Easy roof maintenance tasks you can do yourself (& when NOT to do it!)

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The roof of a house is a perilous place so I wouldn’t even begin to suggest you take on a roofing DIY task yourself. It takes time, skill and specialist safety equipment to perform necessary repairs. That said, there’s no reason why you can’t assess the current state of the roof to spot any minor fixes and help to solve problems before they become bigger jobs. At the very least, if you’re capable of assessing the damage you can call in a roofer and explain what needs fixing. Here are some roofing tips to help you get started…

REGULAR CHECKS

Often, homeowners end up experiencing problems with the roof simply because they haven’t kept an eye on it. Sure, you might notice a leak when it starts pouring directly on your head, but there’s no need to wait that long before spotting a potential repair. Instead, you should be proactive and try to find leaks before they become a problem.

All you have to do to check for leaks is wet the roof with a hose and head into the attic to check for any leaks. Also, it’s important to check on your roof after storms – we had concrete from the ridge blow out during a storm and we were able to have it fixed by a roofer before it became a bigger job. We probably saved a few hundred pounds on the repair bill simply because we noticed it straight away and there wasn’t too much damage at that point.

GET A QUOTE

If you have extensive repairs that need to be addressed after a storm or once you’ve spotted a leak, it’s much better to call a roofer than try to tackle the job yourself. The roofing company will give you assessment of damage including the cost of materials, as well as the overall cost of the service. This will help you understand what’s wrong with your roof, what kind of materials you’ll need and how it can be repaired. Keep in mind that some roofing companies provide a free assessment so you won’t have to pay any money in advance and at least you’ll know what’s wrong.

DON’T DIY IT

Please don’t climb up onto your roof to take a closer look at problems! If you need to get a better look, use a camera. If you photograph the roof, you can zoom in to take a look at the condition of tiles and the ridge. Keep in mind that its really easy to damage some of the shingles, tiles or gutters so if you climb up, you’re just going to make things worse. Plus, just one slip up and you might fall and break something!

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Roof maintenance often comes down to experience. Homeowners have to be able to recognise small dents and cracks in their roof, and address them as soon as possible. If you know what to look for, it will be much easier to establish the extent of damage. For example, fungi is an indication that water isn’t draining off the roof properly. And make sure to look out for things around the property that might cause a problem for your roof in the future, such as dead tree branches etc.

I hope these tips help you to keep an eye on your roof and recognise when you need to call in the experts to solve a problem. Please don’t try to get up there yourself – safety first!



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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

One thought on “Easy roof maintenance tasks you can do yourself (& when NOT to do it!)

  1. Never attempt to do roof work yourself, unless you have the specialised equipment and know how to use it. Several years ago, someone we knew fell from his roof and subsequently died from his injuries, after going up on the roof to try to fix the TV arial.

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