A new roof is often the best way to go if an old one needs regular attention No one wants a home with a leaky roof, so keep an eye on yours – if you can see some or all of the roof from the ground, you may be able to spot any problems (use binoculars if necessary).
Troubleshooting can be easier from inside the loft – being able to see daylight isn’t a good sign! It’s not unusual for roof tiles or slates to have broken, slipped or been blown off, and other parts of the roof can cause leaks and damp, too, including defective flashing, guttering and chimneys – in most cases, you’ll need a roofer to put the problem right. but a new roof is often advisable, especially with winter on its way.
As well as new roof tiles or slates, you’ll get new battens (for them to sit on), roofing felt and insulation (if the current insulation doesn’t comply with building regulations), which should make the loft and rooms below warmer and drier.
Different roof tiles or slates (planning restrictions may apply) can also help transform the appearance of your home. if you’re planning to put up a fence or shed while the weather’s still nice.
The new Fiskars PowerGear(TM)X Telescopic Tree Pruner UPX86 (RRP £122.99, fiskars.co.uk) is ideal, as it extends up to 6m, and has an adjustable cutting head (up to 230 degrees), so you can cut back tall branches (up to 32mm thick) safely from the ground. For thicker branches, you’ll need a chainsaw – the new Stihl MSA 120 C-BQ chainsaw (RRP £249, stihl. co.uk) is compact, cordless and very user friendly for DIYers. the blockage – or another problem, such as a faulty seal – is.
Use a watering can to fill the gutter with water if you think there’s a problem but it’s not raining.
To stop gutters getting blocked, consider fitting gutter guards, which block debris but still allow rainwater through.