Investing in a new roof is a big expense, one that not many people will factor into their budgets for the year. So when you have had to pay out and invest in a new roof, how can you help to extend its lifespan and prolong the lead up to the next time you have to fork out.
Before New Roof Installation
The actual structure of your home can play a big part in the stability and longevity of your roof. So before you have your new roof installed, it could pay to give your walls and foundations a good check over. Cracks in your walls can be a sign of a multitude of issues including some forms of subsidence. Many of the issues that cause cracks in your walls will also cause your roof to move and become either misshapen or unstable. If you have noticed missing or moving tiles or gaps on your roof, this can be a warning sign and should definitely be looked into before you invest in a new roof.
Check For Appropriate Ventilation
There are a number of homes, particularly older homes which have ventilation issues in key spaces. These rooms include the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room if you have one. These rooms were often designed to ventilate into your roof space, rather than directly outside.
If this is the case for your home, we recommend looking into have modern ventilation (or alternative ventilation) installed to ensure that all moisture is heading straight outdoors.
Any moisture that leads into your loft space can cause mould and eventually rot to the interior structure and beams. This can result in not only a new external roof but also a new internal structure.
If you are unsure where your rooms ventilate to, take a look on the exterior of your home for corresponding vents. If you are still unsure, please contact a professional.
Ensure Adequate Drainage
Once you have had your new roof installed, you will want to check that your drainage is adequate and remains unblocked. This means that your guttering should be kept unblocked and attached to the appropriate locations.
Keep Wildlife Clear
When it comes to mother nature, there is very little we can do to protect our roofs from the elements, after all, they are there to protect our homes from the elements. However, we can help to protect the roof from the effects of other natural issues.
Trimming back trees that overhang your roof can help to protect the roof from falling debris, and potential other wildlife that the tree might bring.
We recommend the removal of ivy and other trailing plants as this can start to grow in gaps and force the roof apart, causing cracks and moisture to get into the structure.
For more information on preserving your new roof please speak to our expert team who will be happy to offer you some guidance. Get in touch today for a free no obligations quote for your new roof. Check back to our blogs for regular updates and information.