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Identifying damage early enables you to prevent it getting worse and could save you thousands of pounds worth of repair work later. We’ll show you what to look out for and how to maintain your roofing and guttering with annual checks.
Look around the top floor ceilings of your home for any damp patches. If you have an attic, check the underside of your roof for damp patches too as these are important indicators of a compromised roof.
Look for streaks of moss or mould coming down your outside walls from the roof. These are signs of blocked or damaged gutters that need attention. If ignored, this can lead to penetrating damp.
Some buildings have fascias and soffits – the flat, wooden or metal boards that often sit under the edge of roofs and eaves. Fascias can be seen from ground level while soffits are usually fitted behind gutters and are better inspected from a ladder. Look for obvious rot and staining which can suggest roof damage. Soffits often have vents to the attic which need to be kept unblocked to avoid condensation.
Scan for missing tiles – one of the primary causes of water damage in the home. Just one missing tile will make further tiles vulnerable to dislodge from the wind but they’re easy to spot from a ladder or with binoculars. Also, look for cracked or slipped tiles as water only needs the smallest entrance point to create damage. Moss or lichen on roof tiles probably doesn’t need removing. In fact, the most common methods of removing it can cause more damage than the moss itself.
Made of flexible waterproof material such as lead, flashing seals the joints between solid elements. It’s used in roof valleys, around chimneys, skylights and along the joins between the roof and walls. Look for any that have come loose, buckled or started to corrode.
Look for any crumbling or fallen bricks. These need replacing as the flue might become blocked which can have serious implications for gas or log fire users.
Much of the same advice for pitched roofs also applies to flat roofs so in addition to the guidance above, watch out for any sagging or excessive pooling.
It’s worth checking these roofs for any signs of damage that could cause leaks.
We have a wide range of emergency repair solutions to stop active leaks and prevent damage.
For more help and advice on roofing and repairs, see our roofing guide. If you think there‘s any damage that might cause problems and you don’t feel confident repairing it yourself, it’s always best to call in the professionals.
As the leaves fall and the weather worsens, it’s important to take the following precautions that’ll protect your home through the months to come.