Your roof is a very important part of your home. If the phrase “keeping a roof over your head” has anything to say, it’s that the roof is the most important part of your home. And to do its job, it needs to be airtight – and watertight. The slightest problem in the roof, like a crack or a leak, can lead to devastating issues down the line.
So, it’s important to be diligent with maintaining your roof. If you’re worried, take a look at our guide to looking out for problems with your roof.
The problem with water damage is that it can often be mistaken for an issue in the plumbing or even dampness. Watermarks around the windows, streaking down the upper floor walls, and mildew around the home can easily be explained away, yes, but they could also indicate an issue with your roof that has gone unaddressed. And if they aren’t addressed soon, they might not stop or even cause larger problems.
Loose roof tiles
If you were to hire a power washing service to clean your roof, they might find a few red flags amongst the dirt they blast away, like loose tiles, moss and mould and other issues.
Loose tiles can be a sign of something bigger. If you were to find a few of them it might indicate a weak roof that needs to be replaced. Without it getting replaced your roof can cave in, so it’s important that it’s done fast.
Mould and moss growth
Another thing to look for on the roof is mould and moss. They both have a habit of forcing roof tiles apart, creating a gap that will allow water into the home.
Clean your gutters
If you were to ask that power washing service above to run their power washer over the gutters, not only would you get a better clean from an experienced serviceman doing a dangerous job, but you might unearth some issues that need dealing with.
Loose tiles have a habit of sliding off and into the nearest gutter, but it isn’t the only thing. There is also the asphalt shingles that might deteriorate, leaving your roof tiles to fend for themselves. If you notice some granules while washing your gutters, it might indicate that your shingles are deteriorating.
Take a look at your attic regularly. You should be looking out for both light and water. Cracks and holes in your roof will be spotted by the light coming in from the outside, which should be dealt with as soon as you can.
You can also spot leaking by dark streaks left by water travelling in. They will stain your walls, leaving a rim on the outside so you can identify them. Listen out for dripping and keep an eye out for blistering or bubbling flat surfaces. All of this is a sign that your roof is leaking and will need looking at by a professional.