Winter weather can really be a nuisance, and in the UK, many people experience their roof needing some form of repair at one time or another. Whether you need a DIY roof repair to give your home protection against the elements or just a general clean up, this article is for you. There’s nothing worse than coming home to find a mess, or to discover that a particularly nasty storm has caused a big hole in your roof. You might even have to go to greater lengths to keep the elements out, such as fitting new waterproof flooring to stop water running under your shingles.
To start off with, let’s look at your existing roof. If it’s a relatively modern house, then chances are it’s a composite shingle installation. If it’s an old house, then most likely you’re on a slate or stone roof which will be rotted, chipped or damaged. For both types, the key to repairing a damaged roof is identifying where the damage is and taking steps to remove it before you start laying the bricks or tarning the shingles. If you’re dealing with a damaged slate roof then firstly you must ensure that the slate has been properly installed, otherwise it will just sit there and crack over time, giving you a bigger problem further down the line. If you see any signs of water leakages, discoloration or rust on the tiles, then remove them and treat the area with a sealant.
If you’re going for a DIY roof repair, then you should be aware that different climates and temperatures will require different treatments. For example, if you live in a hot, sunny climate, your red brick house will probably do better with a layer of metalized roof covering. This will help the metal retain heat and prevent moisture from penetrating underneath it, thereby protecting your home from the extremes of both hot and cold weather. It will also give you some additional protection against termites. However, if you live in a colder climate, then a more natural-looking solution such as dried algae moss tar roofing may be appropriate.
If you’re planning to have a sloped roof added onto your house, then you should know that installing a wooden deck around your home is not only inconvenient, but can make a big mess. Plus, it will make your property look unsightly and bring unwanted attention from neighbours and strangers. If you’re opting for a slate or stone roof, then it’s recommended that you hire a contractor to carry out the job. With a sloped roof, it will be important to straighten the stones once they’ve been placed onto the roof and secured with screws. Doing it yourself can mean that you compromise the aesthetics of your property and reduce its value significantly.
When deciding on the colour of the grey roofing, you should think about the overall design theme of your house. If you want a more traditional property, then you can consider fitting an old-fashioned style home with white or cream roof tiles. However, contemporary houses can go well with different colours of roofing. For example, green roofs will suit a modern home, whilst blue will suit a traditional property. Furthermore, the colours you choose for your roof can also help bring together the different elements within your property.
Roofs made from slate are one of the most popular types of grey roof. Due to their durability, they’re perfect for homes that experience harsh weather. The downside is that they can be slippery when wet and snow, causing accidents due to skidding on wet surfaces. Slate roofs can easily be fixed by using waterproofing products to keep water from seeping through.
Stone roofing is another common type of roofing. This option is generally seen on bungalows and old-style farmhouses. As you may have guessed, a lot of care goes into maintaining this type of roof. Stone is extremely hard wearing and can last for many decades. However, they can be pricey, so if you want a cheap roof that will last only for a few years, stone might not be a good choice.
A grey roof can really bring a period feel to any house. They can help create an era of sophistication that you would find in Georgian style properties. Moreover, grey roofing provides an additional layer of insulation, helping you save on your heating bills. No matter what you choose, make sure that you get a professional to install it for you.