When to get a Roof inspection? – 7 issues to look for
People in general take a look at their roof in the autumn, before a long winter sets in. Unless you can see visible leakage, checking your roof 3 to 4 times a year is worthwhile. Roofing material is subject to wear and tear and is your first line of defense from down pours of rain, wind and storms. For the average home it is a good idea to check your roof after any extreme weather occurrence. Because every region of the country has different weather patterns, it is a good idea to know what to look for, and what to expect when it comes to looking after your roof. A roof that is neglected can cost you much more than what it normally would in terms of damaged roof boards, studs, and even interior ceilings and walls. Here, we will look at how to check your roof, how to gauge the damage and when to get the professionals in to get it expertly assessed.
What to look for
The first and most noticeable sign of the need to have your roof inspected is visible signs of leaks that will show up on ceilings. When water stains become apparent the chances are your roof may have been leaking for quite some time. As water ingresses into the roof cavity of your home it is normally taken up by the vast amount of timber in the roof and is also taken up by ceiling insulation. The causes for leaks can come from numerous sources and on many occasion it may not always be what seems obvious. At this stage it is therefore important to engage a professional to thoroughly inspect the roof.
Here are our 7 key points on what exactly to look for and be aware of:
1) If you see a leak and can’t see where the issue is straight away call a professional.
2) Tiles that have visibly faded not only look unsightly but more than likely don’t have the capacity to repel water the same way they did when the coating applied by the manufacturer was put on.
3) Look for lichen growth making the tile dangerous to walk on. As a safety precaution homeowners should avoid walking on roofs covered with moss or lichen, leave it to the professionals.
4) Cement or mortar coming away from the ridge caps is also a major reason for leaks and should be attended to by roofing professionals as they have access to products suitable to do the job that will ensure longevity and that they are water tight they can also ensure that caps that require weep holes are done correctly.
5) Check flashings on the roof. Flashings are the metal pieces in a roof that cover interruptions in the roof, such as around chimneys, doormers, and vent pipes. If there seems to be damage, fix these problems right away, or call a roof contractor and have them fix problems.
6) Always inspect under eaves and overhangs to look for damage that might indicate water leakage, especially at points of the roof that don’t conform to the regular roof plane, such as dormers or skylights. Taking the time to do a thorough inspection on a regular basis will save you a lot of money in the long term.
7) Climbing and walking on roofs is a hazardous situation and should be left to professionals that are fully aware of the hazards involved. If you have any doubt whatsoever for your safety please call for some simple advice.
Ultimately your roof is your main barrier and protector to all the elements so it deserves attention. If you ever want to discuss any problems or questions that you might have please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 1300 36 70 70.
The Roof Seal Team