Introduction: A well-maintained roof protects your home from the elements and ensures its structural integrity. Felt roofing, known for its durability and reliability, requires regular maintenance to maximise lifespan and prevent costly repairs. In this blog post, we’ll discuss essential maintenance strategies to help you extend the lifespan of your felt roof and keep it in optimal condition for years to come.

Regular Inspections:

  • Regular inspections are the cornerstone of felt roof maintenance. Schedule inspections at least twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall, to assess the condition of your roof. Look for signs of damage, such as tears, cracks, or blistering, and address any issues promptly to prevent them from worsening.

Clear Debris:

  • Keep your felt roof free of debris, such as leaves, branches, and dirt, which can accumulate and trap moisture. Regularly use a broom or leaf blower to remove debris from the roof’s surface. Pay special attention to areas around roof drains, gutters, and flashing, where debris accumulates more frequently.

Check for Ponding Water:

  • Ponding water, or water that collects and remains stagnant on the roof’s surface can accelerate the deterioration of felt roofing materials. Inspect your roof after rainfall and look for areas where water tends to pool. Address drainage issues promptly by clearing clogged gutters and ensuring roof drains function correctly.

Seal Cracks and Tears:

  • Over time, felt roofing may develop cracks, tears, or punctures due to exposure to harsh weather conditions or general wear and tear. Inspect your roof carefully for any signs of damage and seal cracks and tears using a high-quality roofing sealant or patching compound. Prompt repairs can prevent water infiltration and extend the lifespan of your roof.

Maintain Proper Ventilation:

  • Proper ventilation is essential for preventing moisture buildup in the attic space, which can lead to mould growth and roof deterioration. Ensure your attic is adequately ventilated for proper air circulation and moisture control. Consider installing ridge vents, soffit vents, or attic fans to promote airflow and prevent moisture-related issues.

Trim Overhanging Branches:

  • Overhanging tree branches can risk your felt roof, especially during storms or high winds. Trim back branches that hang over your roof to prevent them from causing damage to the roofing materials or obstructing drainage systems. Regular tree maintenance can help protect your roof and prolong its lifespan.

Professional Maintenance:

  • While many maintenance tasks can be performed DIY, it’s essential to enlist the help of professional roofing contractors for comprehensive inspections and repairs. Professional roofers have the expertise and tools to identify and address hidden issues effectively, ensuring that your felt roof remains in top condition.

Conclusion: By following these essential maintenance strategies, you can prolong the lifespan of your felt roof and protect your home from costly damage. Regular inspections, debris removal, addressing drainage issues, sealing cracks and tears, maintaining proper ventilation, trimming overhanging branches, and seeking professional maintenance, when needed, are key to preserving the integrity of your roof for years to come.

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This is a photo of a roof extension that is having new roof tiles installed. This is a photo taken from the roof ridge looking down a tiled pitched roof on to a flat roof. Works carried out by Godstone Roofing Repairs