A Health Check for your Roof

We may not think about our roof much, if at all, but for such an essential part of the structure of our home, it pays to give it a once over every now and then to ensure it’s still in tip top condition. Prevention is normally better, and less expensive, than cure so discovering any potential problems early on could save you a big headache. Here are some common roof problems that can occur:

Leaks

This is one of the most common roofing problems and can happen for a number of reasons. Leaks can be spotted by seeing moisture and damp in the loft area. Moisture under the roof can lead to mould and rot which can cause serious problems in left unnoticed and unrepaired for any length of time. If damp has spread to weight-bearing rafters then you’ll need an expert roofing specialist straight away. For Flat roofing Evesham, visit http://www.lwroofing.co.uk/

Broken Tiles or Slates

Stormy weather and high winds can lead to tiles becoming cracked or blown away completely. Whether the slates are fixed with nails or wood, corrosion over time will lessen their grip and result in slates become more easily damaged by weather conditions. Sometimes all you need is to replace one or two tiles but a roof in poor condition may need a complete re-roofing job.

Water Pooling

If there are signs that have pools of standing water collecting on your roof then this is the sign of something not working correctly. It might be caused by excessive debris building up in the gutters and affecting drainage. If you see any ‘ponding water’ on a roof then call in a professional.

Trees

Trees that grow too close to your property and overhang the roof can lead to damage. The tree limbs can rub the roof, gradually wearing away at the protective layering. Bad weather can also make them more likely to snap and fall and the shedding of leaves can excessively block gutters and lead to drainage issues. Trees in close proximity of the house should be kept well-trimmed or removed.

Badly installed flashing

Flashing is sealing that covers areas where an opening is needed in the roof, for example, vents, chimneys and extension joins. Any problems with the installation of this flashing means there could be openings and broken tiles, letting in moisture unbeknownst to you. Flashing also deteriorates over time which could also cause open seams to appear where you don’t realise.

Poor ventilation

Ventilation in a loft space is crucial and vents should be installed at roof’s base, to enable cool air to enter and at the top, for warm air to leave. If this system is not functioning correctly for any reason then an excessive build-up of moisture and heat can occur damaging your insulation and rafters will harmful increases in damp and mould issues.

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