Top 5 tips for keeping your roof in tip-top shape
Do you ever look at your roof and think ‘that needs a tidy up’ well if you do, here are some tips for making sure that your roof and sky pod are in the best condition possible. If you’re not asking yourself that question, then you probably should be and follow our tips before it’s too late and your roof starts to cause you problems that can be timely and costly.
When assessing your roof, conservatory or the roof of your garden building it is important to keep in mind safety precautions. This includes staying safe whilst inspecting the roof and not leaning from any high windows or reaching from unstable ladders. Before assessing your roof ensure that you have a stable ladder or way to view the condition of the surface.
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Keeping your roof in good condition can prevent any leaks or damage occurring in the future which can help you save costs and time. If you spot an issue with your roof, don’t ignore it as this could only intensify the problem, it is better to act on the problem area straight away. You should conduct regular checks on your roof every few months as weather conditions can create issues and it is best to assess any damages before seasonal changes. Without further ado here are our top 5 tips for keeping your roof in the best possible condition.
1. Kill the moss
Moss is not the most attractive growth and can really change the appearance of your roof or sky lantern, but not only that it can also affect the condition of the fixture. The properties of moss mean that it contains and holds water which if not treated properly can cause issues with rot and decay. Moss can be commonly mistaken for black algae which is harmless but doesn’t look nice so we recommend removing them both if you spot them on your roof.
Moss usually grows on north-facing roofs because of the lack or little sunlight which allows moss to build up and spread across and in between roof tiles. As the moss grows, it can push the tiles out of place which allows rainwater to leak into your property.
How to remove moss from your roof?
Most forms of moss can be scraped away using a scraper however there are often patches which have built up over years and can become difficult to remove. In order to remove this type of moss from your roof, you will need to kill it. Treating the moss first will ensure that it won’t grow back.
We recommend starting the process on a day when it is cloudy; if the sun is shining on the surface the solution that you are treating the moss with will dry up and not be as effective. Spraying the moss remover on to the target areas and leaving it to soak for around 20 minutes should work and the moss should become more manageable and become loose. You may need a scrubbing brush to get rid of moss which is still resistant after following these steps.
2. Clean the gutters
It is important to clean your gutters just before transitional season periods and we recommend cleaning them in spring and autumn. This allows you to remove any blocked or clogged parts of your guttering which could restrict water from being drained away when it starts to rain. Using a stable ladder, you should check that no clumps of leaves or branches have fallen into the track and if there is a blockage you should try and remove it the best that you can. Using gloves you should scoop out the debris and place it into the recycling, this will mean that when you need your guttering to drain rainwater away, it will be able to do so with ease.
3. Look for rust
Identifying problem areas such as rust and rot are essential for keeping your roof in good condition. Some roofing can be made with metallic parts and it is important to keep the rust away as it can cause issues with leaks and damp. If you do notice any rust on your roofing then you should use a wire brush to remove the affected area and then paint or spray the spot with anti-corrosion or anti-rust paint. This will keep your roof stable and it will be able to keep water from entering the property through the ceiling.
4. Seal any gaps
But what happens when the water does come into your home! There is nothing more annoying than a leak in your home and it can often be hard to tackle as well as time-consuming and expensive. So what should you do when a leak occurs?
How to fix a leaking roof from the inside?
It is difficult to fix a leaking roof from the interior of the home but not impossible and interior defences can be a short term solution whilst you wait for professionals to come and assess the damage. You will need to seal the damaged area but to do so effectively, the area must be dry. If it is raining, place a bucket to catch the falling water until it is dry again. Once you have identified the leak then you should check the surrounding area for any other damage with a torch as leaks can often cause mould and moisture damage. Using the sealant, start to spread the mixture over the affected area using a brush until it is dry.
You should check the sealant around your property regularly and if it needs to be replaced you should do so quickly before any damage can occur.
5. Trim any overhanging trees
When installing our flat roof lanterns, we recommend to our customers to cut back any trees or overhanging branches which could fall and potentially damage the fixture. The properties of our sky pods are robust and have been crafted with strong aluminium framing and toughened double glazed 24mm safety glass but falling branches in harsh weather conditions can cause issues. If a branch falls and smashes the glass, this could not only cause physical damage to the fitting but to you in your property. That is why it is important to trim back any overhanging branches or trees which you think could fall in adverse weather conditions. If you would like to install a flat roof lantern into your home then you should browse through the entire range available here at ATT Fabrications today.