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Having a strong roof is important, but ensuring a sturdy roofline is something that can be easily forgotten.  Your roofline is designed to protect your property from water and drainage issues and will need a little maintenance every now and then.

Why is your roofline so important?

A weak or damaged roofline will result in no end of problems for your property. It can lead to leaks, weak guttering and possibly mould.  That is why you should ensure you give your roofline a little TLC from time to time.

What does a roofline consist of?

This depends on the type of roof your property has.  You may have a tiled, slated or an flat roof, and there will be various parts available for each. The majority of rooflines consist of the following:

Gutters

Made from simple half piping, gutters are positioned underneath the edges of your roof.  It collects rainwater, allowing it to run off your roof.

Fascia’s

A fascia board is mounted where the roof meets the outer walls of the property. It is designed to carry the weight of the gutter.

Soffits

The soffit board is installed directly underneath the fascia board.  It is visible from the street and serves both an aesthetic and functional purpose. A soffit board can be ventilated which will allow airflow into the property.  Alternatively, ventilation can also be provided over the top of the fascia board, depending on your preference.    

Bargeboards

Bargeboards have a significant impact on the aesthetics of the exterior of your home.  They refer to the fascia’s that are located at the end or side of the properties roof. They are designed to protect the roof timbers.

Protection from the weather

You should always protect your roof and roofline from weather damage where you can.  Your roof is vulnerable to the elements and can be costly to fix should any damage occur.  So, here are some tips on how you can prevent weather damage to your roof.

Check on your trees

Tall trees, hedges and bushes should be checked regularly. For example, if you have overhanging tree branches, they can fall and put holes in your roof.  Excess leaves will eventually drop off and potentially clog up your guttering.

Regularly inspect your roof

It is important to check your roof often. Especially if there has been adverse weather such as strong winds and storms.  Look out for bubbling.  This could be a sign that there is a build-up of water beneath the surface and missing shingle.

Ventilate your roof

Ensure your roof is properly ventilated.  This will keep your roof secure and shingles shouldn’t fly off during strong winds.

Add roof insulation

By adding insulation, you will not only be making your home energy-efficient, but you will also be protecting your property from water damage.  For example, during the colder weather, it may snow.  Eventually, that snow will melt. If it is cold enough it will then refreeze. During this process, the water can soak through to your home.  To have repairs carried out on your roof, caused by water damage, can be costly.

Protect your roofline from rot

When your property is exposed to the rain, snow and wind, the roof is at risk of developing rot and mould.  However, if you have consistent airflow, the damp won’t develop.

You roof will look tidy

Your roofline will have an effect on the way your property appears.  A decent looking roofline will change the aesthetics of any property.  You can change the colour or design to suit your taste.

Should you require any additional information, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist.

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