With the Autumn months just around the corner bringing falling leaves and excess waste, you may want to consider preparing your roof for the colder, wetter months.
In this blog, we aim to explore the best ways to get your roof top Autumn and Winter ready, and how it can benefit you in the long run.
Why do I need to prepare my roof for Autumn and Winter?
It may seem strange to consider a roof may need maintenance before the winter months, particularly as it is something you may not have considered until now. The changing of seasons bring with it changes in temperature as well as other environmental factors such as changes in behaviour of animals and vegetation.
Here are just some of the things that pose a risk to a roof during the Autumn and Winter months:
Falling Leaves – As the weather turns, as do the leaves begin to change and fall, often landing on rooftops and collecting in gutters and downpipes, causing them to clog and overflow.
Freezing Temperatures – As water freezes in the winter, it causes the water to expand. Any areas on your roof that risk collecting excess water, risk freezing and expanding causing further damage to your roof. Areas that collect water can include blocked gutters and downpipes that when the water freezes can become warped beyond repair, mossy tiles that can crack and break as the trapped water in the moss expands on the tile, as well as pools of water trapped on a flat roof freezing and expanding to further damage the flat roof and increasing the size of the pool.
Abandoned nests – Abandoned bird nests can cause blockages on a roof, preventing ventilation or even trapping water which can cause damage to your roof. As birds are leaving their nests, now is the time to consider removing once you can guarantee no birds are living in them.
How can I prepare my roof for winter
Remove Moss from tiles where possible – Moss can grow anywhere that is damp and shaded, making rooftops and gutters the perfect place to live. When moss grows on a rooftop it can cause damage to the tiles or slates by both holding water, causing roofing materials to rot, or even causing trapped water to freeze and expand, damaging the tiles or slates, making them move, slip or even crack. Its important to remove the moss where possible without further damaging the tiles. Read our blog on the best way to remove moss from your roof.
Clear gutters and down-pipes – When a gutter and down-pipe becomes blocked the rainwater can no longer drain properly from the rooftop, causing water to overflow and even re-route, which may cause interior as well as exterior damage to a home. It is important to have gutters and down-pipes regularly cleared by a professional to prevent blockages.
Ensure good roof ventilation – It’s important to remember that a roof need plenty of ventilation. With a restricted airflow, when the heating is switched back on, a roof can begin to sweat. Make sure your roof ventilation is clear and plenty of space has been given around your roof insulation to allow your roof to breath.
Remove abandoned bird nests – To ensure birds to not return to your roof top the following year, consider removing the old nests that are no longer being occupied by birds, and provide alternative homes around your garden with the use of bird houses. This may include bird nests inside roof eaves as well as inside chimneys.
Install a gutter guard or hedgehog in your gutters – Although gutter guards and hedgehogs do not completely prevent blockages in your gutters, they can prevent major clogs in your gutters from larger items getting stuck, which will reduce the requirement to clear the gutters frequently.
Call the professionals!
Need help getting your roof prepared for the winter months? Kidderminster Roofing Contracts ltd can help, with a free, no obligation quotation for any roof concern you have.