We may still be within the realms of winter, but as the days slowly start getting longer and the sun begins to show its face once more, it’s clear that the warmer months are just around the corner. There’s no better time than now to start preparing your home and garden for summer and making sure that any damage your property sustained throughout the harsh winter months has been taken care of. This is particularly important for your roofing, as this is the part of your home that is most exposed to the elements.
Here we share our top tips for preparing your roof for summer:
Inspect your gutters
After months of heavy rainfall and blustering winds, your gutters are likely looking worse for wear. Whether they’re full of decaying leaves from neighbouring trees or they’ve started to leak, it’s important to use the spring months to inspect and repair them as necessary. A broken or faulty gutter won’t collect and reroute rainwater as it’s designed to, which could see your roof sustain water damage.
Additionally, if your gutters are full of debris, they may become increasingly attractive to birds and squirrels looking to make a nest for spring. While this may sound like a great way to attract more wildlife to your local area, small animals can cause a significant amount of damage to your roof. For this reason, it’s imperative to tidy your gutters before the summer comes around.
Replace missing tiles
If your roof has suffered throughout the winter months, you may expect to find some missing tiles or shingles. Although this may not seem very pressing at first, missing tiles can do more than just damage your home’s kerb appeal. As a result of slipped roof tiles or shingles, moisture may be able to seep into your property and cause a variety of problems inside.
From damaged insulation to pooling water in your upstairs rooms, there is a long list of problems that can occur from a moisture build-up. And, with warm weather just around the corner, issues such as condensation and mould may become more prevalent. Prevent this from happening by making sure that your roof tiles are in place as they should be.
Invest in a roof coating
If you haven’t considered the benefits of waterproof roof coatings, now is certainly time to do so. There are many reasons why you should consider coating your roof in time for summer, one being the fact that waterproof coatings can keep your roof cool even in hot weather. This makes investing in a roof coating a great way to limit the number of times you have to resort to your home’s air conditioning solutions through summer and, as a result, help you cut the energy bills you’re paying out for.
As they’re waterproof, roof coatings can also protect your home against heavy rainfall. While levels of rainfall tend to lessen during the summer (although, not necessarily in Scotland!), it’s still advisable to keep your roof protected against the elements throughout the year. By taking steps to ensure your roof is in the best possible condition for summer, you’ll also minimise the risk of damage occurring during the winter months, too.
Could your home benefit from a waterproof roof coating? At Kingdom Coatings, we supply and install only the highest quality roof and wall coatings for our customers in Scotland. Our work comes with a 10-year guarantee to make sure your roof stays protected throughout many summers and winters to come. For more information about our range of services, get in touch with our team of experts today.