The roof is one of the most important components of a house. It protects you, your loved ones and your possessions from the elements. However, for it to remain functional, it calls for regular maintenance checks. Roofs also age and depending on the age and type, there will come a time where you’ll need to restore or replace it. Failure to do so only leads to further loss of its structural integrity.
But how do you tell whether the damage a roof has sustained is serious and it is time to call in the professionals? Well, the signs discussed below will come in handy in letting you know whether it’s time to get a roof restoration or replacement.
Every homeowner knows the importance of regular maintenance when it comes to having a functional roof. However, if you notice the paintwork peeling, be it on the inside or outside the roof’s exterior, then your roof is not in its best condition.
Damaged paintwork or flaking is not only unappealing but hinders the roof from protecting your house from the elements. This ultimately leads to expensive roof repairs or even being forced to install a new one.
Making sure that your roof is in the best condition will provide better protection, prolong its life and also add value to your property.
Cracks and Holes in Roof Tiles
Replacing cracked or broken roof tiles is imperative to ascertain the ongoing protection of your house from the elements. It only takes one damaged tile for water to start seeping into your house, which can then take a toll on your insulation and the blistering and staining of the ceiling.
Damaged roof tiles can ideally lead to mould growth, which takes just a day in moist and damp conditions. Mould likes to grow in wet areas like walls, carpets and insulation that has been exposed to water or moisture. The spores grow and spread rapidly, giving off a bad odour and a trail of stains. Wood can ideally rot when it’s exposed to water for an extended period, leaving your roof structurally unsound. Not only that, but your home might soon become infested with termites.
Signs of moisture inside your roof is a sign that the roof has been compromised. So, ensure you regularly check for leaking trails and dark spots as they indicate roof damage.
Structurally sound and well-protected houses ideally do not grow mould and rot, and so, if you start to see this on your ceilings and interior walls, it could be a sign of roof damage.
Corrosion is another indicator of a roof that could be leaking, so ensure you are on the lookout for that.
To avoid roof restoration or replacement, there are several elements that you should focus on as part of your roof maintenance routine. These include checking the downpipes and gutters for signs of damage, roof valleys, loose or worn material around vents, chimneys, pipes and other spots where the roof might have been penetrated.
If you’re still unsure about the state of your roof, contact Mr Highlights Roofing today and we will assess it for you!