Reasons to Call a Contractor to Check Your Roof

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Roofs can develop all sorts of issues that require a roofer to investigate. While it may be tempting to ignore problems, they'll inevitably worsen and cost more in the long run. After all, holes, hanging bits, and rust don't fix themselves. The following are several common reasons to call a contractor to check your roof.

Roofing Leaks

Roof leaks are a significant cause for roof repairs. The tiles may have shifted out of place or else cracked, or metal sheet roofing may be rusty or loose. One weak spot for water leaks is the flashing, which is the rubber or metal material that covers the joins between the roof and elements, such as vents and chimneys. Sometimes the flashing can rust or become loose, allowing rain to flow into the roof cavity. Water and moisture can rot timber beams, insulation, and ceiling plaster, and lead to mould growth and infestation.

Non Functioning Gutters

Storm and gales can rip guttering away from the roof, especially if its heavy with soaked leaves and debris. Water that's not efficiently flowing along the gutters then can flow out either side. It could leak into the ceiling and cause damage in that area. Alternatively, it could travel down the external wall cladding and into the garden. If the walls are weatherboard, they can rot and warp. Other cladding materials will likely be affected also. Your landscape and patio could be spoiled as well, with muddy water splashing onto the paving and outdoor furniture.

Mossy Terracotta Tiles

Moss can grow on terracotta tiles and cover the roof. While you might find the look pleasing, in some areas, it can cause moisture damage to develop. Plus, it makes the roof dangerously slippery for anyone cleaning the gutters or undertaking roof repairs.

Regular Inspections

A regular roof inspection can detect issues before they escalate. For example, roofers can check tiles for chips and cracks that could worsen to leaks. They can evaluate metal roofing for corrosion, especially in weak spots where the sheets overlap. Discovering rusting in these areas when it's just beginning is treatable by placing a slip-sheet between the metal sheeting. Other key areas they can check are the ridge caps, to make sure the embedding mortar is not crumbling and falling away. Also, they'll examine the flashing. By catching problems quickly, you'll prevent them from spreading and worsening, which can save you money in the long run.

For more information, contact a local roofing service.