All homes are dependent on the roof and over time they can become to show signs or being tired and worn.It’s an unfortunate fact of life that over time, roofs can easily become damaged. So how do you go about maintaining and repairing roofing? What are the tell-tale signs to look out for?
As we regularly work on roofing of all types across Sheffield and South Yorkshire, we have listed below a few steps and things to look out for to ensure your property is correctly maintained.
Active prevention is always better than more expensive costs further down the line. By knowing what to look out for you may notice any roof damage which can be tended to now and save you money in the future. Many homeowners completely overlook this and roof repairs end up costing more than they need to.
Cracks Starting to Show
Is your roof more than 20 years old? If yes, the likelihood is the shingles making up your roof will have given in to the signs of ageing. They can lose their durability meaning they become cracked. Look out for these cracks! Also, note the ventilation to your roof. If your roof is not well ventilated this could impact the shingles, get in touch with us today and we can inspect your property for any signs or wearing.
Streaks or Dark Areas
Have you noticed dark streaks on your roof? Although you should look out for these marks, it may not necessarily be due to any damage to your shingles. It could simply be the naturally occurring algae streaks, but still this can look unsightly. Contacting Burngreave in the first instance will mean we can advise on the best way to resolve any aesthetic issues.
Water damage: Look Beyond your Roofing
Do you have water stains on your ceiling internal/external walls or peeling paint? Have you noticed that the house, especially upstairs seems colder than usual? These could be an indication that there is a problem with your roof and will need to be fixed ASAP. Do not rule this out or overlook your roof when trying to identify the cause of a problem. It’s always best to consult a qualified tradesmen, to ensure your property is properly checked over and avoiding these telltale signs can cause a much bigger problem further down the line.
Moss on my Roof
Moss is a common issue with most people experiencing it on their roofs at some stage. You may be wondering, does moss affect the protection of my roof or will it shorten its life span and cause damage? While moss might be seen more as a cosmetic issue, it has the ability to harm your roof. If left untreated over time, especially in colder climates the granules on top of the shingles can become damaged by the moss. This will cost you more to repair than having a professional roofing contractor remove the moss now without any damage to your property.
Storms are often the number one culprit when it comes to roof damage. Depending on how strong the winds are, shingles may be completely blown off. This can leave instant space for water intrusion. You should always inspect your roof following severe weather for obvious issues. If there has been damage caused the roof will need professional attention immediately to prevent further problems to your home.
Unfortunately some roofs are simply outdated and beyond their time. They only have a limited lifespan (15-20 years in some cases) which can be lengthened, although if no prevention has taken place there may be some serious signs that you need an experienced roofing contractor to fit a replacement.
Having your roof in a stable condition can prevent additional problems throughout your home. Please be warned though, you should never attempt to carry roof work out yourself as it can be very dangerous and result in injury as well as more serious damage to your roof.
If you have noticed any of these signs do not hesitate to contact us today. We have an experienced team of roofing experts in and around Sheffield and South Yorkshire ready to assist you with your property.