Makeover Your Roof for Winter

Makeover Your Roof for Winter

The roof is the most integral part of any home. It is what provides us with warmth, protection and stops us from experiencing the elements outside.

Our roof is the most important part of the home to keep maintained. Eventually you may find that you want to update the roof of your home to make it more secure. Before your choose to undergo roof maintenance, make sure you take in the following tips.

 

Do your research



Make sure you really take the time to look around when you are trying to find the builders for roof maintenance. Many people make the mistake of choosing a roofer solely on the price point, but actually this isn’t always an accurate measure of competence.

Ask around your family and friends for who they would recommend. Try visiting sites such as certainteed to see if your builder has got a good reputation in the field.



Strip It



You’ll have to have the old roof taken down and stripped ready for a new one to be installed. The big advantage about having your roof stripped ready for the builder to come in is that they will be able to install different layers of installation to protect your home from harsh weather conditions as well as stop damp getting into the house.

If you have the original wood shingles up in the attic you will need to get on some steel trestles and get those removed too to make way for the new roof. It is at this point you may decide that you want a roof window.



Good Quality



The roof isn’t like other parts of your home. You will only need to replace the roof every decade or maybe even less depending on how well they last. This is why it is crucial that you save your money and really fork out for the best quality roof. It isn’t a job that you want to be redone any time soon so make sure it doesn’t have to be. You can even buy 50-year-shingles if you can afford it.


Read The Small Print



Roofing requires a lot of different paperwork. This is most likely because it is an incredibly crucial part of the home. Everything needs to be planned well in advance and needs to be of the highest standards.

You will likely need a building permit if you have work going on outside the home, a contract between you and the builders to make sure you get the best deal and you understand the terms. This is what you need to take the time to read over to make sure that you are 100% happy before going ahead with the work.




Make Sure They Clean Up



Whatever you do, don’t pay the roofers until they clear up the nails they have stripped from your roof. As they strip the old shingles, up to 10,000 nails can come with it and scatter around your garden. This can be dangerous for your children and animals if they don’t get picked up.

 

Roof maintenance is the key to a healthy home. If you maintain it properly, it won’t need replacing as often. It’s a job best for the summer so that you’re prepared as we move into the colder months.

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2 Comments

  1. December 10, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    Our home is so cold at the moment, I’m pretty sure it’s down to the roof and lack of installation. Unfortunately as we’re renting there’s not much we can do as we’re renting but if we’d bought it I would definitely be using these tips to sort the roof out.
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    • sarahaelsley
      December 10, 2017 / 5:17 pm

      Ours is terrible and we never thought to look at the insulation when we bought. Definitely hoping to get it fixed over Christmas.

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