7 Simple Tips To Make Your Roof Last Longer

Most roofs are designed to last 20-25 years. But, if you don’t do regular maintenance or repair work, this timeframe could reduce significantly.

Roofing is hardy and is built to withstand the elements and protect your home from water ingress. However, it also needs TLC from time to time, which typically requires the help of a professional.

So, how can you make your roof last longer and avoid big repair bills? Check out our tips below:

1. Annual inspections

While it’s possible to get an idea of the state of your roof from ground level, you might not get the full picture unless you get a professional inspection. To the untrained eye, you probably won’t see the common areas that need attention before they develop into larger issues. So, hiring a roofing contractor to come and inspect your roof is a great investment.

Ideally, you should get an inspection annually, especially after the winter season, as this time of the year can see the most problems.

2. Check your property inside

One of the first ways you can tell there may be an issue with your roof is if you see tell-tale signs in your home, particularly upstairs rooms. For example, if you see water stains on the wall, this could indicate a small leak, which dries up once the weather changes. Again, mould growth on ceilings can show an insulation issue or membrane problems as dampness is getting into the property.

If you see any of these issues, it’s essential to get them sorted as soon as possible. While they don’t seem pressing at the time, over time, it could lead to more significant and costly problems.

3. Get repairs done promptly

Roof repairs can be expensive depending on the scale of the job. However, it’s vital not to put off this work when recommended, as leaving issues for longer will lead to further problems down the line.

Roof problems don’t just affect your exterior – they can cause damage to the inside of your home, whether that’s the brickwork and plaster or electrics. So, preventing further damage is more cost-effective.

4. Opt for a durable roofing design

Replacing the roof is not sometimes typically done when they move into a house unless it’s needed. However, when the time comes for replacement, it’s typically best to choose a roof design that is built for durability, for example, a pitched roof.

Pitched roofs slope down from a point of elevation and are constructed so water runs straight off into the gutters. The material used on this type of roof is also hardy. Slate and clay tiling is commonly used alongside other waterproofing membranes.

There are several benefits of a pitched roof, including:

Higher gradient – This means water is less likely to sit or pool in places on your roof, reducing the risk of water ingress and leaks.

Long life span – This type of roof is constructed with hardwearing materials such as slate, so they usually last longer than a flat roof.

Additional roof space – The pitch and elevation of the roof allow for space at the very top of the house. This can be utilised if required. For example, extra rooms or storage is a great option.

Ideal for different types of homes – Pitched roofs look great on all kinds of homes, such as houses, bungalows and cottages. This design is also one of the most common in the UK.

Pitched roofs aren’t the only option when you’re deciding on a new roof – flat roofs also have benefits, particularly for garages and extensions. While they don’t last as long as pitched designs, there’s a variety of materials that create a long-lasting barrier to the elements. For example, materials such as Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) offer a weatherproof barrier that provides a cost-effective way to replace your roofing.

5. Clean gutters

Gutters are designed to help take water away from your home. So, if they’re filled with dirt, leaves and debris, it makes it harder for the water to escape. This means it’s essential to clear gutters regularly, especially during the winter months and if you’re home is surrounded by trees.

If blocked gutters create water pooling, this can get into your home. During icy weather, ice dams can also form and start to affect tiling and membrane quality. So, it’s essential to clear your gutters to keep everything flowing freely.

6. Trim nearby tree branches

Trees are a lovely addition to your garden, but they can also cause havoc during bad weather, especially trees close to your home. If you have overhanging branches, get these cut back to reduce branches scratching roof tiles or potentially falling onto the roof in windy weather.

Cutting trees back isn’t just helpful for avoiding falling debris – it also prevents pests from having a handy route into your home. Unfortunately, branches can provide a path for bugs to enter, so eliminating this will avoid pesky critters degrading your roof space.

7. Clean the roof

Cleaning a roof is often one of the last jobs on a to-do list. But it’s pretty important as moss and algae start to grow over time. Due to the height of your roof, it’s best to call in professionals to undertake this job. They will have specific products and methods to clean the tiles without causing damage to the material. Avoid blasting the roof with a pressure washer, as this can damage the tiles and create water ingress.

Roofing repairs and replacement services in Huddersfield

Maintaining a roof is a top priority for homeowners. Regular checks and repairs, when recommended, will help keep it in better condition for longer. If you require assistance with roof repairs or replacement, DPR Roofing in Huddersfield is happy to help. We have over 30 years of experience in domestic roofing and are on hand to provide maintenance when required.

For more information on our roof maintenance and repair services in Huddersfield and surrounding areas, call us on 01484 866 772.