One of the most important elements of any house is the roof. A clean, structurally secure and well maintained roof is essential for keeping your home safe. During normal wear and tear, the roof of our home is exposed to all types of weather, especially here in the UK.

A common question we often get asked by our customers is, “How can we keep our roof maintained?”

The focus for this blog is to give you practical and actionable advice that you can implement today in order to keep your roof well maintained for years to come.

Start with an inspection

Before you commence any work on or around your roof, it’s important to first have an inspection to assess the condition of your roof. We would recommend that you utilise the services of a professional company but you can approach this yourself, either using a pair of binoculars or a ladder, if you know what you’re looking out for.

The best time to inspect your roof, both from the inside and outside, is either in the spring or summer. Some of the things you should look out for include broken/missing tiles, light shining in through the roof and pest damage.

Replace damaged roof shingles/tiles

As soon as you identify any damaged shingles or tiles, you should look to have these replaced as soon as possible. Leaving aspects of your roof damaged and untreated can lead to more problems in the future such as water leaks, rotten wood and even pest infestations.

Keep your roof clean

Regularly cleaning your roof will preserve the lifespan of your roof and also the aesthetic aspect. Look out for moss that can build up over time and store water which damages your roof. Depending on how much moss you have built up on your roof, this should be fairly easy to remove and keeps your roof in good condition.

Maintain your gutters

Over time, the gutters around our roof can become full and cluttered with debris. If left uncleaned, this can lead to a build up of water and impact the effectiveness of the guttering system. As a result, water can get soaked into your roof which will cause long term damage. Therefore, it’s important that your gutters are regularly cleaned.

Trim overhanging branches

It is really important to ensure the area around your roof is clean and clear of obstructions. While we all love the greenery that comes with a growing garden, it’s always good to make sure large branches from trees are not impacting your roof. Tree branches can fall and damage your roof during a storm for example, so it’s important that trees are properly maintained to preserve the lifespan of your roof.


As we have seen in this blog, maintaining your roof is not too difficult when you know exactly what you’re looking for. Always start with an inspection within your loft and also on the outside of your roof as this will help you identify small issues that could be impacting the longevity of your roof.

While you can attempt to rectify some of the common problems associated with maintaining a roof, we would always recommend that you seek the assistance of a professional company. We have a number of years experience in treating and maintaining all types of roofs, so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about maintaining your roof.