Roofing Maintenance

It is difficult to know when you need a new roof, as a roof is not something you check every day. With so many other things to worry about it is easy to forget about maintaining your roof. However, not doing so can cause problems. You should check your roof at least twice a year to examine any signs of damage. This way you will be able to make any necessary repairs or replacements. If you find damages early this can save a lot of trouble and money. You could avoid potential dangers too. In this article we will go through warning signs that your roof could be in need of repair.

Mold and moss growth

It is important to check for mold and moss. If mold and moss has grown on the outside of your roof, then tiles might force themselves apart. This creates a gap that will let water in. Examine your roof and keep an eye out for tiles showing signs of moss, mildew or rotting. Take care of this as soon as you can, if it is left fungi and bacteria may grow. This will cause water damage to your roof. If you find many moldy areas a roof replacement may be needed.

Damaged flashing

Flashing is material that is placed around objects that protrude from roofs. For example, your roof vents and chimney. Flashing is made to prevent the movement of water into your roof by re directing the water away from seams where water runoff is larger. It is made from thin pieces of impenetrable materials such as galvanized steel and aluminium.

Flashing can be damaged from the caulking material under the flashing drying out or deterioration of the material. This is caused by weather and oxidation. Flashing can also come loose and cause water to seep, leak inside your ceilings and walls and cause damage such as mildew and mold growth and rotted wood which can cause irreparable damage to your structure.

Water damage

Water damage signs can be mistaken for something else quite easily. If you discover some damp patches in the upper floors of your room, then you may think you were suffering from damp. Mildew and watermarks can also be easily chalked up to water coming in from the window. Don’t be so sure about this. Your assumptions might be true, these signs may also mean your roof needs to be replaced, or at least have repairs. Even the tiniest watermarks and mold could imply water has seeped in from your roof, or that there is a crack or hole. When water damage signs are found, check your roof immediately. Don’t wait until further damage is caused, this could be costly and require you to have your roof replaced.

Light

You should make an effort to turn of the lights in the upper rooms of the house and look up at the roof sometimes. The best time to do this is sunset. This is because it will be dark enough inside with the lights off but bright enough outside for you to see light come through. Light coming in from your roof may mean you have holes and cracks in your roof. This needs to be attended to as soon as possible. Check your roof and try to figure out if repairs could fix the damage or if a roof repair is needed.

Lose roof tiles

When you do your annual roof check (which should be twice a year) have a look to se if any of your roof tiles are loose. You can do this by stepping on them and checking their state. This will help you assess if repairs are needed. If you spot more than a couple tiles missing or loose then you should think about replacing your roof. A weak roof with damaged or missing tiles could cave in on you, so take action fast.

During your annual roof check, check to see whether any of your roof tiles are loose. By simply stepping on them and checking their state, you’ll be able to access whether repairs are needed.

Domestic roof construction information

Fascias and soffits

What is the difference between soffits and fascias?

Fascias and soffits attached to your home do more than just create a nice aesthetic. They protect the inside of your property from the outside elements, keeping it insect free and dry. If you want to replace a soffit or fascia due to wear and tear of the existing systems, or if you are planning on selling your home and want to improve the appeal, there are a number of things to consider.

Soffits

Not every roof has a soffit installed but for ones that do it is easy to spot. A soffit is an extra covering that sits along the edges of your roof and the adjacent walls of a house. The idea is that it protects the rafter by sealing it in. In the past soffits were only made of wood but as it is usually the case with timber products, they decay and rot. This could spread fast and affect the structure of the roof. In the past decades, these have been replaced by upvc and aluminium versions. These are more durable and cost effective. They also do not suffer from the same issues that timber soffits used to.

Fascias

A fascia is a roof board that can be seen on the edges of rafters of the property. They are installed as a way to protect the roof and the interior of the building from the outside elements. They help to block out the roof tiling, water pipes and rain guttering that are attached to the exterior of the roof. Fascia’s play a large role in creating a pleasing aesthetic to the home.

What are fascias made from?

-UPVC

This is becoming increasingly popular as similar to soffits, the timber used for fascias is prone to decay and rotting. Installing a upvc fascia provides longer-term weather-proof protection. This removes the need to repaint the fascia on a regular basis and lasts for far longer, all at reasonable prices.

-Timber

Wood used to be the most popular type of fascia material found on homes. This can be many things such as spruce, fir, pine and more. This is then painted and primed, so it can withstand the outside elements. Part of the reason for its use is cost because homeowners will have to repaint the fascia often. This cost saving is lost over time.

-Aluminium

Like aluminium guttering, using material as a fascia offers long term benefits. One of the biggest let downs of using aluminium is the installation cost. UPVC is cheaper. As it will last a while you will have to invest more upfront, this is not always a preferred choice for people working with a tight budget.