Introduction: Regular maintenance is essential for preserving the integrity and longevity of your felt roofing system. By staying proactive and addressing minor issues promptly, you can prevent costly repairs and prolong the lifespan of your roof. This blog post will provide a comprehensive felt roofing maintenance checklist outlining yearly tasks to help you keep your roof in optimal condition.

Annual Inspection:

  • Schedule an annual inspection by a professional roofing contractor to assess the condition of your felt roof. They will check for signs of wear, tear, or damage, including cracks, blisters, loose seams, and punctures. Early detection allows for timely repairs and prevents minor issues from escalating into major problems.

Clean Gutters and Drains:

  • Clear debris, leaves, and other obstructions from gutters, downspouts, and roof drains to ensure proper water drainage. Clogged gutters can lead to water backup, damaging the roof structure and compromising the waterproofing integrity of your felt roofing system.

Check Flashings and Sealants:

  • Inspect flashings, sealants, and caulking around roof penetrations, vents, chimneys, skylights, and other protrusions. Look for signs of deterioration, such as cracks, gaps, or missing sealant. Replace deteriorated sealant and repair or replace damaged flashings to prevent water infiltration.

Trim Overhanging Branches:

  • Trim back overhanging tree branches to prevent them from rubbing against or puncturing the felt roofing membrane. Falling branches and debris can cause damage to the roof surface and lead to potential leaks. Maintaining a clear perimeter around your roof helps protect it from external hazards.

Clean and Treat Mold or Mildew:

  • Clean the affected areas using water and mild detergent if you notice any signs of mould, mildew, or algae growth on your felt roof. Avoid using high-pressure washers, as they can damage the roofing material. Apply a fungicidal treatment to inhibit future growth and preserve the roof’s appearance.

Inspect Insulation and Ventilation:

  • Check the insulation and ventilation in your attic or roof space to ensure proper airflow and moisture control. Inadequate ventilation can lead to condensation buildup, which may affect the performance of your felt roofing system and contribute to premature deterioration.

Address Ponding Water:

  • Monitor the roof surface for ponding water areas, especially after heavy rainfall. Ponding water can accelerate roof degradation and compromise the structural integrity of the roof deck. Ensure proper drainage by correcting low spots or installing tapered insulation to facilitate water runoff.

Conclusion: Regular maintenance is key to prolonging the life of your felt roofing system and preventing costly repairs. By following this yearly maintenance checklist and addressing issues promptly, you can ensure that your roof remains in optimal condition and provides reliable protection for your property.

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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 Crawley Roofing Repairs