The roof is one of the most important parts of a house – or of any building – and it’s also the one that is expected to put up with the worst of our weather. No roof will last forever, no matter the material involved, and you may find that your roof needs to be repaired or replaced after a certain time. Fortunately, there are some obvious warning signs that your roof is in need of replacement so, to help you further, let’s run through five of the most obvious.
1: How Old Is Your Roof?
If you are buying a property, you need to check out how old the roof is. If you have been in the house a while, you should have an idea of its age. A good rule of thumb is that most roofs will have a usable age of about 25 years. However, this depends on where you are – and the prevailing weather conditions – and whether it has suffered any damage over the years. If you suspect your roof is older than 25 years, get an expert to have a look at it.
2: Heavy Plant Growth
Sometimes, plants growing on a roof – moss and other such plants – can add character to a property. They can also cause serious damage. If you are starting to notice accelerated growth of greenery on your roof, you need to have it checked out by a professional roof replacement expert right away. Plants retain moisture, and moisture can seriously damage the roof. As with all these tips, we’re not saying growth on the roof means it needs replacing, but that it might, and it needs to be inspected.
3: Sunlight in the Attic
It is recommended that, every now and then, you get up to the attic – a place many of us rarely go – and check for any signs of obvious problems. Sunlight coming through the roof indicates broken shingles or other damage, and this in turn leads to water ingress, and further costly problems. Check at regular intervals, and if you see light – or anything else obvious – get the experts in.
4: Sagging Rooflines
This can be a sure sign in both old and newer properties; if you see the ridge of the roof – or any other part of it – beginning to sag, then there is something potentially seriously wrong. Your roofline should be straight, and you need to get a sagging roof seen to as a matter of urgency. For the record, one cause of sagging roofs is allowing snow and ice to remain for long periods, so if you live where snow is a given in winter, make sure you clear it away.
5: Increased Energy Bills
If you notice that your heating or air conditioning bills are suddenly a lot higher than usual, it could be your roof is in need of attention as it is damaged. Once again, it’s time to get the experts in!
It pays to keep an eye on your roof, and make sure you get it inspected every now and then by a professional for your peace of mind.
6. Pests Are Getting Into Your Roof
Pests can enter into your roof when there are missing tiles or shingles that are insecure and beginning to lift or warp. Rodents, birds and insects are always on the look out for a warm environment with easy access to food and water supplies. If you want to solve your Hertfordshire pest control problem, a great place to start is to look at the condition of your roof.