Spring is here, and your roof best be prepared for the change in the weather. Your roof likely took some heavy beating during the winter months, and thus you need to guarantee your roof is in tiptop condition for the spring. To keep you and your family safe, your Croydon and Surrey roofers share with you these handy roof maintenance tips for the warmer weather.
Inspect your roof
Evaluating the condition of your roof and its additional features is the best way to get it ready for spring. Pay attention to curling, bubbling, as deteriorated shingles, as these are prone to breaking off in the face of strong winds. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2mnMHMr
Though snow blizzards are quite rare in the U.K., the potential exists with climate change for such conditions to occur more frequently. As a business owner, you may wonder about the effects that such extreme weather conditions can have on your flat roof. Flat roofs have their own set of advantages, but they may suffer during winter months. It is therefore important for you to be prepared for such conditions to prevent potentially significant damage to your business and its assets.
Repeated snow falls are a flat roof’s greatest enemy. In such cases, there won’t be sufficient time for snow to melt, and this means snow will keep accumulating until it exceeds the design capability of the roof. And if snow is followed by rainy weather, the snow will only absorb all that moisture, further exacerbating the risks that your flat roof may face. Read more from this blog http://bit.ly/2kBsDSw
Many Surrey homeowners gravitate toward pitched roofing. Simple yet elegant, the roof style has managed to survive several thousand years, and though designs have evolved considerably over time, the principles of its construction are still practically the same. That said, they remain at great risk of buckling under heavy snow and ice accumulations, particularly those of the low-slope variety.
It’s not unusual for homes in Surrey to have several inches of snow on a roof in the winter. Thus, roofs in the area need to be strong enough to handle the extra weight that snow adds to the structure. In addition, a roof must be able to prevent ice dams, sliding snow, and too much icicles. The easiest and most sensible way to achieve these is to keep the roof as basic as possible. This means keeping additional roof features such as valleys, dormers, crickets, and mechanical roof penetrations such as vents and skylights to a minimum. Read more from this blog http://bit.ly/2kBsDSw
A flat roof can make a Surrey or Croydon home or commercial establishment look ultra-modern, but along with the aesthetical advantage comes a list of special considerations, especially during winter. While most flat roofs actually have a slight pitch, they can still collect more rain and snow than traditional roofs. This makes them a safety liability whenever the temperature drops. Below is a list of the damages that a harsh winter season can deal to a flat roof:
Snow can accumulate on your flat roof, and this can put a lot of unwanted weight on the structure. This excessive downward pressure can cause the roof to bow, which can lead to ponding under the roof structure. Ponding not only causes wear and tear on the roof materials-it can also hamper the smooth operation of the HVAC and other electrical systems.
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Surrey and Croyden see more than their fair share of precipitation throughout the course of a year. Naturally, the elements can take its toll on your roof and expose your home to the damaging effects of water. This is why experienced roofers often tell home owners to check the condition of their roofs at least twice a year: before summer and before winter.
For safety reasons, it’s best to use a pair of binoculars when inspecting your roof. This should prevent any fall accidents from occurring. Similarly, starting from the inside of your home would be the best place to start looking for any signs of damage:
Streaks of Sunlight in the Attic
Once you’re in your attic, try to see if there are any streaks of light coming through from the ceiling. The presence of these streaks is a quick indicator that your roof tiles have been breached, allowing any water that hits your roof to enter your home.
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It sometimes seems like the 25-year guarantee given for your asphalt shingle roof has been shortened to just 15 because of its rapid discolouration. Well, you are not the only one with that problem as thousands of other homeowners are facing a similar challenge.
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When preparing for the winter season, it’s important that you also make sure to check up on your roof. Unfortunately, because it’s left ignored for the most part of the rest of the year, it usually comes with high repair costs from roofs caving in, damaged shingles, or leaks. If these are not taken care of before winter comes, the damages could worsen and cause even more problems to your house.
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