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The importance of looking after your roof

It is easy to neglect the roof of your commercial property – it is probably the one component of the structure you least expect would require regular repair and maintenance, and this is understandable, why would you scale the structure of a commercial building to inspect the roof, when there are more pressing issues to deal with at ground level? Unfortunately, this structural element is probably the most crucial. With further bad weather expected and the possibility of snow as early as next week, now has never been a more ideal time to arrange a professional gutter maintenance service.

How to notice roof damage

The first indications that your gutters are damaged or are performing poorly, from an internal perspective, is the appearance of water stains on the roof, a buildup of puddles and or structural debris on the floor. The second indication would be the development of algae on the roof, as a result of the combination of rotten leaves and moisture originating from a blocked gutter. This will be noticeable due to the discolouration it will cause to the roof, and should only be inspected from ground level. At this point, there will be considerable damage to the roof. If you are unaware of a roof inspection within the last six months, suspect damage, or it has already escalated to the point of algae formation, contact us for an emergency gutter repair.

Why schedule regular gutter maintenance?

The purpose of a roof is not only to shelter and protect the lives of those within, as well as the valuable contents from weather and theft, but it also acts as a support for the external walls of the structure. Lack of gutter maintenance and general roof repairs will lead to the weakening of the roofs resilience to the external elements, threatening the integrity of the entire property, and its contents. The greatest threat is the accumulation of algae, as, by this point, erosion of the material of the roof has begun. Algae does not only aid in the deterioration of the structure, but it also prevents the reflection of sunlight, leading to an overheated commercial or industrial property. If the purpose of the building is to keep its contents cool, then it is particularly important to ensure regular gutter maintenance to prevent the formation of algae. Additionally, if your property receives visits from clients and or customers, the appearance of algae is off-putting and reflects poorly on the business.

Many choose to ignore the need for gutter maintenance, despite the service being more economical in the long-term. Once the buildup of algae commences, without treatment or extraction, the roof usually only lasts up to six months before it needs to be fully replaced – this timescale is escalated if weather conditions have been poor. Depending on the size of the commercial property, a new roof can cost in excess of £100,000. Furthermore, a roof damaged as a result of gutter neglect will default on its warranty. Insurance companies also have the ability to cancel their policy if they suspect gutter neglection is a cause of the damaged roof. Whereas a twice-yearly gutter maintenance service will ensure the longevity of your roof gutters at an attainable price.

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