To keep your roof in full working order, with no compromises, you should follow a thorough and regular maintenance check. Although Spring and Autumn are key times for maintenance, it’s also important to keep checking on your roof throughout the winter. Snow, ice and hail can all cause issues for any roof. Here at JMS Roofing, we are Birmingham’s leading roofing experts. And we have produced this guide to looking after your roof this winter,
Looking after your roof this winter
So what should be looking out for this winter? Well, there are several things, including:
- Snow- as beautiful as snow might look on your roof, this is a heavy load for your roof to bear. Any structural weakness in your roof deck will struggle to cope with the additional weight. And once the temperature drops, this snow will turn to ice. This can cause cracks in some roof membranes, as the temperature change causes natural expansion and contraction of the roof membrane.
- Gutters- keeping your gutters clean all year round is something you must consider. Blocked gutters cant drain the water from the roof, and with snow and heavy rain expected this winter, your roof could become compromised, if this does not drain efficiently. Make sure you check your gutters and down-pipes and get rid of any blockages, before any snow can settle.
- Flashing- Before any snow sets on your roof, you should inspect the flashing, or hire a professional to take a look at it for you. Over time flashing can wear away, and this leaves small, tiny gaps between your roof and chimney, or bricks. This will allow water to enter your wall cavities, and it can result in penetrating damp.
For more information or for a new roof, get in touch with the team today, here at JMS Roofing.