When was the last time you had a look at the roof on your house? It’s one of the parts of a building that we don’t give close attention to, yet it is also one of the most important. The roof is there to protect your home – and you and your family – from the weather, and to keep your home insulated and warm in the cold months. It’s an integral part of the home, but it is not without its necessary maintenance. There are many different types of roof, but it is essential to understand that none last forever.
How long does a roof last? That will depend upon the type of roof you have. A standard shingle roof – as an example – will last between 20 and 30 years, if kept well maintained and checked regularly. So, as we asked at the beginning, when was the last time you had a look at your roof? The chances are it was some time ago, as you don’t often look up there! It’s easy to notice problems with walls, windows and doors that you encounter every day, but the roof is out of sight. What can you do to check everything is fine?
What to Look for When Checking Your Roof
The first thing to do is take a walk around your home, and have a look at your roof; if you can, use a pair of binoculars. The shingles or tiles should be lined up neatly, and there should be no obvious gaps. Also, check the gutters by eye and see if you can notice anything obviously awry. Look for broken sections or parts that do not match, and make a note of them.
If you can, take a look around after – or during – rainfall. Look for overflowing gutters – a sign of blockage or broken gutters – and check that the downpipes are flowing water through them. If not, you have a problem with your guttering. This can lead to pooling of water on the roof, which in turn can lead to more problems, not least leakage into the house itself.
If you do see problems of any kind, it is recommended that you get in touch with a local roofing contractors who will attend your property and check over the roof in detail. Do not leave it too long as the damage will escalate, leading to further maintenance or even essential roof replacement.
Replace or Repair
The roofing contractor will be able to tell you whether it is best to replace the existing roof, or whether it is economical to repair. In some cases, the latter may not be the best option, and if you are in an older home and suspect there may be problems with the roof, it is certainly worth getting the professionals out to have a closer look and tell you what is required. Get in touch now, and put your mind at rest by ensuring your roof is not damaged beyond repair.