As the autumn leaves start to fall, the temptation is to batten down the hatches and put the exterior of your home to the back of your mind...
However, at Roofing Supplies UK, we would argue that autumn is the best time to start looking for any wear and tear on your roof surface, gutter pipes and chimneys, just as the weather begins to change. So to keep your roof and home in top condition, check out our essential roof maintenance tips for autumn!
Assess, Clean and Fix Gutters
Gutters are your roof's main drainage system, allowing rainwater to move quickly, safely and efficiently away from your home. However, when the autumn season comes around, your gutter tends to struggle under the pressure of falling leaves, branches and other debris that can lead to costly problems unless they are tended to.
Inspect For Roof Damage
- Clear Away Leaves and Debris: Get out your garden ladder and clear out all debris clogging up your gutters and downspouts- install a gutter guard to prevent problems from happening in the future. For more information, check out our blog: How To Protect Your Gutters From Leaves to work out what products you need.
- Reassess Your Gutter Placement: Properly installed gutters should be angled slightly towards the downspout to prevent issues with flow and drainage - you can test how well your runoff system is by spraying a garden hose - after you've cleaned out any debris - and visually assessing how quickly the water washes away.
- Check For Any Excessive Wear: Inspect for any holes, splits and general damage as well as signs of stress on fixtures. To test for wear and tear you can spray your gutter with a hose and check for any flaws in the gutter pipe which you can seal where needed.
As the weather gets colder and harsher, now is the time to start a proper roof inspection and maintenance routine that you may have overlooked during the more benign summer months. Make sure you do these three things before the winter wind and rain starts to pick up...
Check Your Attic For Problems
- Check for overall signs of damage: from cracked, disintegrating and missing shingle to loose, missing and damaged tiles, making sure you keep on top of any signs of weakness will prevent more costly repairs in the future and also prevent against this year's winter frosts from causing any more accumulative problems.
- Trim Back Overhanging Trees: Tall trees with branches sprawling over your roof can be a cause for concern when it comes to the last quarter of the year. Your first job should be to get up on the roof and remove any fallen branches and tend to the build up of twigs, leaves and other foliage that comes from the tree in question. Secondly, avoid any serious damage during storms by cutting back large swinging branches and saw off other heavy, rotting parts of the tree that could fall off and damage your roof.
- Inspect chimneys: Check for damaged chimney bricks, torn flashing, weakening joints and any other signs of corrosion - all of which can lead to leaks and far worse problems that can bring about the collapse of your chimney if left unattended.
Attics can be the secret to unlocking a lot of your more complex and obscure roof problems. Before the weather starts to turn, check for any discolouration, damp, mould, mildew stains and distortion of surfaces - all could indicate underlying damp problems as well as heat and ventilation issues present in your house.
Make A Note
Having a list to hand of various roof issues can help to ascertain whether you need to seek the skills of a professional - you'll find it far easier to compare quotes and work out if you can do some of the more minor jobs safely yourself as well as keeping track of the welfare of your house in general as the seasons go buy.