Your roof is an important part of your house, one of the most important of all. It’s there to provide you with adequate protection from rain, snow, wind and also the sun. It’s important to remember that while it should last 25 to 30 years, your roof may need maintenance in that time. It takes a lot of wear and tear during its lifetime and there is plenty scope for damage with a roof.
In the article that follow we will talk about how to check your roof for damage without putting yourself in danger, and why you need a professional roofing company to tackle any repairs that might be necessary. Let’s begin by looking at how to check the roof.
How to Check Your Roof for Damage
How often do you take a look at your roof? The answer is probably never! That’s not unusual as a roof is up high and out of the way. However, it does pay to check it every now and again. The best time to take a walk around the outside of your house and examine the roof is after a storm, and here’s what you should be looking for:
- Overflowing gutters are a sign that they are blocked or broken. The problem with this is that the water will run down your walls and cause damp. There may also be pooling on your roof as a result of water not being able to run away as it should. This can seep between the shingles on the roof and cause damage. If you see any signs of gutters not doing the job they are there for, you need to call the professionals.
- Missing or dislodged shingles or tiles are a common problem after a storm, and they need replacing or repairing as soon as you can. This is not a job for DIY as you need to be up on the roof to do it. The professional roofing contractor will have the right safety equipment, insurance and expertise.
- Moss growing on the roof can also cause problems as it may lift the tiles and let in water. The roofing company will know the technique to use to remove moss without causing further damage.
We also recommend that you take a look in your loft space. Should you see any signs of daylight coming in that needs to be dealt with too as it should not happen.
Why You Need a Professional Roofing Company
It is dangerous to climb a ladder high enough to get on the roof without the correct safety equipment. This is why, as mentioned above, DIY is not the way to deal with roof damage. Find a local roofing company that you trust. Ask friends, family and colleagues for recommendations and talk to them about their services, work they have already done, and ask for a quote for anything you think needs repairing or replacing. The quicker the better, as leaving damaged roof tiles will only cause further problems.