5 Steps for ‘Winterising’ Your Roof

It’s official: winter has well and truly cast its frosty breath upon our corner of the globe. It’s time to dig out those plush blankets, wrap yourself up, and huddle by the fire with a warm cup of soup. However, before you get too comfortable, remind yourself – have you checked your roof lately?

Wild wintry weather can severely endanger your roof, which is why it is so important to make sure your little abode can stand up to the conditions about to be thrown our way. By following these 5 simple steps, you can keep your family home protected against the elements this winter.

  1. Check your roof’s tiles. Look around for damaged, loose or missing tiles on your roof, as these can potentially lead to leaks in your home during those winter storms. If this is the case, we highly recommend you employ a professional to repair and retile your roof where necessary, therefore preventing it from any impending rain leaks.
  2. Clean your gutters. Make sure you remove all those fallen autumnal leaves and any loose debris that have collected in your gutters, thereby providing a clear channel for rains to drain through. While you’re at it, also check for misaligned pipes and ensure your downpipes are carrying water away from the house’s foundation in order to prevent flooding or water damage. For a general rule of thumb, water should be kept at least three metres away from the house.
  3. Seal your roof against moisture entry points. Elements such as valley gutters, flashings, ridge cappings, ridge vents, seams, fasteners, mortar and skylights should all be checked for damage, rust or blockages to ensure there are no entry points for moisture. Once moisture is inside the home, it continues to cause damage, so it’s a good idea to carry out this basic home maintenance task early on before it catapults into a mega problem. Seek expert advice or employ a professional to check your roof for any of these problems.
  4. Prune your trees. Large trees and foliage pose quite a big risk during winter, with wild gusts of wind and heavy rains harnessing the potential to cause overhanging limbs to snap and fall onto your roof. Get out those shears and give your trees a trim to help prevent your roof from suffering any possible damage.
  5. Inspect your chimney. Take the time to give your chimney a good clean, as the volatile gases released from burning wood fires can condense on the inside walls to create a smelly, sticky and highly flammable creosote. If this builds up over time, your home is at risk of a chimney fire. Additionally, don’t forget to cap your chimney to keep out roaming animals.