The roof is one of the most important parts of your house but as we run in and out of the house trying to keep up with the pace of our busy lives, not many of us spare a though for looking up and seeing if you notice any problems or damage.
Inspecting your roof fairly regularly and attending to the minor repairs as soon as you notice them is a great way of keeping some potentially much larger bills away and a well-maintained roof is a big positive when the time comes to sell your house.
Here is a look at some of the signs of wear and tear or damage that you need to look out for on your roof.
Inspecting your roof
The general advice from experts like The National Federation of Roofing Contractors is that you should aim to inspect your roof twice a year, in the spring and in then again in autumn before winter sets in.
The easiest place to start is actually on the inside, so you need to grab a torch and make your way into the loft.
What you need to look for are places where the roofing appears to be sagging or if you can see any signs of water damage or evidence of leaks. Any unusual dark spots or places where you can see the light coming through the roof should be noted and checked by a roofing contractor.
Once you have completed your inspection on the inside it is time to try and safely inspect your roof from the outside.
Avoid putting yourself in any danger by trying to climb up where it is not safe or accessible but try to get a good view of the roof from a vantage point so that you can check for any missing tiles, damaged flashing or any other abnormalities such as blistering, which may need attention before more serious damage occurs.
Also examine the gutters and drainage areas to make sure that they are not blocked or broken, which may be diverting the excess water where you don’t want it to go.
Get an estimate
Regular inspections mean that you will get the opportunity to spot small problems often before they escalate into big ones. The key is not to ignore what your eyes are telling you and get an expert to come round and give you an estimate and a professional opinion as to what the problem is and what is needed to fix it. Advice from expert local roofers can go a long way and help you decide on a solution.
A roof will not last forever however well you look after it and there will come a time when it has reached the end of its useful life and no longer provides the protection that your property needs from the elements.
A leaky roof can often be fixed but remember that roofing work can be dangerous and it is also not that easy for even a DIY enthusiast to carry out repairs to the standard required so that your home remains protected.
Carry out regular inspections and don’t ignore the signs of damage or wear or tear as it could end up costing you more in the long run.
Stephen Biggs has a passion for home refurbishment. He enjoys blogging about basic questions and concerns for home maintenance and construction.