Protect Your Home with These 10 Roof Maintenance Tips

Roof maintenance is very important to protect the exterior and interior of your home. Day to day, your roof may not be in the forefront of your mind when it comes to your list of household jobs to do on the weekends, but it should be. 

Here are 10 of the top maintenance tips you can undertake to ensure your roof and the rest of your property remain safe and watertight for years to come.

10 Roof Maintenance Tips

1.    Keep Surrounding Trees Trimmed

A common issue with roofs and gutters is caused by leaves and other debris from surrounding trees causing blockages. Maintaining the trees and tall shrubs that overhang your property will help minimise blockages. 

If you need some assistance, it is recommended that you enlist a friend or a garden maintenance professional to carry out this task safely.

2.    Clean Out The Gutters

Ideally, your gutters and downpipes should be cleaned every 6 to 12 months, depending on your property surroundings. Keeping on top of this task not only helps prevent blockages, but if debris is left to build up it can cause rusting or water build up. If water builds up it can flow back into the roof cavity and damage your ceiling. 

Using a roof specialist to clean your gutters and downpipes is an affordable option and is therefore a good choice, especially if you have a multi-storey home or hard to reach areas.

3.    Check For Leaks And Water Damage

There are a lot of reasons for water leakage and water damage. The most common are blocked gutters or downpipes, or cracks in the cement work on a tiled roof. Rusted roof sheets or broken roof tiles will also allow water in.

Contact a roof specialist to come and inspect the extent of any damage as soon as possible as these types of repairs are quite urgent. Tiled roofs can have the bedding and/or pointing repaired, and any broken tiles can be replaced. For metal roofs, silicone is often used to block up any small holes, however if the sheets are old and rusting it may be advised to replace them with new sheets such as Colorbond.

4.    Check Roof Flashings

Flashings are installed on a roof where a join needs to be sealed, such as around chimneys, skylights and around the edge of metal roofs. They are also used on multi-storey homes where a bottom storey meets the next level up. Flashings redirect water away from these joins. Regularly check them for any leaks and arrange repairs or replacement if needed.

5.    Check For Pest Damage

Holes and rotten timber around your roof, particularly in the eaves or fascias, are an easy way for birds, rodents and even possums to get into the roof. Pests in your home can become extremely troublesome, causing extensive destruction to insulation and wires in walls and the roof cavity. If bare wires are exposed, then they become a fire hazard.

6.    Look For Lichen Or Moss

If you can see any moss or lichen growing on your roof, it is likely a sign of moisture as they grow where there is moisture and warmth. These growths can easily be removed with a high-pressure hose, but it is advised to contact a roof specialist to do this to ensure the roof is not damaged.

7.    Look For Water Droplets

Water droplets are most commonly noticed on gutters and eaves, and also inside on the ceiling plaster and is something to deal with promptly. They are a sign of moisture being where it shouldn’t be, and the affected areas should be inspected by an expert to prevent any further damage to your property.

8.    Inspect Your Roof After Wild Weather

Strong winds, storms and hail can cause all sorts of damage to your roof. Excess debris including large branches, broken roof tiles, damage to ridge capping and lifted roof sheets may be evident. It is important to see to this urgently to prevent further damage in the roof cavity and possibly your home’s interior.

9.    Install Roof Insulation

Insulation in the roof adds a layer of protection to your ceiling in the case of any water leaks. Not only is insulation incredibly beneficial for the thermal effectiveness in the heating and cooling of your home, but it can act as a barrier and slow down the damage that water leaks could do.

10.   Select a Reputable Roofing Business

Maintenance and repairs to your roof is not something you want to take potluck with, so research roofing specialists in your area and choose a company you can be confident using. Check reviews and their previous work, and keep in mind that a trustworthy and experienced tradesperson will be able to fix any issue you are experiencing.

The team at Roof Guard have an exceptional history of the highest quality work and customer service. Give them a call to discuss your roofing needs or to obtain a very reasonable quote – you won’t be disappointed.