Summer is a the ideal to pop outside and look up at your roof to check for any damage or wear and tear that could be in need of repair. You don’t need to be an expert to check for the basics and you don’t need to climb any ladders or put yourself in any danger whatsoever. A quick ground-based roof inspection should highlight any issues now before they become major headaches in the future.
Here are just a few common indicators that your roof would benefit from some summertime TLC to keep it in good condition for when the weather takes a turn for the worse.
1. Missing or misaligned tiles
Run your eye slowly across every roof tile. Take your time to do a thorough check. In this pass we are looking for cracked, misaligned or completely missing tiles. If you find any of these problems it is essential that you call in a professional for remedial work. If water can get through your roof you are in danger of having serious problems with damp in the loft or rotting roof supports, so there is no benefit in delaying.
2. Sagging Roof Line
Our next check is to look at the ridge line. Is it straight or sagging? All roofing sags over time, but is it sagging more than the neighbours or is it sagging too severely? You may want to take a photo and send that to a roofing specialist. They can quickly tell you if you are being over cautious or if the sag warrants further investigation.
3. Chimney Check
Check both the bricks and pointing of your chimney stack. A pair of binoculars will allow you to get a good close-up view without ever leaving the safety of the ground floor. It is particularly important to check the chimney regularly if the chimney is actually in use, attached to an open fireplace or stove. Even if your chimney is not in use, an annual visual inspection is a very good idea as many of the problems of water ingress seem to start close to the chimney stack.
4. Lumps and Bumps
Roofs should be uniform surfaces, so strange lumps and bumps should not be ignored. If they have been there for decades they may not be a problem, but if you notice new lumps and bumps you really should consider a specialist roofing survey. That might sound worrying but it really isn’t. It is just the name for getting a professional who knows about roofs to take a good look at your roof for you.
5. Check your Guttering
Most people imagine that checking guttering means climbing a ladder. We would not advise anyone other than trained professionals to do this. However, from the ground, once again your binoculars can be of real assistance in checking gutters. You can sometimes see large blockages of leaves sticking out over the lip of the gutter. It is also a good idea to look at each of the brackets that support the guttering. If any of these have come loose you will want to get them fixed before the whole thing comes crashing down.
6. Uneven Colour
An uneven colour is not necessarily a cause for alarm. However, if you do see discolouration in sections of your roof you should consider why that might be?
7. Overhanging Trees
If you have mature trees very close to your property do check that branches or falling leaves are not damaging the roofing or guttering. A tree surgeon can safely cut back any potential problems to ensure both the tree and house enjoy a long healthy lifespan.
8. Damp smells coming from the attic
Our eighth test is to go back indoors to do a quick interior check to see whether there are any strange noises or smells coming from the attic or loft space. Strange smells are a sign that something may be amiss. If pigeons get into the loft, you do need to get a professional to check whether they are doing any damage to your property. Damp is harder to spot than wildlife, but can do just as much harm to the fabric of your home.
When to seek specialist help
Taking the time each summer to give your roof the once over with these eight checks is a great habit to get in to. By checking the state of your roof in the summer months you can ensure you keep your home watertight, safe and snug, ready for when the punishing winter weather eventually returns.
If you do find that your roof is in need of repair, then calling in a specialist roofing contractor is your next step. Keay Roofing Services carry out local roof repairs and inspections for homes across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, North & North West London, West London, South & South West London, South Hertfordshire, South Oxfordshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire and North Surrey.
Please give us a call to discuss any issues you may have found on 01753 358267.