Keeping your roof in top working condition is very important for the health of your home. If your roof isn’t effectively doing its job, then it can begin to leak, sag, corrode and eventually require a complete replacement (which can be a costly service). If you notice your roof is looking a bit tired and old, a restoration could bring it back to life. A restoration is much less expensive than a roof replacement, and brings your roof as close to its original condition as possible. Read on to find out what the top 9 signs are that you may need a roof restoration and how to inspect your roof and home.
1. Leaking roof
If your roof is leaking, this is something that you just cannot ignore. A leaking roof should be repaired as soon as possible to avoid damage to other parts of your home. Sometimes the signs of a leaking roof are quite subtle, and may be as unobtrusive as water spots on your exterior walls or small water stains on your ceiling. Often the signs are very noticeable and can include water dripping from above or water streaks covering your walls.
If your roof is leaking it’s important to seek professional help as soon as possible to determine the cause as roof leaks can cause massive damage to your home.
2. Broken or cracked tiles
If you have broken or cracked tiles on your roof, you may soon have a leaky roof. The tiles are a waterproof shield for your home. If the tiles are broken, then this protective shield is unable to effectively keep water out from under the tiles and leaking into your home. Water getting in underneath your tiles can damage the roof to the extent that a complete roof replacement is required.
3. Sagging roof
A sagging roof is caused by a weakened roof structure, usually the roof rafters. The cause of the weakness is often damage over time from a leaking roof. If the water is not running off the roof properly, there may be a problem with the valleys and junctions. If they are not able to direct water away they can leak into the underlying structure and cause damage.
Rust or corrosion is often a sign that water is not running off the roof in the way that it should. A build up of water around the roof fasteners can cause rust, rotting timber and flaking paint.
5. Damaged roof valleys
Roof valleys are where two sections of a roof meet. Water is channeled down via roof valleys. Rusted roof valleys can occur from poor installation or a build up of debris over time, causing water to pool. When valleys are rusted or damaged, they need to be replaced to ensure that your roof is water tight and rainwater can be channeled effectively into your downpipes and drains.
6. Mould or rot
Observing mould on your roof means that you may have a roof leak. Not only is mould unsightly in your home, it could be damaging your family’s health. If you find a patch of mould on your ceiling, it most likely means that a water leak is providing the perfect humid, damp breeding ground that mould needs. When mould is growing it can eat into the surface it is attached to, causing it to weaken. Mould left to grow can cause a great deal of damage to your home.
7. Cracked or worn roof flashing
Lead flashing is used to help the roof’s water drainage system. It covers any join which could be an entry point for water. Over time, with age and regular wear and tear, flashing can become cracked. These cracks can be an entry point for water into your roof structure, causing damage and leaks.
8. Roof looks faded
With exposure to the sun and weather events, your roof will inevitably lose some of the protective coating and it will begin to look faded and unlike its original colour and glossiness. It is impossible to avoid the exposure to the sun and weather, but keeping an eye on the appearance of your roof means that you will notice when small cracks begin to appear. Left unchecked, those small cracks will grow into bigger cracks, eventually damaging the roof structure and/or causing water damage to your home.
9. Visible damage on the roof
Gaping holes or damage from hail storms are very obvious signs that you need a roof restoration, or in some cases a roof replacement. Even if the damage to your roof appears obvious, there may be other more subtle problems that you haven’t noticed. For this reason, we recommend that you work with a reputable roofing company to inspect the damage and provide you with a quote and 10 year warranty for the work to restore your roof.