This is the time of year to inspect the roof of your home and/or business, after the harsh weather of the winter months. If you’re wondering where to begin when it comes to carrying out effective roof maintenance tasks though, follow these tips:

Look for missing or damaged items

An example of how lead flashing keeps you dry
An example of how lead flashing keeps you dry

Once you’re on top of your roof, you should be able to quickly spot if there are any shingles that have either been completely dislodged or damaged. Rectifying the problem while there are only one or two defective shingles is key, as a couple are easy and cheap to replace and will ensure the rest of your roof covering keeps in tip-top condition.

Ensure lead flashings are securely fixed in place

Lead flashing is a very important element of a roof, as it acts as a sealant between two surfaces of the roof. It helps prevent the weather from causing damage to timber, joists and the overall roof structure. Check that all of the flashing is solid, remove any old caulk and give the surrounding area a clean if you identify any problem areas.

If you need to reseal the lead flashing, buy some lead flashing clips from a high-quality supplier like Ashbrook Roofing. These are really easy to use and are less likely to cause damage if you are over enthusiastic with your DIY.

Look out for rust

The metal areas of your roof will rust over time, due to the nature of the material. Fortunately, rust is simple to get rid of if caught in time. First, scrub the rust with a wire brush before priming and painting the metal so that 1) it helps to keep water out and 2) it looks as good as new again.

Clear your roof of any unwanted elements

Now that you have repaired your roof of any defects, you just need to make sure that there’s nothing sitting on it that can cause further damage in the months ahead. Twigs, sticks and leaves should be swept off the roof, as these can cause shingles to become damaged, encourage algae to grow and gutters to be clogged up.

Make sure that tree branches aren’t hanging over your roof, as these give animals like squirrels an easy route onto your roof and increase the likelihood of damage being caused.

Remember: Safety First! DIY is all very well if you are confident about going up on your roof. In that case it’s fine, but do ensure that you take sensible precautions. If you are not confident: employ a professional!

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