Leafs and debris in your gutters
The first rains have arrived at last! However, you should have inspected and maintained your gutters and roof by the end of winter. But, if you haven’t, you better do so now! They may be clogged with leaves, debris and dust.
The flow of rainwater in the gutters and the downpipes may be blocked or restricted. They will overflow!
Your roof structure is or will be damaged!
Gather up your ladder, a plastic bag, your hosepipe and get busy. If you don’t, the timbers supporting your gutters may soon look like this!
If your roof does not have gutters installed, the roof structure probably has damage to the foot of the roof trusses. Check under the eaves of the roof for moisture damage before it’s too late.
Consider installing gutters before the roof timbers rot and fail. If they have rotted the repairs will be extensive and expensive!
Check your roof
Cut back trees and branches that deposit leaves and dead wood on the roof. Remove any debris from your roof. They prevent the free flow of rainwater off the roof! Roof tiles and roof sheeting are not 100% waterproof. They are designed to be water-shedding systems rather than waterproofing systems.
Check your tiled roof while you’re up cleaning your gutters! Check for broken or cracked roof tiles, dislodged tiles and cracked mortar on the ridges and hips.
Foot traffic easily damages the tiles on your roof. If you walk on your tiled roof you will probably cause some damage. Also, consider the safety aspect! A fall from your roof can result in serious injuries and even death. Rather have a roofing specialist perform any repairs that are required.
Metal roofs expand during the day and contact at night year in and year out. Roof screws and sealing washers loosen as a result. At least once per year you need to check the roof screws and reset if necessary. In addition, check the washers. Either seal or replace the damaged washers.
Climatic conditions and pollution reduces the life of metal roofs, particularly those close to industrial areas. Leaves and other debris retain the moisture which, in time, cause the protective zinc coating on roof sheeting to corrode.
Once corrosion of the zinc coating occurs special precautions have to be taken to prevent further corrosion. This can be coated with cold galvanising or special roof paint. Don’t try it yourself, rather leave it the preparation and coating for the specialists!
Maintain your roof and gutters
Keep your gutters and roof clean as you would the inside of your house.
If you don’t look after your roof, it won’t look after you!