A felt roof is a great way to protect your home from the elements. The material offers excellent insulation and can be installed on buildings of all shapes and sizes. In this blog post, we will cover how to maintain a felt roof so that you can enjoy it for years to come!
It is important to carry out the following checks every 3-6 months to ensure that your roof is in good shape.
- Check your roof for holes or tears. These can be repaired easily with a strong adhesive and some felt patches.
- Inspect the nails that hold it down, ensuring they are secure and won’t come loose in high winds. If any need to be replaced, use galvanized steel instead of copper or lead ones.
- Remove any debris such as leaves, moss, dirt, and twigs that may have accumulated on your roof. You can do this by hand or with a hose, but take care not to damage the felt.
- Hose down any moss you find growing on your roof if possible as this will prevent water from finding its way in under the insulation layer of your building.
Common Felt Roof Issues to Look Out For
In some cases, felt can be damaged by animals. This is especially the case with birds that are able to peck through it or find their way into your roof space. You may also notice signs of rodent activity in your attic if this has happened before.
Mould Growth – Felt roofs are often susceptible to the growth of mould. This is because the insulation layer has broken down and moisture can get in between it and your roof tiles, leading to mould infestation which can be very difficult to treat.
Rotting Wood Beams – The beams and frames that hold up your roof are also susceptible to damage. If they have been affected by water or mould, this will weaken them and cause the timber to rot away over time.
Damp – A damp feeling inside your home, specifically on the higher levels of your house, is often a sign of water damage. If you notice this, it could be because the felt on your roof has decomposed and broken down, leading to leaks that are difficult to spot with the naked eye.
Get in Touch With a Professional
If you’ve decided to maintain your felt roof yourself, we hope the information in this blog post has helped. If you don’t know how to maintain a felt roof yourself, contact our team at Multiform Roofing who can do it for you, reach out today!