They are the words that no homeowner wants to hear: I’m afraid you need a new roof. It’s an expensive, time-consuming project that will drain your emergency budget. The key to avoiding this costly repair work is to anticipate problems early. Learn to spot the warning signs of a damaged roof quickly. The faster you catch the problem, the quicker (and cheaper) it is to fix. In this post, we’ll run through the most common indicators of roof trouble.
With a good eye, you can keep a check on the state of your tiles and the timber. Doing so will keep the overall structure and stability of your home in check. The roof is of particular concern for older properties, where years of structural integrity can slowly be compromised. If you live in a new property, there shouldn’t be too much to worry about. Having said that, don’t neglect these tell tale warning signs.
Stand back from your property and glance up at the roof. If the tiles appear to be sagging in the middle, it suggests your beams are no longer strong enough. They are slowly collapsing under the weight of the tiles. As the roof bears the burden of weather, storms, and the tiles themselves, this is to be expected. So long as you catch this early, you can strengthen the beams and avoid a major replacement job.
When there is water seeping through the roof into your home, it’s a clear sign of trouble. The roof is designed to stay watertight and prevent liquid from entering the home. If you begin to notice damp and mould in the upper corners of your rooms, it could suggest roof problems. Make your way into the attic and inspect the integrity of the tiles and structure. If there is clear evidence of leakage, call the professionals.
We spoke to the expert roofers at Iron River Construction for information on this article. They said the earliest sign of weakness is loose or wonky tiles. They can become dislodged during particularly strong winds but it suggests a deeper structural issue. It could mean a fault in the concrete holding the ridge tiles in place. It could suggest a complete shift in the roof. It may not be dangerous now, but it could pose a bigger threat. More importantly, this needs to be repaired quickly as it may fall and injure someone.
Light shines through the roof
Take a quick look in the loft or attic. If you can see light creeping through the roof tiles, you’ve got a problem. Again, it may just be a small crack of light, but it could be the first sign of weakness. It suggests the roof is no longer watertight and this vulnerability could expand further. Cracks and gaps will also reduce the energy efficiency of your home. Get advice from a professional and don’t let the problem worsen.
With a good eye, you can keep a check on the state of your tiles and the timber. Doing so will keep the overall structure and stability of your home in check. The roof is of particular concern for older properties, where years of structural integrity can slowly be compromised. In fact, the specialists at Ohio Roofing Solutions Ltd claim that “The first thing that may indicate a new roof is necessary is the age of the roof.” If you live in a new property, there shouldn’t be too much to worry about. Having said that, don’t neglect these tell tale warning signs.
If you spot these tell tale warning signs early, you can avoid a full scale roof replacement. But, rest assured, left untouched, they will worsen and become a costly job. Take half an hour to inspect your roof this weekend and call a professional if you spot an issue.
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