If you don’t take care of your roof, then it can fall into disrepair. Some would argue that, structurally, your roof is the most important part of your home. If your roof does fall into disrepair, then gradually the rest of your house will begin deteriorating.
If your roof is allowed to significantly deteriorate, then it may have to be redone completely. This can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The easiest way to prevent your roof from deteriorating is to monitor it, and check for common roof problems. This article will tell you what to look out for:
Before we discuss common roof problems, let’s first discuss roof repairs and replacements. Over time, your home’s roof will begin showing signs of wear and tear. If left unchecked, this wear can lead to holes, gaps, and loose tiles. The roofing professionals at Techline Roofing say that while you can have your roof replaced, if your home is old, then a replacement may be necessary. As your roof ages, wear will become more frequent.
Constantly paying for your roof’s repairs can be very expensive. A replacement eliminates the need to pay for repairs and will save you a lot of money over time. With all of that said, a roof technician will talk you through your options at the time and suggest a course of action.
Leaks are the most common roofing problem. The difficulty with roof leaks is that they are hard to detect, and are often unnoticeable at first. In the very beginning, a leak will only affect your attic. Over time, mold will form, wooden beams will begin to rot, and holes will begin appearing in your ceiling.
Most roofing experts recommend checking your roof once a month for leaks. The best time to check is when it is heavily raining outside because water will pour through. Leaks can be caused by loose roof tiles, holes, and gaps.
Another common roof issue is bad ventilation. The cause of poor air ventilation is usually damaged gutters and soffits. Bad airflow can lead to dampness and moisture, which often lead to mould and wood rot. It is possible to fix ventilation issues yourself, although it’s usually best to contact a professional. Poor ventilation will not fix itself, so it will require repairs. If you leave it unchecked, then it will worsen over time.
Cracks and gaps can cause leaks as we mentioned previously. They can also allow birds and insects an opportunity to get into your home’s attic. In addition, cracks and gaps can contribute to further damage and your roof’s gradual deterioration. Cracks also cause heat loss during winter, which if you live in a cold climate can be very uncomfortable.
It’s very important to fix any cracks as soon as you notice them. It is technically possible to fix roof cracks yourself, although as with ventilation issues, it’s probably best to let a professional do it for you.
If you do decide to have your roof replaced, then you need to pick a qualified and experienced contractor. Poor roof installation can cause a lot of problems. The most obvious issue you will face if your roof is poorly installed is deterioration over time. You will be more likely to experience cracks, gaps, leaks, and loose tiles.
A poorly installed roof is also potentially dangerous. If there are any loose tiles on your roof, they can become dislodged and fall. If anybody is walking by your house, loose tiles can hit them and you can be held liable.
As we mentioned in our previous point, loose roof tiles can be very dangerous. Tiles can become loose for a number of reasons. The most common reason that tiles come loose is rain, wind, and extreme weather. You need to have loose tiles fixed by a professional immediately, because of the danger that they pose to pedestrians. Loose tiles can also allow rain in, which can cause structural damage to your home.
Mortar is a very important part of your roof. If mortar falls, cracks, or breaks away, not only can it be dangerous to people walking below, but it can also cause your roof to strain. This can lead to a lot of damage, and potentially even significant structural damage.
Damaged flashing, like with most roof issues, can lead to leaks and water getting into your house. Flashing is there to protect your home from water. If it is damaged it will not be able to do its job. Flashing can be replaced or repaired quite easily, by you or a technician. It is also very cheap to replace.
It’s very important that you take care of your roof. If you don’t then you will cost yourself a lot of money. The easiest way to maintain your roof is to have a professional check it once or twice a year. You should also monitor for leaks yourself, which you can do by climbing into your attic and looking around.