Unless you are a pilot the roof of your house is probably the piece of the building that you look at the least. Despite this, along with the foundations, it is one of the most important and critical parts of your home. It keeps the rain and the elements out. It keeps thieves and at bay. It insulates, and it acts as a brace for the walls, helping to ensure their stability. Yet despite this the roof, and in turn the ceiling space, get very little love and attention. The house will be painted. Rooms will be renovated. The garden will be overhauled, but seldom, if ever, does anybody pay attention to their roof. Which is not ideal, because a roof needs to be looked after. In case you have never thought much about this, here are a few things you might want to consider
Tiles deteriorate, and they need to be looked after. When they were first installed your roof tiles would have been a vibrant colour, uniform in their patterns and unbroken. Time causes wear and tear; it is inevitable, and the tiles will fade. Even the hardiest of terracotta tiles will slowly become washed out and faded. This is where you need to consult with a roofing expert. A quick search online or in the phone book for something like roof restoration Blue Mountains should be enough to find you a contractor who will be able to come in to respray and seal the tiles and replace broken or damaged pieces.
Check the thatch
If you are lucky enough to live in a property with a thatch roof, then you are probably a little more familiar with the maintenance and work required to keep a roof intact. If you have recently moved into a house with a thatch roof and you have not been warned, let’s make it clear here: that looks good and it smells great and it gives a house an air of grace and vintage beauty. But thatch is also a fire hazard and a roof that requires very regular maintenance. The thatch needs to be replaced at least once every ten years – perhaps more often. It is something that simply cannot be ignored.
You need to be constantly vigilant and aware of what is going on in and around your roof. Birds like to live under the eaves. Trees grow close and damage the tiles and gutters. Ants and termites can wreak havoc. These are all dangers that need to be looked out for and sorted out as soon as possible. You might think it is sweet housing a family of pigeons in the roof, but it is a slippery slope that needs to be stopped and stopped past. The same applies to trees, which are fantastic things, casting shade and providing shelter. But boughs that are too close to the roof will break tiles and can cause untold damage in storms. You don’t need to remove the tree completely, just get a tree surgeon in to cut off the offending branch and the sanctity of your roof will remain.