Every part of your home will need maintenance at some point. The likes of doors and windows, for example, do not have an infinite lifetime, and systems such as plumbing, air condition, and electrics will need attention as components reach the end of their lives. But what about the external areas of your home, those that take the full force of the elements over a long time?
In particular, we want to talk about the roof. The problem with the roof is that it is up there, largely out of sight, and we simply expect it to do its job. That job is not only to protect us from wind, rain, snow and even the sun, but also to provide insulation and to ensure that rainwater is disposed of correctly. Here’s the problem: no roof will last forever, so let’s have a look at how your roof may become damaged, and how to tell when you need repairs.
How Does a Roof Become Damaged?
You can talk to local roofing companies for advice and they will be able to tell you if your roof is nearing the point where it may need attention. Be aware that roof repairs are rarely a sensible choice as a DIY project. There are inherent dangers in being at a height if you are not experienced, and your temporary repairs could in fact make things worse. How do roofs become damaged? Here are the main causes:
- Storm damage that dislodges shingles or tiles.
- Age-related deterioration.
- Water damage from pooling water thanks to broken or blocked guttering.
- Moss growing on the roof can lift tiles and shingles.
- Snow in heavy fall areas can also damage the roof.
Each of the above – and there are more possible causes of roof damage – is repairable, but if you leave things too long there may be further damage to the inside of the roof that results in expensive repairs. How can you tell if your roof needs repairs?
How Can I Tell if my Roof Needs Repairs?
After a storm take a walk around your home and look for the following:
- Dislodged tiles can be spotted by using binoculars and often by fragments on the ground.
- Overflowing gutters are a sign of blocked guttering and downpipes and need attention urgently.
- Moss can clearly be seen growing on the roof and is best cleared away.
- Loose guttering and fittings need attention.
We also suggest that, if possible, you get into the loft space and look for light shining through – a sign of dislodged or broken tiles – and for signs of damp.
Do I Need a Replacement Roof?
There may come a point where it is not economically viable to repair a damaged roof and the only option is a replacement. Your local roof repair professionals will be able to assess the state of your roof and give you advice as to whether it can be repaired or needs replacing, so get in touch now if you have concerns and arrange for them to visit.