7 Tips To Winter Proof Your Roof In Ireland
With the elements wreaking havoc on the earth, from scorching summers to freezing winters, and winters especially becoming colder, our roofs are under a lot more pressure than ever before.
With winter at our doorstep, it would be a good idea to make sure that your roof is winter-proof. By making sure your roof is protected from the elements before a big storm hits, you and your family will be kept safe and warm inside, no matter how the weather is raging on outside.
Top tips to winter-proof your roof
Check your roof thoroughly
Make sure that you have a look at your roof before the weather worsens. Have a walk around your home and look for any problems that you can see from the outside. Check your gutters and check to see if there are any slipped tiles. You will also need to climb onto your roof to have a closer look. If you feel nervous to climb on your roof, rather hire a professional to make sure that all is okay.
Next, you will need to check inside your home. Look in your attic for any damages, check for leaks, mould or stains on the roof. Water stains could be yellow in colour or there might even be black spots. This will give you an indication of what and where your problem might be.
Trim any overgrown trees, plans, or hedges.
You might be wondering why you need to do this, and the reason for cutting back trees and branches is because heavy winds can push over trees that can cause damage to your roof. Large and loose branches can cause damage. Trim back branches or trees before winter gets worse. This will ensure that nothing falls over during a storm, destroying your roof, or breaking windows. Trying to fix a roof during a blizzard is not something that you would want to do. Another important thing to check for is any hanging branches that are close to electric cables or phone lines.
Clean your gutters
Cleaning your gutters is always important. Make sure to clean out any leaves that are in the gutter, or any other kind of debris. If you feel nervous to do this yourself, you could always hire someone to do it for you. By cleaning your gutters and downspouts, this will prevent any water from getting stuck and then freezing. Ice can cause quite a lot of damage to your guttering system.
You can clean your gutters by cleaning the pathways, and flushing your downspouts out with water before winter gets worse.
Be on the lookout for pests
During winter you might have a few unwanted visitors. Little critters could use your roof to keep warm and dry during cold weather. Have a look in your attic for any mice, squirrels, and rats that have taken up lodging in your roof. If you do see that you have a pest problem, you could call professionals to handle the problem. Never use poisons that could cause secondary poisoning in other animals such as owls, or pets.
Fix broken or loose tiles
If you discover that you have broken or loose roof tiles, have them fixed. A big storm can easily blow tiles off your roof, causing major damage that could easily be prevented. The longer you wait to fix small problems, the worse it will get overtime. Another thing you might want to consider is installing a new roof if it is older than 20 years.
Call a professional roofer, to have a look at the condition of your roof. They will be able to help you. The sooner your fix any problems in your roof, the less money you will spend in the long run.
Make sure joints and extensions are A-OK!
Check all built on extensions, or where different roofing materials meet; such as chimneys and gutters. Often times this is where leaks tend to happen. The reason for this is that different materials don’t often bond well, or they might begin to separate as time goes by.
A professional roofer will be able to fix any holes or cracks. They might either seal it with silicone or use expanding foam. It’s important to ask your roofer if the expanding foam is fireproof though, especially if they use it near a chimney.
Get rid of heavy snow
If there was a heavy snowstorm, be sure to remove the snow as soon as possible. Snow can get really heavy, and if you have any weak spots on your roof, it can cause significant damage or leaks. Only do this once its safe to do so. You can use a stiff bristle brush to get rid of any snow on your roof. Once again if you feel nervous to do so yourself, hire a professional.
By following the above tips, you can be sure that your roof will be 100% ready to endure all the icy elements of winter! If you are uncertain about anything, always call a professional to give you expert advice.