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Do a visual check to ensure there are no missing tiles. Missing tiles are one of the main causes of leaks in a property. If you see a missing tile do not ignore it! Call a professional roofer to replace the tile or tiles as soon as possible. Make sure you are looking after your roof with regular maintenance as damage caused by general wear and tear is often the most surprising and costly. It may also be helpful to mention that often Insurance companies do not cover damage due to or caused by wear and tear/ lack of maintenance.

Damaged tiles should be replaced regularly. We recommend that this is completed after every winter, as often, the extreme conditions leave roof tiles missing or damaged. These are integral parts of your roof and having compromised tiles are often the cause of internal leaking. When left the felt and batons can be prone to enhanced levels of wear and tear which will require much larger restorations works than standard maintenance.

Keep surrounding trees maintained. Surprisingly, many roofing claims are caused by fallen braches from surrounding trees. Keeping the garden maintained is often overlooked when considering the potential for roofing damage but its not just larger branches tumbling onto your roof which you have to look out for. Smaller debris have the ability to fashion dams and collections of water which creates damage caused by a build-up of pressure and water. In some cases, the roofing structure is jeopardised and can lead to an ingress of water.

Damage to the lead flashing can be a major contribution to water ingress. The flashing at your property is generally found around the chimney, Velux Windows and at joints between meeting roofs. Lead is expensive and so is often stolen for resale, it is also subject to storm damage and wear and tear. Keeping the flashing in your roof might seem like a trivial task but by not committing to some regular maintenance an ingress of water can become the cause of internal damage. Recommended occasional re-pointing, renewal and regular inspection are just a few of the steps you can take in order to stop an emergency situation occurring.

Often gutters are not considered as majorly integral to roofing structures. A poorly maintained gutter will result in it becoming blocked and backed up with waste which will eventually lead to water ingress inside the home. Blockages can be caused by leaves, moss and other associated debris. If your gutters are left full then it can ultimately lead to collapse or failure. Gutters are also often damaged by strong winds. To prevent further damage soffits and facia boards must be kept in good condition to ensure that the gutter fixings are secure.

Chimney Stacks which are not used and correctly capped can result in an ingress of water. This happens when lead flashing or pointing fails and water travels down the chimney into the property. Working chimneys need to be regularly swept and cleared of blockages. Nests, leaves and other associated debris can compromise the use of a working chimney and result in fire.

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