Today i took half day off on company time to catch up on some networking and long overdue break from family & work. I registered for a half day seminar on the launch on the new “Code of Practice for the Design of Roof Drainage”. The talk was pretty dry and only merit a mention here because there are some tips on house buying that maybe of interest to fortunate people (outside this li’l island) & high net worth individuals here.
There was a huge outbreak of dengue fever last year and the major cause was traced to mosquitoes breeding in poorly maintained roof gutter. I don’t know how the govt agencies arrived at this cause but the statistic is quite worrying. The dengue fever cases last year was at an all time high of 14,200 as compare to 9,450 in 2004. So much so, Singapore had banned roof gutter with effect from 1 Nov 2005 and this rule applies to all new development.
So, the next time you buy a house, remember to look at the roof. If possible, choose one without roof gutter. It will save on maintenance and mozzies pesty problems.
On issues of maintenance, the advice which seems so logical & common sense, was to avoid planting tall trees or if you must, too near to your house. Otherwise it is prudent to maintain your roof gutter on a regular basis.
A lot of house owner would like their roof gutter to be hidden for aesthetic reason. Avoid at all cost this type of gutter design! Otherwise, when the gutter leaks, you will be slapped with a huge repair bill, not to mention the difficulty of maintaining such gutter on a regular basis.
Well, hope the above helps in your next house hunting trip!
Wuching, our self-proclaimed international kaypo, now you will have one more item to observe when peeping into your neighbour’s roof work 🙂