How do you know when your roof needs repairing? The secret is simple, to check its condition on a regular basis and make some simple, preliminary investigations, which in the long run will save you hundreds of pounds.
We’re going to be talking about that in today’s post, what should you be looking out for when checking the condition of your roof?
Check from the inside first. Start with your attic, so watch out for any sagging, dark patches, water, and of course, see if you can spot any sunlight shining through. These are all bad signs, and a good indication of your need to carry out repairs. It is important to consider hiring a professional, because DIY repair may cost you more money than you realise. If you get it wrong, you could be forking out more to repair the extra damage you’ve done yourself.
Ventilation is something else you should check. Poor ventilation within your attic will lead to a build-up of moisture and some condensation. Check all vents for any blockages and obviously remove anything that is blocking them, such as leaves or moss.
Are there any loose and damaged tiles on the roof?
Tiles do become loose, broken and cracked. You’ll need to inspect how bad it is so you can assess whether you need to call in a roofing expert. Always make sure you’re well prepared before you get up on a roof by using the right equipment. A ladder, safety harness, strain rope and shoes with a grip are all essential items.
If you’re going to try and repair the tiles, always remove them carefully first and then attach the new tiles and use an adequate roof seal to stop it from leaking. If you don’t have adequate equipment to go up on the roof, always hire a roofing expert who will have all this stuff to hand as part of his job.
Flashing consists of metal strips which seal objects on your roof, such as satellite dishes, skylights, chimneys and vents. Check these and make sure there are no gaps, if you do find any, use a safe, strong waterproof sealant.
If your gutters are damaged or blocked they can lead to serious damage to your property. Always check if there’s any water build up, or any leaks down the walls externally. Clear any debris you find in your gutters and also check that your gutters are securely fastened to the wall.
Any moss needs to be removed as the moisture from it can cause damage to the roof tiles. Wait until you’ve had successive days of dry weather and then simply use a brush to get rid of it.
We hope we’ve helped you today with our guide on checking the condition of your roofing. At J Gordon Roofing, we only employ roofers who are trained, experienced and qualified. If there’s any questions, if you’re unsure of anything, or if you’d like us to take a look at your roof, why not get in touch and one of our team can come and take a look.