Over the Winter months most of us go into hibernation mode and resign ourselves to seeing out the colder months under a nice warm blanket. The last thing we feel like doing is keeping up with the external maintenance of our homes. Now Spring is just around the corner and the sun is starting to make more of an appearance, it is time to do those all-important outside jobs we have been putting off.
The recent storms have battered our homes and it isn’t uncommon for roof tiles to have come loose or to have cracked. If these are not repaired the roof will become unsound and a potential source of leaks. You will need to check for signs that tiles have slipped or cracked.
Top Tip: the camera on your Smart Phone is most likely far more powerful than your eyes, try taking pictures of your roof and zoom in to inspect your roof. If there are any issues organise for a reputable roofing company to inspect the damage. It is good practice to get three quotes, not just to find the best deal.
Another way to check the integrity of your roof is to pop into your loft during a bright day and check for any light coming through. This will show any issues with the tiles and also check for any water ingress as this could affect your insulation or it might have damaged anything you have stored in the loft.
Whilst we are looking up high check your guttering. Believe it or not it is best to do this when it is raining. When it is raining it is far easier to spot water gushing from joins or splits in the guttering. All sorts of material will have blown into the gutters over the harsher months, they can get clogged up with leaves and twigs and even moss from the roof that may have come loose. If you leave broken gutters to their own devices this will have a knock-on detrimental effect on the facia and soffit, with excess water these may rot. Excess water will also erode brickwork over time, this can be easy to spot as the wall can be discoloured.
Windows and Doors