Your roof is understandably, one of the most essential parts of your property. Not only does it provide additional structural support for your home, but it also provides essential protection from the elements! Without a roof not only would all your possessions get ruined, but you and your family would likely be very damp, cold, uncomfortable and have no privacy. This is why it is important to keep on top of roof repairs.
Fortunately there are a few common signs you can look out for to help you identify potential problems early, not only will this help you keep your roof in tip top shape but can also save you money on more costly repair bills down the line if problems aren’t addressed quick enough. With this said we do recommend you only carry out checks from the ground level or inside your property, for health and safety reasons you should only climb a ladder if you are fully competent to do so.
There are a few different components that make up the exterior of your roof, such as, tiles, guttering, rafters and flashing. By familiarizing yourself with these components you will be able to better identify any problems and easily relay to a roofing contractor what the issues are. You should keep an eye out for the following signs that may indicate your roof is in need of a bit of repair work:
Tiles – observe the condition of your roof tiles and look out for any that are, cracked, damaged or missing. Broken or missing tiles can lead to leaks within your property which in turn can cause further damage so and missing or broken tiles should be repaired as soon as possible.
Flashing – Any flashing around vents, chimneys and joints should be closely monitored. If you see any damage to the flashing, then it needs to be repaired as this can also lead to leaks and moisture within your property.
Guttering – You should regularly check your guttering for any broken roof tiles that have washed down or any other debris such as leaves and dirt as this can stop them working effectively. You should also check that the guttering is tightly secured as loose guttering is often an indicator of damage or deterioration.
Sagging – If your roof is showing signs of sagging, such as dips or damage to the structure of your roof then it is important to get in touch with your local roofing contractor as soon as possible before any further damage can occur.
It is not always possible to access the interior of your roof in some properties, so we only suggest you do this if it is safe to do so. You should never attempt to reach an area that is unsafe unless you have the adequate safety equipment to do so. If you can see or easily access your internal roof, then you should look out for the following:
Light Leaks – If you check the interior of your roof during the day and can see daylight through gaps or holes then you should quickly seek the help of a roofer to carry out necessary repairs.
Moisture and Mould – If when you check your roof you notice unexplained moisture or pools of water then it is likely that your roof is leaking. If you can smell a musty smell around your roof area or can see mould, then this is another sign that your roof is leaking.
Most roofs have a typical life span of between 15-20 years so if your roof is quite old then it is probably worth having it checked out by a roofing contractor that will be able to identify and or repair any potential problems.
If your looking for a reliable and experienced roofer in the Northwest, then contact Roof Doctor Ltd today – 01253 530771