5 signs your roof needs some TLC
This blog post will go over our top 5 signs that your roof is in need of repair. A few will sound obvious, but you would be amazed at the amount of times we've conducted work on a badly damaged roof that a customer has known was failing, but put off repairing until the damage was tenfold.
As previously mentioned, roofs are often left untouched until serious damage is done internally, usually through severe leaking or in some cases collapsed roof structures. 9 time out of 10 there would have been a number of warning signs before the damage was done, that if acted upon, could have saved the property owner money and unnecessary stress.
At CB Roofing & Building we always urge our customers to act on signs of a failing roof structure before any serious damage is done. Often, the thought of having to spend money on your roof is undesirable, but it is a vital component of your property that can not be overlooked.
DAMP PATCHES ON CEILINGS
As we mentioned, some of these may sound obvious, but we have been to plenty of properties where this issue has been overlooked, or covered up, instead of investigating it further. The majority of time, these watermarks are often worse in heavy rainfall, and can be caused by a number of issues with the roof. If you start to notice damp patches and watermarks appearing, it's worth investing your loft space if it's possible, and if you require an expert do not hesitate to contact a professional. At CB Roofing we will always perform a thorough assessment of your roof structure and space before recommended any work.
2. HOLES IN YOUR FELT
Holes in your felt can be caused by a number of things, for example, a broken tile could have pierced through the felt, or the felt is old and has degraded over time. What ever the reason, if you have holes in your felt the rooms below the holes are at risk. A quick inspection of your loft space can identify this issue. You may be able to see light coming through the hole, or there may be a sag in the felt. This issue is very common and if acted upon can be a straightforward issue to resolve.
3. SAGGING ROOFLINE
The roofline comprises of your facia, soffit, cladding and guttering that sits immediately below the roof and the eaves of a property. You may have noticed your guttering isn't performing, or there is obvious decay to the facia. Issues at the roofline are common, and this is because the weakest points of any structure are at the joints, and your roofline is likely to have quite a few. Often a quick visual inspection from the ground is enough to spot issues with your roofline, or if you're feeling brave enough on a ladder, take a closer look from higher up.
4. LOOSE HIP & RIDGE TILES
We conduct a lot of work in the North Leamington and Cubbington area, and due to the age of the properties in this part of town we often see this issue. You may have noticed the cement has started to come away from the bed of the hip, or your ridge tiles are starting to look uneven, both signs your roof structure is starting to fail. Again, this is a relatively straight forward issue to resolve, but if left untouched to worsen, can cause a serious about of damage to your roof if water is allowed to pass through.
5. A SAG IN YOUR ROOF
A sag in your roof is a gradual process, and can be caused by a number of issues. Flaws in the original design of the roof can sometimes cause a weight-related sag, which is often due to undersized rafters. A sag in your roof does not automatically mean your roof is about to collapse, but if left untouched can sometimes be the end result. We always advise customers to get on top of this issues at the earliest opportunity to not only give peace of mind to the customer, but to also save money in the long run, as the last thing any homeowner wants is there roof collapsing.
We hope there's been a few useful tips within this post, and if you're worried about any aspect of your roof structure, please don't hesitate to get in touch.