While your roof is designed for longevity, it does not imply that it will be immune to damages. As your roof ages, it starts to succumb to the effects of direct exposure to the various weather patterns, which can affect the structure of your roof in various ways. Some of the damages include making it brittle, the formation of cracks and overall degradation. Therefore, it is prudent for all homeowners to know how to spot the early signs of disrepair so that the underlying problem is addressed before it gets a chance to become severely aggravated. Although there are numerous symptoms to be wary of, here are a couple of the telltale signs that would imply your roofing is in dire need of repairs.
The vents in the roofing have become compromised
In some structures, vents from the main structure will be incorporated into the roof to ensure adequate ventilation within the residence. However, these vents will deteriorate at a different pace from your roofing structure. As such, it is not uncommon to find that the gaskets and seals of the vents have gradually become compromised, posing the risk of leaks springing up in your roofing.
It is essential to have your roofing inspected from time to time as this will enable you to detect any damages to your vents early. With proper sealing, you can protect your roofing from being subjected to water damage due to these compromised vents.
The gutters have become clogged
Gutters tend to be overlooked by homeowners as they assume that they are self-cleaning. The reality is that although gutters are designed to redirect the flow of water and debris away from your roof, they are still at risk of becoming clogged. Blockages tend to be particularly common if the gutters have not been cleaned before the rainy season, which causes a significant amount of organic matter to collect inside them. Left unchecked, these dead leaves and twigs start to solidify, and this will hamper the movement of water.
As a result, water begins to collect within the gutters and spills over into the base of the roof. The additional weight of the solid matter can also pose the risk of the gutter seams coming apart, which subsequently causes further leaks in the structure. In the end, your roof, as well as the foundation of your structure, will be damaged. To avoid extensive structural damage, it would be prudent to have your gutters cleaned routinely as well as have the seams sealed on a scheduled basis.Share
5 April 2017
Hello, welcome to my roofing blog, my name is John and I live in Alice Springs, Australia. I recently moved out here with my wife and two kids to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. We bought an old farmhouse and are in the process of renovating it. The place needs quite a bit of work. One of the biggest jobs so far has been sorting out the roof. It was missing a few tiles and I couldn't decide if we should try and repair it or if it would be better to have it repaired. Thankfully, my neighbour is something of an expert. He came and inspected the roof and recommended that we replace it. He explain how roofing works and the benefits of using different materials. I have learnt so much, I decided to start this blog.