Your roof is one of the most important structures that makes up your property. It offers extra support for your walls and protects the most important people and belongings in your life from exposure to the elements. Without a roof, you’d likely be very damp, cold and uncomfortable, which is why it should be considered a necessity to keep on-top of roof repairs. London and city-based properties, in particular, could be at increased risk considering the higher levels of pollution in cities that you wouldn’t want to enter your home.
Luckily, there a few signs and symptoms you can keep an eye out for which will help to keep the cost of any potential repairs down. However, it’s important to make sure that if you are checking either the inside or outside of your roof, you do so from the ground or floor level, only using a ladder if you are fully competent to do so.
There are a few different sections that make up the exterior of your roof, from the rafters and flashing to the guttering and tiles. Familiarising yourself with these can help you identify any problem sections and explain your findings to your roofing contractor. Keep an eye out for the following signs that could indicate you might need repair work carried out.
Tiles – Carefully scan your roofing tiles and make a note of any cracked, damaged, split or missing tiles. Missing or damaged tiles can lead to leaks in your property.
Guttering – Regularly check gutters for any sections of roof tiles that may have washed down and ensure guttering is secured. Loose gutters could indicate deterioration or damage.
Flashing – Pay attention to flashing around chimneys, vents and joints – this will need replacing if it has been damaged to prevent leaks and moisture getting into your property.
Sagging – Your roof should be sturdy with no signs of sagging. Should you notice dips or damage to the structure of your roof, you should get in contact with your roofing contractor as soon as possible.
Getting up to the interior of your roof may not be possible in every property and should only be attempted in buildings where it is safe to do so. You should never attempt to reach areas that are unsafe – especially without the proper safety equipment.
If you are able to see or easily access the interior of your roof, look out for the following potential warning signs.
Light Leaks – Check your roof interior during the day. If you notice daylight entering through large gaps or holes, you will need to seek roof repair.
Moisture or Mould – If you check your roof and notice small or large pools of water or unexpected moisture, your roof has likely sprung a leak. If you don’t see water but your roof area smells musty and you can see mould, you may also be affected by a leak or moisture coming in from the outside.
Roofs typically have a lifespan of between 15-20 years so if your roof is getting on in years, it’s probably wise to have a regular “health check-up” by a trusted roofing contractor. A well-maintained roof means a protected property!
If you require roof repair in South East London and want an experienced contractor, get in touch with the Chris Ball Roofing team today on 020 8291 3388.