Top 5 Tips for Preparing Your Roof for the Year Ahead

Where your roof is concerned, prevention is the best cure.


It may be dull and damp, but spring really is on the way, and with it, the rest of the year will follow. As each season brings its own trials and tribulations to assault your roof, now is a great time to start thinking of how to prepare your roof for the year ahead.

What can go wrong?

What could possibly go wrong with your roof? Hopefully, if your roof was installed by a reputable roofer, nothing – but, let’s face it, life has a way of throwing problems at us when we least expect it.  So even if you think your roof is strong and secure, it’s worth considering the potential pitfalls so you can do your best to prevent them.

The weather is one of the major causes of roof issues, including rain, ice, wind and even sun. Battening down your roof against any extremes of weather is one o the most important things you can do.

Your roof is also subject to wear and tear, and regular maintenance should keep this to a minimum. However, time takes its toll on everything so be aware that problems can occur as your roof ages, so a springtime check can be just the thing to prevent the cracks from getting worse.

1. Inspect your roof

Assess your roof both inside and out and make a note of any suspected weaknesses. Look for leaks, rotting framework, misplaced slates or tiles, damaged flashing or guttering or anything else that is likely to cause concern. Regular checks will prevent tiny holes from turning into gaping gaps.

2. Get rid of the rubbish

Rubbish and debris can collect just about anywhere and this includes our roof. Gutters are particularly prone to the gathering of leaves and moss, and other environmental clutter, and need clearing regularly to maintain the clear flow of water off your roof.

It’s also possible for rubbish to get stuck within nooks and crannies on your roofs, such as on roof joints or chimney stacks. Any rotting material will weaken your roof, so keep it as clear as possible.

Old bird nests can be a big culprit so keep your eyes open for these, as they may be hidden under eaves.

3. Survey your roof and the area around it

Storms can cause much collateral damage to your roof, so make sure you survey the area around your roof and home and check for objects that could fall. Big suspects are tall trees growing too near, so make sure these are pruned sufficiently or removed if deemed to be a danger.

4. Prepare your roof for the great British weather

Moisture can collect in the gaps in roof masonry, which freezes then expands and thaws. The end result can be holes and separation, leading to leakage.

Make sure your roof is as weatherproof as possible by minimising any gaps in your roofs masonry structure and replace the sealant or cement. Check the roof area for missing slates or tiles, and replace. Check the roof is as secure as possible against any possible extremes of weather.

5. Check the Flashing around your roof

The flashing area is a common spot for leaks and needs a thorough inspection to ensure it is not loose. If so, get your roofer to deal with this as quickly as possible, and while he’s up there he can deal with any slipped tiles as well!

So don’t close the stable door after the horse has bolted; instead, get on top of any possible problems before they happen by getting your roof ready for the year ahead.


If you need some advice, or to arrange a free, no obligation site visit please get in touch with our expert team today.


Posted on 07 January 2020 in Roofing, News and tagged roofing maintenance, roof repairs, london roofing.
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