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Minimising Winter Roofline Damage
In winter, rooflines are not mentioned when talking about flooding and yet the storms we are experiencing at the moment can exacerbate small roofline problems and cause disaster when they become a major worry.
A watertight roofline protects your property but high winds and lashing rain quickly discovers small gaps or rotting woodwork and can destroy the protection the guttering, fascia boards, barge boards and soffits give to your home. Unfortunately, in winter, it is more difficult to keep an eye on the state of your roofline and you often only become aware of problems through damp or leaking ceilings. Then your roofline needs urgent attention, maybe even professional help.
Reducing Roofline Problems
The best time to take care of your roof is in the drier months when the days are longer. Yes, I know, that is obvious – but, if you are concerned about it now, here’s something to think about:
Water that is held in your gutters freezes when the temperature drops. This can add unsustainable weight to badly fitted gutters causing them to break away. I’ve known cast iron and asbestos gutters to literally fall off in huge lengths because of the additional weight. And, because water expands as it freezes, your guttering may even break up, especially if the guttering material is worn or brittle.
Keeping gutters clear of debris; leaves, silt, moss from tiles etc. allows the water to flow and escape down the drainage pipes.
When you have a dry day, check your guttering is clear. If your guttering is in good condition consider fitting a gutter guard to prevent debris accumulating and creating blockages.
I’m going to give you some obvious advice, but when thinking about what needs to be done to keep a roofline in good condition – especially in winter – it is easy to forget these simple safety tips:
If you are not used to working on ladders I would advise you to arrange professional help.
If you are comfortable with ladders, and intend to carry out any maintenance work yourself, be careful about how you go about it.
- NEVER place a ladder on a frozen, icy floor. Even if the ladder has a ‘non-slip’ surface on the feet it is unlikely to stay solidly in place.
- Do not attempt to clear ice by pouring warm or hot water over an area where you plan to place a ladder. I have seen warm water turn into ice within a couple of minutes when the temperatures are low.
- Be careful about what you are walking through before stepping onto a ladder. For example, snow can compact on the bottom of your shoes. As you climb the ladder it will transfer off your shoes onto the ladder rungs. If it ices over, it makes descending your ladder hazardous.
Checking the state of your roofline should be done before winter sets in and, if possible any work that is identified during winter should be delayed until later in the year if at all possible.
Eliminate Future Roofline Maintenance Chores
It is a good time to plan, in winter, roofline maintenance work that is needed in the spring. And you might want to consider if replacing your existing roofline is a better long term solution to avoid worry during future winter months and reduce long term costs.
If the idea of replacing your roofline to eliminate future maintenance work appeals to you simply request a free, no obligation survey and quote and find out how you could save up to £825 on your roofline replacement costs.