Your roof is the first line of defence against rain, hail and blistering sunshine. That’s why your roof is made with durability and longevity in mind- but that doesn’t mean it will last forever! Over time, even the best roof will need repair in order to stay strong and protect your home from the elements.
In this post, we’ll take you through 6 signs that your roof needs repair!
1. Inside Damage
This one might sound obvious, but it’s important not to dismiss any signs of deterioration that you see inside of your home. Look for dark spots, trails that indicate leaking and other signs of water damage. These are big signs that your roof needs repair.
Water damage is a good indicator that there’s problems in your roof, so it’s vital that you act on this the moment you see any signs of leakage.
The earlier you can catch a leak, the more money you will save in the long run!
2. Sagging Roof
If there are any signs of a sagging roof (either from inside of your home, or outside), it’s critical that you get your roof looked at immediately.
When sagging is already visible, you might need a roof replacement. That said, the earlier you can catch it, the better your chance at a roof restoration being able to fix your home.
This might not seem like something to look out for, but it’s critical when timing your roof repair and replacements. An older roof (from about 10 years old), is going to start needing more regular repairs.
If your roof is older than that, you should definitely consider getting it restored (if you find yourself with regular leaks and issues). A roof restoration is an extensive process and should last you many, many years!
If you need more information on roof restoration, take a look at the Roof Restoration page on our website.
4. Damaged Tiles
When you start to see signs of cracked or broken tiles they need to be replaced as soon as possible. While tile roofing is typically quite durable, it’s important to make sure that you replace any individual tiles that are cracked or crumbling.
Cracked tiles let in water, and the timber that holds up your roof can get damaged if too much water starts to get in. This will result in a much more expensive repair down the road, so act quickly.
If you need more information on roof repairs, take a look at the Roof Repair page on our website!
5. Bedding and Pointing
What is bedding and pointing? On a cement or terracotta tiled roof, there are tiles called ridgecaps which sit on the peaks of your roof. These are attached by morta,r which we call bedding. Pointing is what you see on the side of the ridgecap, which is a flexible compound (in older roofs it’s coloured mortar). This system holds the ridgecaps down on the roof and prevents leaking and weathering to inside the roof.
These materials tend to break down over time and can create cracking along the pointing and in some cases having larger pieces of cement fall out, causing gaps and holes in the roof.
If you start seeing evidence of these issues, then you may need the damage assessed and repaired to avoid water damage into your roof cavity.
Corrosion is typically seen around metal fittings and fasteners. If you start to see any signs of corrosion or rust around your gutters or fittings, you should get that checked out. One thing to look out for is flaking paint on metal fixings, and rotting timber near the area. If you start to see this type of damage to your roof, it’s important to get these fasteners and fittings fixed and replaced as quickly as possible. Roof repair prevents a bigger problem down the road and is a critical part of restoration.
If you see any of these signs your roof needs repair, you should schedule an inspection immediately. Typically, an experienced roofing company can help you avoid a costly roof replacement, as long as they get to the problem in time.
Roof restoration can range from replacing tiles and fixing flashing, to a more intensive process that looks at all areas of your roof health.
Remember to check up on your roof at least twice a year, and visually inspect it for damage. If you see any signs of potential problems, call in the experts immediately.
Here at TopGlaze, we’re offering FREE inspections to our valued customers. The roof is one of the most important parts of your home. We want to help keep it in good shape!
If you have any questions about the process and the health of your roof, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at 1800-887-798.
Alternatively, fill out the form on our website, and we’ll get in touch with you as soon as we can. When it comes to your roof, don’t wait for the problem to get bigger.