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    Hold onto your roof!

    You cannot deny that the Bristol weather so far has been nothing short of depressing with the constant rain and wind unleashing itself on us. Having this week spent most of my time sorting out customers leaking and broken guttering, arranging their fence panels to be put back up and fielding tradesmen to hop onto roofs to check damp issues.

    I thought I would share with you a great article written by a national insurance firm on what you can do to avoid any costly repairs and how to be prepared if this spell of weather continues. Checks you do now could prevent the costly consequences of neglecting a leaking roof – damp, rot and rain-damaged ceilings and walls, and house contents – a pretty extensive list!


    1. Get your roof checked out, trying to balance on a ladder is not a good idea, you may be able to ask nicely if your neighbours can let you look out their windows as a vantage point. Borrow some binoculars and zoom in on potential trouble spots.
    2. On pitched roofs, look out for split, loose or missing tiles or slates. Remember that even a hairline crack can result in major damp problems later, so you can’t ignore wear and tear. Check also the cement around the ridge tiles and if there are any holes have them re pointed. Firm ridge tiles will protect your roof during high winds.
    3. And don’t forget about your chimney – come the winter they can take quite a hammering from wet and windy weather. Check that the pointing is intact.
    4. By their very nature, flat roofs – not uncommon on extensions – can be particularly vulnerable to heavy rainfall. Make sure waterproof covering isn’t cracked or coming away.
    5. Guttering should be absolutely clear – autumn and winter will fill it with leaves and other muck. Overloaded and overflowing guttering means damp walls. Check the state of gutters and drainpipes – for example, rust holes on metal and problem patches on PVC.
    6. Have a poke around the loft, too, and test timbers for damp. While you’re there, measure your insulation. To be really effective, it should be topped up to 270mm thick for glass wall, 250mm for rock wall or 220mm for cellulose.

    If you are unsure or can spot a potential problem then contacting an expert builder or roofer will not only identify problems but will be able to correct and put right any issues you might have. Don’t forget to do your homework and check that whoever you use has experience in this field and comes recommended – word of mouth goes a long way!!


    Thursday, 14 Jun 2012

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