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Top Tips

Up on the Roof

Kevin McCloud gives advice on how to keep your roof in shape.

Damaged Roof 1. Ladders lofts and roofs present particular hazards if in doubt use a surveyor or a reputable builder

2. Inspect your roof twice a year from ground level, binoculars can be helpful, a neighbouring property may be a useful vantage point

3. Inspection through the loft access trap may show daylight penetration possibly caused by missing covering or damaged flashings

4. Debris on the ground from broken slates tiles or shingles indicates that there may be a problem

5. Have missing tiles slates or shingles reinstated before damage occurs to roof timbers or plaster ceilings

6. Moss can block gutters and retain moisture which may damage the roof covering in frosty weather, careful removal is advisable

7. Hips ridges and flashings can become detached in windy weather if pointing is not maintained. Look in gutters or gullies for signs of mortar droppings

8. Leaning chimneys or pots may need attention, seek expert advice.

9. Where a fuel fire is used check for smoke exiting through brickwork or at base of pots. Pointing and reflaunching may be required.

10. Many roof coverings such as lead or thatch require specialist repair. Do not use unskilled labour or quick-fix materials as these will cause greater long-term damage.

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