Most people forget about their roof until water starts dripping from the ceiling. There is a need for a bi-annual roof inspection to catch signs of damage in their early stages. Early inspection allows homeowners to carry out repairs or replace the roof before damages get out of hand. A damaged roof can cause harm and damage to property. It can cave in as a result of neglect or old age. Here is a list of signs to help you know when to replace your roof.
A sagging roof is an indicator of structural damage. Such a roof can collapse at any time. Sagging is a result of water absorption through cracks and poor installation. Ice and snow can also cause sagging especially in areas that experience winter. The weight accumulates on the roof and may overwhelm the structural design.
To prevent roof sagging, ensure that water on the roof flows well. Also, purchase quality and durable roofing materials and enlist the services of a professional to install the roof. The roof design should be able to take the weight of the roof fittings, snow and ice.
It’s ironic that the roof can suffer water damage yet it’s installed as a barrier to the elements. When it comes to water damage the flaw lies in the building material. Roofs are designed to keep water away from core structural areas in the build. When water finds its way to these delicate areas, the integrity of the structure is compromised. During installation, all structural fittings must meet construction standards and the materials should be durable.If you want a guarantee, leave your roofing to professionals.
Moss and Mould Growth
Growth of moss and moulds is a sign of a neglected roof. Secondly, it is anindication of aging. The growths create cracks that force roof tiles apart and allow water to seep through.
Examine your roof and look for indications of rotting tiles, mildew or moss. If you do not deal with the problem immediately, fungi and bacteria will grow, which will damage the roof. When you have several mould patches, it is time for a roof replacement.
Flashing is a covering material that is placed on protruding objects on roofs such as vents and chimneys. Its function is to prevent water from reaching the seams which experience more significant runoff. Galvanized steel and aluminium are the best materials to make flashing materials as they are impenetrable by water.
Flashing damage is a result of extreme weather conditions that cause oxidation of the flashing material. When the flashing is loose, it can allow passage of water into ceilings and walls. As a result, there is an accelerated growth of mildew and mould inside the house. Also, when your roof structure absorbs water, the wood rots and may lead to a collapse
The age of your roof is another thing that you should consider when thinking about a roof replacement. A roof lasts between 25-50 years, depending on the material used on the roof. However, the roof may not reach its intended lifespan due to factors such as climate and weather conditions. A roof in an area that experiences snow and hurricanes will not last as long as one under calm weather conditions.
Protecting your family from injuries caused by a collapsed roof is essential. You can do this by having regular inspections to avert damage. Professionalism to fix and prevent damages.