With winter around the corner it’s time to check and prepare your roof for the rainy season. This is essential if you want to protect your roof and home from potential dangers and costly damage. Taking some precautionary measures will save you in the long run and also allow you peace for the coming winter. Remember that fixing/ waterproofing any roof during the rainy season is not only hazardous but extremely difficult as waterproofing bonding agents are unable to set in wet weather. Waterproofing will therefore always be compromised, so rather be pro-active.
- Inspect + clean and seal your gutters
The main function of gutters is to capture rainwater and direct it from your roof in the quickest and shortest way possible. When this function is prevented or stopped, you will inevitably be facing problems and costly damage. Water pooling on a roof will lead to subsequent leaks which will cause damage to the interior of your home. NB: Clear out all the leaves, branches, twigs and other debris from the gutters, and also check the downpipes are free and not blocked (tennis and cricket balls are a very common cause for this) Make sure that everything is tightly fitted and secured and that the gutter is not lose or sagging. If you are not comfortable seeing to the above approach a professional to do it.
- Trim trees around the house
Tall trees that hang over your house may contribute to the accumulation of leaves, branches and debris on your roof and in your gutters during the winter rains.
- Check your roof flashing
Sidewall and headwall flashings are probably one of the most important components of your roof when it comes to waterproofing. Any issues with the flashings will result in serious water damage. Rain and strong winds can cause the flashing to tear, loosen and to corrode.
Call DiDi Waterproofing out to do a thorough inspection if you are unsure of this.
- Check your roof screws
Loose, broken or corroded roof screws must be removed and replaced with new ones. This is extremely important if you have a corrugated roof (metal) as they need to be kept dry and tightly assembled if you want them to last.
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We are now able to service our customers throughout the lockdown period.