Fix the roof when the sun is shining...

It might sound like something your grandmother would say, but let’s face it, grannies usually know best. And, just as a stitch in time really can save nine - or even more - the old saying about roofs and good weather really does hold up.

But why should you? Tradespeople are a tough bunch and can work in all weathers, so it’s not like you’re doing it to keep them from getting soaked. No, the reason it’s worthwhile is because you want to try and fix issues before it causes you real problems.

Fixing the roof when it’s raining means the water is already getting in, ruining your beams, insulation, and box of old Christman decorations stuck in the loft. Fixing it when the sun is shining is prevention, not cure - it means your fairy lights get to stay in perfect working order.

We’re all guilty of leaving things until it’s too late. We all have so much going on, it can feel difficult enough to keep on top of really pressing issues, let alone plan ahead for the issues that haven’t cropped up yet. But being organised on this stuff saves you stress, and money - not to mention giving you a feeling of smug satisfaction that nothing else can quite match.

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Roof tiles and flashing

Our roofs are built to last. They’re our home’s literal first line of defence against incoming weather, and they have to be tough. But they’re not invincible, and over time, the elements take their toll on our tiles.

There are lots of warning signs you should keep an eye out for. Any damp patches or dark marks on upstairs ceilings are telltale signs of a long-standing issue with water getting in, but there are more subtle signals to be aware of.

Loose flashing - the lead strips that help connect and protect things like chimneys and skylights with the rest of the roof - is a problem that should be fixed, while moss or lichen building up on tiles can also cause issues, as its growth can cause tiles to spread apart.

It’s also worth going into the loft when you can to check the interior lining looking for any damage, and seeing if you can spot any light coming into the roof space.

Experienced roofers can check your roof inside and out - or even with a drone - to make sure it’s all in good order, and fix any issues if they come to light.

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Gutters

Autumn is the classic time to clear out gutters, as falling leaves clog up the channels and spouts, letting water back up and spill over to damage our walls.

But a lot of the autumn build-up is actually exacerbated by dirt and debris accumulating in our gutters over summer, meaning that clearing out your gutters now can really pay off down the line.

Gutter specialists get very busy from September onwards are they deal with blocked and broken pipes and those damaged by wind and storms, so getting in early is definitely a smart move.

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Boilers

If you take one thing from the MyBuilder blog (though you should definitely take more from our excellent advice articles) it’s the value of regular boiler services. Do it once a year, every year. Go and set a calendar alarm to do it right now. We can wait.

Sorted? Good. Boiler services are vital. Boilers can keep going for more than a decade, but only if they’re well looked after and maintained, keeping them humming along nicely, providing you with all the heat and hot water you need.

You don’t want to find out you have a leak or low pressure or sludge in the system just when the temperature drops and you finally want to fire up your boiler - but for plenty of people, that’s just what happens.

They wake up one chilling morning and decide to treat themselves to a blast of central heating, only to find a silent, white machine in their cupboard, refusing to do a thing.

Like gutter specialists, gas engineers can find their phones ringing off the hook come autumn when the weather gets colder and more and more people find themselves desperate for boiler help.

Don’t be like them. Don’t let yourself be desperate. Book a boiler service today and know you did everything you could to keep your home warm and comfy.

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