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How to Maintain Your Flat Roof Over Winter

October 20, 2017

When winter arrives, it brings a significant change in weather conditions, and these elements can cause damage to our homes. The months when the weather can be much harsher and include snow, rain and much lower temperatures you need to make sure that you are looking after your roof. During the winter months roofing is more likely to give way and experience problems, so below, we have put together this guide to help you maintain your flat roof during the colder months.

 

 

 

Debris

 

Due to windy conditions, there is no doubt that your flat roof will collect a lot of debris.

Leaves and twigs and other debris can become a real issue if left alone throughout the winter. For starters, this material can and will freeze which means if there is any snowfall, it will take longer to melt. Likewise, frozen leaves and other autumnal debris will put a heavy burden on your roof, especially when water begins to pool on top of them. If those leaves are not cleared, it could lead to structural damage that will require lots of time and money to fix.

 

Trees

 

If you have any trees near your flat roof, you should make sure that there are no low hanging branches. High winds, heavy rain and even snow, can break the strongest boughs into brittle twigs which can snap and cause damage to your roof.

 

Cracks

 

Cracks can occur during the year, but it is important that you check to see if there are any cracks, holes or patches of worn material. Small areas of damage can be easily repaired, but larger areas may need professional attention.

 

Maintenance

 

Before winter arrives, you should prepare your roof to ensure that it is ready for the forthcoming season.

 

  1. Check your roof for holes and indentations. If there is a hole, patch it up. Additionally, if there’s a spot on your roof that is soft, it is advised that you speak with an expert.
     

  2. You need to check the edges of your roof where the roof meets the wall. If you notice water damage on your ceiling right near the wall or in the corner of the room then that means you may need to reseal that area. Prolonged water damage could lead to mold in your walls and ceiling and if that goes ignored for too long it could lead to bigger issues.
     

  3. Keep an eye out for “blisters” on your roof. What this means is looking for areas where water has gotten under your roof. If you touch these spots and they feel mushy, then that means the spot needs to be cut up, dried out, and resealed.

 

If you require any extensive work carried out on your roof, you may need to find scaffolders, Tiverton to ensure that work can be carried out safely. 

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