The roof of a house is not something that you may pay much attention to, but an efficient, well taken care of roof is crucial to having a warm, leak-free home. It’s the most vulnerable part of a building’s exterior, especially in the UK where it will be constantly pelted with rain, wind and hail for most of the year.
A good roof will last a very long time and is unlikely to cause the occupants any problems. However, it’s important to keep an eye on your roof and intervene quickly when any problems arise, to prevent them from getting any worse. Here are some of the signs to watch out for that your roof might be needing some maintenance.
Water damage from the roof can be tricky as it can easily be mistaken for damp. Watermarks and mildew can be put down to water coming in from the window when it rains, but don’t be fooled. Water stains or discolouration can be caused by difference things, but your roof’s underlayment may be allowing moisture into the house. When you do find any signs of water damage, always check your roof is not the cause. If it is the culprit, get those repairs done as soon as possible.
Mould and Moss
Mould and moss might create a nice greenery aesthetic on a roof, but this seemingly harmless growth can cause roof tiles to force apart, which creates a gap to allow water to get it. This water can then leak into your home, causing more issues. Moss can be taken care of with a chemical treatment, or if you’re planning to replace your roof, you can use algae-resistant materials.
Damaged Roof Tiles
Weathered or damaged roof tiles could be problematic in the future. Cracked shingles are typically a result of wind damage, and these can usually be pretty easily replaced, along with any missing roof tiles that have blown off. However, if you find that the majority of your roof tiles are looking worse for wear, it might be a sign that it’s time for an entire roof replacement before you compromise how waterproof your home is.
Mortars are mainly used for bedding roof junctions such as ridges and verges. Check the mortars frequently and look out for early signs of degeneration caused by extreme changes in the weather. These ridges and verges are highly susceptible to cracking and can eventually be dislodged and fall off in strong winds.
Falling mortars may be a problem for older roofs where mortar was used as bedding for the tiles. If this starts to break down, then it may be an indication that the roof is reaching the end of its life.
If you’re starting to notice what looks like granules, sludge and pieces of shingles inside your rain gutters when you’re cleaning them, it could be a sign that the roof is deteriorating. Some roofs will break down as they age, and when it rains the detritus gets carried to the gutters where it starts to collect. Granules protect the shingles from the sun, so without them they will deteriorate much more quickly, so it may be time to take a look at replacing those shingles.
A droopy roof is certainly a sign of trouble, it’s a serious problem within the structural integrity of the home that should be inspected immediately. Sagging can be caused by frequent exposure to moisture, faulty roofing materials, improper installations and in places that experience a lot of snow and ice.
A sagging or warped roof should be looked at by a professional as soon as possible as it could lead to a roof collapse.
Higher Energy Bills
If you’ve noticed a spike in your energy bills, it might not be that the climate has gotten significantly colder, but that your home isn’t keeping in the heat as well as it once did. The roof can significantly contribute to how well insulated a home is. Roof sheets and cladding are ideal for creating great insulation within a home, keeping those energy bills down.
At Bushbury Cladding, we can offer high-quality roofing sheets that can increase the integrity of your home, ensuring that your roof won’t need to be replaced as often. When you invest in our steel roofing sheets, you are investing in a long-lasting material. Metal roofs last longer than the average roofing material, which is recommended to be removed every 15 – 23 years. Metal roofing sheets will last for an incredible 60 years or more and is less vulnerable to being damaged by external conditions.