The summer is a great time for doing all those garden chores that just weren’t possible during the winter. But that shouldn’t mean you can forget about your roof. Whilst it’s always great to hire an expert roofer, whether you’re in Cardiff or Carlisle, there are some things you can get on with yourself. Below we’ve picked five of the best projects that will have your roof looking clean and tidy, and also make sure it’s in great condition for the years to come. If you are looking for expert roofers in Cardiff then look no further and get in touch with our team today.
Inspect your roof
Whilst it’s best to call in a professional to give your roof an inspection every few years, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it yourself at the beginning of summer. There are certain things you should look out for during a roofing inspection.
- Cracked, curled, missing or slipped tiles and slates
- Debris and leaves, moss and footballs
- Old nails and anything protruding from your roof
- Chimney quality, especially the brickwork and pots
- Blockages in the gutters
- Creeping damp coming through the roof
- Pooling water
This small inspection will give you a great insight into how your roof has held up over the winter, and whether you can make any changes or if you need to bring a professional roofing contractor to fix any safety issues
Replace your shingles
Winter can be hard on our roofs, and now more so than the shingles and tiles. If your roof is a little older, then it’s a great idea to replace any cracked, peeling or slipping shingles. It’s easy to get the shingles off your roof. With the flat end of a crow-bar, slip it under the shingle and lean on it until the roofing nails pop out. Do this again for the shingle above it, but leave it flapping. Once both are free, merely slide the new shingle in, grab some nails and hammer them in.
Clean your gutters
Speaking in general terms, you should make a point of cleaning your gutters at least twice a year. Depending on what sort of foliage you have near your home (such as pine trees), you may want to clean once every three months. It’s a fairly easy job, and with summer coming you’ll be pleased you did it. Make sure you spread something on the ground beneath the gutter you’re cleaning to catch whatever you find in there, then using a small plastic scoop – a child’s beach shovel or a cat litter one works great – start unclogging them. Once they are clear, use the garden hose to run some water through them. This will flag up any leaks which you can either patch yourself or get a roofer in to fix.
Check for debris
Whilst you may think that the occasional twig and leaf on your roof is fine, it’s still best to get them cleaned up. This is because they are perfect materials for nesting creatures, and as much as you think your home is the perfect place to raise a family, offering small animals that option is probably not what you want. Using a hard broom, sweep the visible debris off the roof, and dispose of it when back at ground level. Leaves can go in the compost, and twigs and branches should be able to be collected by the bin men, providing you have your green bin.
Call in the experts for a roof inspection
If getting up on the roof isn’t something that you feel comfortable doing yourself, or you don’t have the right equipment, then call in the experts. Any good roofing company will be able to come to your home and give your roof a good once over, letting you know if there are any urgent issues that might need to rectifying
With summer nearly here we hope that these tips will make your roof the envy of your neighbours. And remember, if in doubt, call in the experts at Precision Roofing.