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We don’t tend to even consider our roofs unless there is a problem and by the time we notice anything, a small issue may well have grown into a major headache.
A damaged roof can lead to damage that may go unnoticed at first. But once the water starts leaking into your home and you start noticing damp patches appearing on the ceiling and walls, you know that you have a problem. Once your roof fails to protect your home from the often wet and windy weather, any small problems can be amplified into major structural and costly issues.
Doing your own DIY on your roof is not recommended because of the safety issues of working at height. If you do suspect you have a problem with your roof you should check it out from ground level, using a pair of binoculars. If you can manage to access your internal roof space safely by getting up into the loft or attic you can check out any damage inside such as damp patches or obvious gaps in the roof where you can see daylight.
Roofing is a specialised and often dangerous job that is always best left to the professionals and it is always preferable to call in the roofers at the first sign of any damage. Your roof will not repair itself and if you ignore a small roofing problem it will only get worse in time.
Common roofing problems
Many roof problems are extremely quick and easy to remedy. One of the most common signs of damage is when a roof tile slips or becomes detached. This can be caused by simple bad weather such as excessive wind or rain so it might be a simple job to just replace the tile and your roof may be good to go!
However, if there are too many broken or missing tiles it may suggest a larger problem.
Tile fixings may become rusty
Loose or falling tiles can be caused when the nails that hold them in place become rusty and break away or the battens deteriorate. When this happens, you might need to have the nails replaced so that all the tiles are held firmly in place. You may need to replace the battens too in order to maintain the integrity of the structure.
Ridge tile slippage
Sometimes there can be a problem with ridge tiles. This type of roofing is very common in the UK and the design was actually first bought over by the Romans so it is a design that obviously works!
A ridged roof has overlapping clay tiles that fit together seamlessly so there are no visible joints making it extremely waterproof. These are held in place by mortar and topped off by a top row of tiles that sits along the apex of the roof. If tiles slip or begin falling off, it is most usually caused by the mortar becoming cracked or eroded. The solution is to apply fresh mortar to the area to ensure that the tiles are held in position.
Moss and debris
Sometimes interior damp may be caused by external factors such as moss and debris build up so having your roof cleaned professionally may be enough to remedy internal damp. That said moss and algae can grow under roof tiles and cause them to crack or break so if you do have a lot of moss on your roof, it is very important to remove it so that you can check out the structural state of repair and take steps to improve it.
Rotting or damp wood timbers
If your roof is letting in water it may be leaking onto timber supports and cross beams. You might not notice this if the leak is slight because the moisture may be being absorbed by the wood causing the beams to eventually rot if left unchecked for too long. This can be an issue in homes that have been left empty for a long time.
Most roofs are composed of a layer of tiles and a layer of underlay that offers further protection. If the underlay becomes damaged, you cannot see this from the ground level as it is hidden from view by the tiles. Once the underlay is leaking you often do not notice until the damp seeps through and becomes visible as damp patches inside. In many cases a roofer will be able to patch up the affected area but if left too long you will have to have your entire roof replaced.
It is hard to check out your guttering from ground level but defective guttering is one of the major causes of household water damage. Blockages or leaking joints are very easy to sort out and maintaining your guttering is a basic part of home maintenance that you should not overlook. Sadly many people neglect this until it starts causing dampness. The downpipe too can be easily replaced if it is broken but may lead to serious damage if left unchecked.
A sagging roof is not necessarily something you need to fix. Many old properties have sagging roofs and it does add character to the appearance of your home. However if the sagging begins to change in any way, you will need to take action as it could be a sign of structural damage.
The bottom line…
The bottom line is that if you notice any roof damage or suspect you have a problem the most cost-effective solution is to call in a professional roofing company as soon as possible. In many cases, a leaking or damaged roof can be repaired fairly easily but if you ignore it, it will only get worse and become more expensive in time.
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