The winds are changing, so is the environment and the conditions around us. Weather, both normal and extreme is changing and not always for the better. Here in Australia, we already have some tough conditions and it only seems to be getting worse. Remember during summer, we see news stories where one part of our beautiful country is on fire, another is under water and a third has no power due to heatwaves knocking out power grids.
Winter is one of the best times to start looking at how you can prepare your home and roof for the extreme weather we usually face across summer. Be it cyclones, droughts, bushfires or just extreme temperatures; all of these events take a toll on your roof. So, we have put together a handy list of some of the things you can do now, to reduce your environmental impact and keep your family safe for the coming weather events.
Has your roof been inspected recently? Can’t remember? It’s time to break out the ladder and check the roof for cracks. These cracks whether big or small can cause some hefty damage to your home and further the damage to your roof. Intense rain, especially after searing temperatures can leave your roof exhausted and more susceptible to rust and other damage. So, it’s best to seal those cracks before the rain sets in.
Not quite comfortable on a ladder? Give the Horizonline team a call, we can come out and assess the damage if any; and we have our own equipment to ensure our team are safely inspecting your roof.
Gutters and Run Offs
You could have the world’s best roof, it will still succumb to fair wear and tear, being exposed constantly to the harsh weather is something that cannot be avoided, but you can help your roof out.
When it comes to heavy rain, making sure you have a clear and effective path for the water to drain away is key. If your gutters are blocked or your drainage is ineffective, it could lead to water pooling in your gutters and then seeping back into the roof cavity. This can cause all manner of damage to the internal wall structures and then you have more headaches. Not only is a clogged gutter dangerous in intense rain, its also a hazard during bushfire season. When it only takes one ember to catch, you want to remove all possible kindling from your gutters.
Its always a good idea to regularly clean out your gutters, either regularly or whenever you see them starting to overflow. This is especially important if you have a lot of trees around the property that like to drop leaves.
Keeping a well-maintained roof not only extends your life span of your roof, it helps to preserve it in times of extreme weather events. We recommend having your roof inspected for damage every six months. Having a professional inspect the roof for damage is the quickest and easiest way to maintain the roof system. It is also often cheaper than having to replace or restore at a later date.
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.