We know this may sound slightly bias, but it goes without saying that the roof is one of the most, if not the most, essential elements of a house. Without the roof, your house would be nothing more than a pile of bricks, a set of walls, and floors, and more importantly completely exposed to the elements.
You rely on your roof to take care of you and to protect you and family from the dangers and weather outside. Because of this, it is important to ensure your roof is well maintained and in good working order, no matter what life might throw at it. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever and eventually there will come a time where you need to replace your house’s best friend – the roof.
If you are wondering whether that time is now or soon, we have compiled a list of five warning signs that might signal it is time to call Duraseal and replace or at least repair your roof.
5 Tell Tales You Need A New Roof
If you notice there are parts of your roof that sag or dip alarmingly, this can be a bad sign. Sagging is generally a symptom of structural damage in your roof such as inadequate bracing, inadequate spacing or a full structural failure. If you notice sagging on your roof, you need to contact Duraseal as soon as possible.
Flashing Is Deteriorated
If you have any exposed flashing on your roof (such as around your chimney), check it when you inspect your roof. If there are any loose, cracked, or deteriorated sections, then those areas should be repaired. If you notice leakage or water stains in or around any of these joints, you may have a more severe problem, depending on how long the flashing has been leaking. Moisture can cause rot and if it has infiltrated your house, you may have structural roofing damage.
Moisture Damage In Your Roof
Moisture is the enemy of houses made in the UK as most have wooden components and moisture can eventually lead to rot and eventually structural damage. Check your attic for signs of moisture leaking in from your roof in the form of mould, mildew or watermarks on the wood.
Roofing Damage Over Time
What type of roofing material do you have? What was its estimated lifespan when it was installed? If you have a roof that was installed over 20 years ago, chances are you may need a new roof. Look for aging warning signs such as curling, pitting, brittle, cracked, or chipped tiles. If more than one third of your roof’s tiles look to be in bad shape, then you will need a roof replacement.
Missing Roof Tiles
A few missing roofing tiles do not often mean a full roof replacement but depending on how many are gone and where they were pulled from, it may mean severe damage to your roof. Any missing slate or roof tiles are a warning sign, because it might mean that the wind has pulled up a great deal (even if they are still in place), and may have let water in, potentially damaging the wood below. Look especially for missing tiles around roof valleys, as these are the areas where rain and snow collect as they slide off your roof. Missing tiles here will mean leaks and often, greater damage.
If you notice any of these potential warning signs or are unsure of whether it might be time for a new roof, don’t hesitate to contact Duraseal today!