Spring has sprung and it is time to check your roof!
Every year, about this time, many homeowners are out and around the house, spring cleaning. Whether its cleaning out the pantry, reorganising the linen cupboard or getting in to sort the garage. Either way, most homes are a buzz with activity, but one of the most overlooked items on the spring clean checklist is the trusty roof. When you think about how much work your roof actually does, it’s surprising we can sometimes forget it on the spring clean checklist, but this is the perfect time of year to check how your roof and roof systems are going.
Before you know it, summer will be here and that means summer storm season is coming. Once those storms hit, there could be hidden damage in your roof or gutters that you don’t know about until you have rain in the house. We have put together some quick tips on what to look for in your roof to make sure you cover yourself this coming storm season.
We have said this a few times, but all roof maintenance should start with clean gutters. Over winter, leaves, twigs and other debris would have fallen onto your roof and into the gutters. Over time, these materials break down and begin to decompose, if left uncleared, these decompositions can weaken the material of your roof, but also block the flow of water through your gutters. This will often result in large rivers of water pouring over your gutters when it rains. Worse still, the water can back up and any gaps in the gutter can assist in sending that water into your roof cavity and down the inside of your walls.
The best way to take action is to clean all the debris from your gutters and then grab the hose and send water down the pipe work. If you have a clear unobstructed network of guttering and downpipes, you should see the water flow freely through the gutters and out the downpipe. Otherwise, there is a blockage somewhere and this should be attended to by the professionals to prevent further breakages.
Roof Tiles or Sheets
Throughout the year all different kinds of materials have ended up on your roof. From bird droppings to leaves and algae. All of these can damage your roof surface including the protection coating on the surface. Your best option is to find out the appropriate cleaning method for your roof, a high-pressure cleaner is not always the best answer.
If you aren’t sure, call in the professionals, as improper cleaning can cause the surface of your roof to deteriorate faster and the protective coating can be stripped away.
Thinking of painting your roof?
It is a good idea to check your roof yearly for damage, more often if you live in areas prone to bushfires or other weather events that can cause catastrophic damage. You can get up on your roof, providing you remain safe to do so, and check the tiles, sheets, seals and joins, especially around skylights or ventilation. Check for wear or uneven colouring, and try to remove as much debris as possible.
If in doubt though, please call the experts in to check your roof for damage you may not even be able to see. Annual roof inspections by the expert team at Horizonline Roofing give you peace of mind knowing your roof is in tip top shape for whatever the Australian climate throws at it this storm season.
If you really want a new, clean start then perhaps a roof restoration is just what you’re looking for. Whether you have a tile roof or metal roof (or anything in between), we can help restore it.
We use the best quality products that provide durability and protection for years of performance against Adelaide’s harsh conditions. If you need an expert to take a look at your roof, contact us today for a regular roof check-up. Avoid costly mistakes and discover how Horizonline Roofing can help you and your home by getting in touch today. Call to speak to one of our friendly team on (08) 8380 5796, or you can fill in our contact form and we will be in touch shortly.