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Getting your roof ready for summer – Great tips for sunshine DIY!

Spring is well under way, and summer is just around the corner. The coming months are generally very busy for the property industry, with many people looking to optimise on the weather and sell while their homes are looking their best.

It’s important for your property to project the best possible image to a potential buyer. So we've decided to compile a list of a few summer slate roofing care tips you can complete over the coming months to help push your property’s selling price in the direction you want to see it go. Summer weather can take a toll on your roof, and it’s important to remain mindful of taking proper care of it during this time.

1. Large fluctuations in temperature can potentially warp your slate tiles supports and coverings. One of the first things to do when it really starts warming up is to walk around your home or property and note down any irregularities in the eaves and supports of your slate roofing. This could be a sign that the supports of the slate tiles are starting to age or perhaps worse, deteriorate beyond the ability to repair.

2. When walking around your property, also check to see if there are any noticeable black marks, discolouration or streaks on the surface of your slate roofing. These unsightly blemishes could indicate that your roof is being damaged by mould, fungus or algae accumulating on its surface. This problem is one of the more regular problems we encounter when renovating slate roofs, and something we come across quite regularly in the wider roofing installation industry. Slate tiles and terracotta tile roofing utilise porous materials and as such, over time, if not cared for correctly these materials can be susceptible to growths such as moss taking a hold on the surface. This is especially the case in more humid areas of the country, so for a city such as Sydney, it is especially important to inspect your roof regularly for unwanted plant life and growths taking a hold on your roof.

3. Sydney summers bring with them summer thunderstorms. If your roof is over 50 years old, or you suspect it is ageing badly and faster than normal, take your brolly out during a heavy storm and inspect the gutters, fastenings and tiles/sheets to ensure they’re not being severely affected by the heavier downpours. If you see a loose shingle here, or a leaking hole there, make a note of it and when the weather clears up you can take action to fix the problem. Water leakage and wind damage are one of the most important things to watch out for when caring for your roof. These things can damage your roof and cause rates of deterioration to be sped up faster normal.

With the summer property market heating up it’s vital for your property to remain in the best possible condition. By following these few simple steps, you’ll be well on your way to ensuring your slate tiles remain in fantastic nick for many years to come.

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