A roof replacement is a costly task. You can, however, avoid minor issues becoming serious problems with regular roof maintenance. Issues such as ageing, blocked gutters, skylight damage, broken tiles, and rust can become severe problems, sometimes leading to a roof replacement.
Get a Professional Roof Inspection
Regular professional roof inspections for your residential or commercial property will help extend the life of your roof and keep it in the best condition possible.
A professional roof contractor will scrutinise every aspect of your roof, from installation to the external structure. They will detect even minor faults and take action to repair them, saving you money in the long run.
Follow a Roof Maintenance Plan
Following a roof maintenance plan for your commercial building or home is recommended. In your plan, outline:
- How often you will inspect your roof
- Which parts of the roof you will inspect
- The process for inspecting your roof
- A checklist of what to look for (e.g. corrosion, cracked seals, water damage)
Roofing professionals can assist you with establishing a maintenance plan that outlines all the key considerations for your roof.
Clear Your Gutters
We are often called out to roof repair jobs that could easily be prevented with regular gutter cleaning. Over time, excess debris will build up in your roof’s guttering. This may lead to trapped water weighing your roof down and seeping into the structure, making your roof prone to mould build-up, rusting, and leaking. Some gutter cleaning can be completed without professional help. However, for safety reasons, we advise any work undertaken on your roof to only be carried out by professionals.
If you cannot reach your gutters from a safe height or own a commercial property such as an apartment complex or warehouse, we recommend contacting a gutter cleaning specialist to inspect and clean your gutters.
Inspect Your Roof After Storms
Your roof is the first line of defence against storms, hail, wind, and heat waves. After major weather events, it’s important to check that your roof has not suffered any damage.
Strong winds can blow debris onto your roof, hail can puncture metal roofs and crack tiles, and heavy rains and blocked gutters can cause leaks inside your house. If you can safely do so, take the time to inspect your roof or have a professional inspect it for you. If there’s any damage, make sure to get it repaired immediately.
Cut Back Overhanging Tree Branches
Large tree branches may provide some added shade to your home however if they come in direct contact with your roof, they will give animals a pathway into your roof cavity. Tree branches can also scrape and damage your roof on windy days by breaking tiles and scratching metal roofs.
We recommend using a tree pruner to cut back any overhanging branches or contact a specialist tree lopper.
Make Repairs Quickly
Prevention is better than cure. Even if your roof is well-maintained, you’re going to find cracks or leaks over time. Make sure you get these repaired early to avoid more expensive issues later on and keep your home safe. KWR Roofing are experts in residential and commercial roofing repairs, providing our customers with the best quality workmanship.
If you would like to further explore the best suited roofing options available for your home, get in touch with the professionals at KWR Roofing. Contact us at email@example.com or (07) 3847 1031.