Rossendale Free Press - - Your Home -

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.

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