The importance of your roof must never be underestimated as it’s arguably the most important aspect of your property. It provides the first line of defence against harsh weather, and is the reason you and your family are kept safe and warm every night. You should treat it like a prized possession, because that’s exactly what it is.
In the same way you’d regularly clean your mobile phone, a family heirloom or a precious piece of jewellery, you should regularly clean your roof. If your roof gets damaged, you’ll regret not taking better care of it.
It’s for this reason why it’s so fundamental you take the time to clean your roof regularly. Here’s how to do it best…
Keep in mind that safety comes first
A roof often being ‘out of sight, out of mind’ means you need to actually make an effort to get up and see it every once in a while. That being said, you must keep in mind that safety comes first – always! Never attempt to get up on the roof without a hard hat and a sturdy ladder, and be sure to let somebody know what you’re doing so that they can keep an eye on matters.
A clean roof is absolutely fundamental in order to extend its lifespan and keep it healthy and stable, but we strongly discourage you from doing anything you’re not comfortable with. Let’s assume that you live in the County Durham area of North East England… If you don’t feel safe in getting up and inspecting your own roof, Durham roofing contractors from a local firm like Findley Roofing could help.
Take time to clean those gutters
The point of a gutter is to direct rainwater off the roof and directly down the drain, so can you imagine the disasters that could occur if a gutter was being stopped from doing its job properly? If they are left to clog up, they could subsequently break, insurance giant AXA explains, which is why it’s important you keep them clean.
You should regularly check that your gutters haven’t become blocked with debris such as leaves, moss and, unfortunately, even dead animals. If you spot a build up, clear it immediately using a plastic scoop, and ensure that the debris has a safe place to fall below (for you to clean up later).
Get rid of those overhanging branches
If you have a tree within close proximity of your house, you’re probably already familiar with just how annoying they can be. Not only do you need to worry about fallen leaves clogging your gutters, but also pesky rodents, such as squirrels, using the tree branch as a way to get on top of your roof. Once they’ve gained access, they can cause significant damage through gnawing on your roofing material.
So, what can be done about this? When you embark on the journey of cleaning your roof, take time to clip those overhanging branches. Experts usually say that the branch tip should be at least six to ten feet away from the roof, so you might want to get your tape measure out for this bit. If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it properly…