Performing a roofing check in the spring is an essential part of home maintenance, here are some essential checks to perform on your Manchester home roof this spring:
Essential checks to perform on your Manchester home roof this spring:
- Inspect your roof for damage
- Check your attic/loft
- Clean out your gutters
- Trim overhanging trees
- Inspect flashing
- Hire a professional
1. Inspect your roof for damage
Check your roof for signs of damage such as missing or broken shingles, cracks, holes, or leaks. Look for any visible signs of damage from the ground, such as curling or buckling shingles. The winter can be harsh on your roof – especially in Manchester and Salford where we get a lot more rain, wind and extreme weather conditions than other places in the UK. Remember to be careful when inspecting your roof and don’t put yourself in danger. If you suspect that there is damage then get in touch with a Manchester roofing specialist like us here at Evo Roofing. We have specialist training and equipment to be able to do a comprehensive inspection and take digital images to be able to feed back to you our findings.
2. Check your attic/loft
Inspect your attic for signs of water damage or leaks, which could indicate problems with your roof. Look for any signs of moisture, such as mould or mildew. Unchecked damage or small leaks can build up to cause significant problems in your home over time, so it is best to make regular checks. Thoroughly looking at the condition of your attic is an essential check to perform on your Manchester home this spring.
3. Clean out your gutters
Remove any debris, leaves, or branches from your gutters and downspouts. This will help prevent water damage to your roof and foundations. Here is a quick guide on how to clean your gutters this spring:
How to clean your gutters this spring:
- Gather the necessary tools: You will need a ladder, work gloves, a bucket, and a gutter scoop or trowel.
- Set up the ladder safely: Place the ladder on a stable surface and make sure it is leaning against the wall at the correct angle. Use a ladder stabiliser or have someone hold the bottom of the ladder for extra safety.
- Wear work gloves: Wear gloves to protect your hands from debris and sharp edges.
- Remove debris: Use a gutter scoop or trowel to remove the debris from the gutter. Place the debris in the bucket as you work. Start at the downspout and work your way towards the other end of the gutter.
- Check for clogs: Look for clogs in the downspout and remove any debris. You may need to use a hose to flush out the downspout.
- Rinse out the gutter: Once you have removed all the debris, use a hose to rinse out the gutter. Start at the downspout and work your way towards the other end of the gutter. This will help to remove any remaining debris and flush out the gutter.
- Check for leaks: After you have cleaned the gutters, check for leaks. Run water through the gutters and downspouts to make sure there are no leaks.
- Dispose of debris: Dispose of the debris in a compost pile or in your garden rubbish.
Extra tip – A lot of Manchester homes have well established trees in the garden. If your home is surrounded by a lot of leaf dense trees then you may need to clean out your gutters more often.
4: Trim overhanging trees
Trim any overhanging tree branches that could damage your roof during high winds or storms. The spring weather in Manchester and Salford can be very changeable – the last thing you want is some wayward tree branches crashing through your roof! If you can’t manage yourself then you may want to think about hiring a professional tree surgeon or gardener to give you a hand.
5: Inspect flashing
Check the flashing around your chimney, vents, and skylights for signs of damage or deterioration. Make sure they are tightly sealed and in good condition. If you have damaged or loose flashing then you are susceptible to water getting through your roof which can lead to more significant issues. Roof flashing is a type of material used to protect your roof from water damage by creating a watertight barrier in areas where the roof meets other parts of the house, such as chimneys, vents, and skylights. The lifespan of roof flashing can vary depending on several factors, including the type of material, climate, and maintenance.
Here are some estimates for the average lifespan of different types of roof flashing:
- Galvanized steel flashing: 20-30 years
- Aluminium flashing: 20-30 years
- Copper flashing: 50+ years
- Lead flashing: 50+ years
It is important to note that these are just estimates, and the actual lifespan of your roof flashing may be shorter or longer depending on various factors. Regular maintenance and inspection can help extend the life of your roof flashing and prevent water damage to your home.
6: Hire a professional
Consider hiring a professional roofing contractor that is a specialist to Manchester and Salford to inspect your roof if you’re unsure of what to look for or if you notice any signs of damage. By engaging with us to help with performing these checks, you can identify any potential roofing issues early on and address them before they become more significant problems.
looking for a reputable roofing company in manchester?
Need some help with essential checks to perform on your Manchester home roof this spring? Get in touch with Christian at Evo Roofing. Covering all of Manchester and Salford we are able to provide quick quotes and a fast turnaround for your project.
About the Evolution Team...
Chris and the team at Evolution Roofing have over 30 years experience in the roofing trade and pride themselves on providing excellent customer service, efficient work and a zero default finish on all their projects. Proudly serving Manchester, Salford and beyond they are committed to using the best materials and techniques to give you ultimate satisfaction every time – with an insurance backed guarantee to give you additional confidence.