Show your Newcastle roofing the love and care it deserves.
Like any part of any home, your roof also needs some attention from time to time. Many homeowners take their roof for granted because repair and restoration could be a lot of work and money. But with the amount of protection your roofing provides, it does deserve a little TLC.
Some people don’t check their roof because it’s hard to access and you expose yourself to the elements while doing clean-up. However, catching a few small problems early will save you some precious hours and dollars in the future.
Here are five signs your roof requires some TLC for it to last longer.
· Your shingles are missing.
Do you look up and notice that a shingle is missing from your rooftop? Do you look down on your backyard and see pieces of roofing tile broken? This signal is something you shouldn’t ignore. Missing roof tiles means there might be a problem somewhere with your roof. It’s likely that your roof health is in a compromised state, and it needs help quick. Often, the primary culprit when this problem happens is the weather.
The harsh Australian sun, coupled with torrential typhoons and rain showers, can dislodge your shingles. It can hasten wear and tear and loosen parts of your roof.
Whilst one missing roofing tile is not a cause for panic, it does need some quick resolution. One missing shingle means a higher potential for leaks and roof damage. It can let water seep below the tiles, which can corrode more roof tiles faster.
Replace or repair the shingles as soon as possible, ideally once you see they are missing. If there is more ‘balding’ of your roof tiles, it’s better to call a roofing service. Someone who can provide a quick assessment of your roof situation should help determine the problem.
· Your home’s roofline is distorted.
Your home’s roofline describes the general shape of your roof. Specifically the fascia, antefixes, cladding, and bargeboards for your roofing area. If the general roofline of your home is starting to sag, your roof might need some quick care.
A sagging roofline can mean one of two things: a long-term leak issue or a structural issue. Leaks can damage the material under your roof, especially wood. Weakened or decomposing roof materials can change the shape of your roofline.
A structural issue is also possible if your materials are starting to bend under their weight. This issue can be severe and can even make a hole in your roofing.
As such, when your roofing contractor is up on your roof, they must look for areas with common issues, such as missing shingles, dented metal sheets, or cracked tiles. Make sure to have only a roofing specialist give you an assessment of the potential safety hazards of the droop.
· Mould and moss cover your roofing.
The presence of mould and moss is among the most common roofing issues. While moss looks good on rocks and stones, it’s the last thing you want for your roof because this seemingly harmless growth can destroy your roof.
Moss can seep into your tiles and break them apart. It can also grow between the gaps of your roofing tiles, which then dislodges the tile. Moss can also trap dirt, which will hasten the wear and tear for your tiles.
Having mould is a different kind of problem. Mould can cause allergens and weaken your home’s biodegradable parts, including wood and drywall. Mould is a severe health risk, especially if it’s on your roof or ceiling.
If you see signs of moss, clean it as soon as possible. Pull the moss out, scrub the areas where you find it, and use a roof cleaner. As for mould, it’s best to check with a trusted local roofing service for this work.
Mould can be extensive. One small patch can create a vast network on your roof area, especially the roof space and attic. Talk to a licensed roofing tradie to see who can help reduce any potential mould damage.
· Your ceiling space is a mess.
When was the last point where you popped you head into the ceiling space? If the answer is never, now should be the right time to do so. Checking your general roof space should be a habit because any interior damage inside your attic can be a problem.
The ceiling space is there to act not only as location for insulation but as a buffer zone too, working as a separation between your roof and ceiling. So, any damage on your roof will not spread immediately around your ceiling.
It’s always smart to make sure that there are no problems inside your ceiling and roof space. Look for signs of water damage or leaks. See if any outdoor light is showing inside and make sure to remedy any issues as soon as possible.
· Your flashings have water leaks.
Many roofing contractors get calls to fix flashing leaks on the roof. The flashing of your roof system helps water to drain away from your home. Whenever you have rain or snow, the flashing is there to help remove water from your roof.
Thus, proper, tight flashings on your roof are crucial. From your vents and chimneys, to your skylights, flashings should have no damage whatsoever.
As a tip, check around your soffits or your facia for any signs of water damage. Visible damage around these areas is a clear sign of gutter apron or roof damage. Faulty flashing allows water to pool, which can cause significant water damage.
Have your flashings checked by a licensed roofer at least twice a year. A semi-annual inspection will make sure that everything is tight around your roof. If possible, you should have your roof checked at the start of spring and the start of fall.
Give Your Roof Some TLC by Letting a Newcastle Roofing Professional Inspect It
Your roof deserves all the love in the world as it’s your frontline protection against the elements, especially the harsh Australian weather. Giving your roof area the TLC it deserves now can give it a longer life.
If you have a roof problem that is far beyond your skill, talk to a roofing professional now. Ask for advice on how you can keep your roof in tiptop shape and give it more years.