Your roof is the first line of defence, protecting your home and contents from the elements year after year.
Small roof damage is often ignored but can quickly lead to more expensive repairs if not dealt with quickly.
In the UK the most common roofing materials are slate and cement tiles. Thatch and shingle tiles are also used but less frequently.
Because damage can soon escalate, you should make roof repairs to minor damage as soon as you notice it.
A house roof protects you from the worst of the weather, heat as well as cold, wildlife and plant growth. All these things can damage it over time.
The differing weather in the UK causes your roof to undergo a lot of different stresses.
The expansion and contraction with the changing temperatures of the seasons can soon dislodge, crack tiles and slates, or cause them to slip out of position.
Your roofs components can also be damaged by wildlife, causing tiles and slates to move or slip.
Loose slates and tiles can easily go undetected until a gust of wind blows them off the roof, causing a dangerous hazard.
In windy conditions, just a single missing tile or slate can allow in enough wind to lift your whole roof into the street below causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Once the flashing around chimneys and brickwork starts to allow moisture in, it will soon begin to breakdown as frosts and rain will crack the cement until it crumbles.
Wooden fascias also need maintaining to stop them from rotting. That rot can soon spread to your roof trusses causing a more costly problem to repair.
Most homeowners never go near their roofs until they notice a problem. It is often the case that a little preventative roofing maintenance could save a large expense in the longer term.
It makes sound economic sense to maintain your property to protect the investment you have made. With your roof, a stitch in time really does save nine.
Regular annual inspections of your roof will give you the protection your property needs and prepare you for the winter months.
Knowing that your roof is secure and watertight will give you piece of mind, knowing that your home is safe from the worst the weather can throw at you.