and potential harm to your home and family.

Safe and secure guttering is also a necessity to avoiding damage when a strong wind comes along with heavy rain. This is why it is worth checking the stability of your guttering when you are looking at the rest of your roof. The correct type of drainage allows the flow of water to be directed away from your home without building up onto your roof, so various water resistant materials will be more affordable in the long term as it will last for longer without needing unnecessary repairs.

Regular Checks

Regular checks around your roof and the guttering will put you in the best position possible to keep you safely protected from the worst of weathers. The small amount of time taken to properly maintain your roof will benefit you in the long term, so use the sunny days of summer as an excuse to get outside and check that your roof is properly prepared for the worst of weathers.

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