5 Common Damages to Your Roof
When choosing the design of your roof some key considerations should be the function, aesthetics, and value of your property. Pitched roofs are a very common domestic roofing solution. They are widely seen across Europe and the Americas and date back to Greek and Roman architecture.
Roofs are so vital to our homes and buildings as they serve as a layer of defence that protects it from damages.
What causes the damages to your roof? Roof damage can depend on where your home or building is located. The common causes of roof damage are:
A brand new roof is less susceptible to damages that will require repairs except in exceptional circumstances. However, for older roofs, age catches up with them and they become weaker and fragile.
Their exposure to all kinds of weather elements leads to wear and tear. When the cost of repairs exceeds the cost of replacement, it may be time for a roof replacement. Roofs can only last so long and endure repairs before it becomes clear there is no point anymore.
Storms, heavy rain, intense sunshine, hail and snow are all weather conditions that happen through a year. Our roofs while exposed to these weather elements, protect the main building structure.
Persistent high winds can loosen roof tiles or shingles which leads to breakage. With breakage, there will be open spaces where water and moisture can get in resulting in roof leaks.
The impact of various extreme weather conditions will expand and contract the roof causing damage over time.
Overall, hailstones and heavy rain beating your roof, snowstorms causing moisture to get into your roof, and intense sunlight all contribute to damaging your roof.
If a roof has been properly installed, then it is unlikely that you will have damages except in very exceptional circumstances. Poor roof installation will lead to roof repairs or replacement if not detected early as there could be long-lasting damage to your roof.
Poor installation could mean not using the right underlayment, tiles not properly fitted, flashing not installed correctly or the use of poor materials like sealants.
There are many reasons why a roof installation can go wrong which is why it is always great to work with experienced and recommended roofers to save time and money in the long run.
Poor installation can be considered a major cause of roof damage.
Annual roof inspections are vital to keeping your roof in shape and lasting longer. Where a roof is not inspected and maintained regularly, small damages to your roof can develop into a bigger problem meaning roof replacement may be required.
A small leak not addressed in the short term will widen and become a big leak. Loose shingles or tiles which could have been fastened would start falling off leading to broken tiles or shingles. Gutters need to be cleaned and cleared so that water can run off easily to prevent standing water.
If you inspect your roof regularly especially after major weather incidents, you will identify issues that can be resolved swiftly thereby saving you time and money. Leaks can be fixed, loose shingles fastened and broken tiles replaced.
Load on your roof
The amount of foot traffic or load on your roof can also contribute to roof damage. If you have a roof type that people have to walk on or get on then it will be susceptible to damages.
It could be your local roofer climbing up during roof inspections or repair, the TV antenna installation process or you have a roof that people can get onto easily. The amount of traffic you have on your roof can contribute to damages to your roof.
Whatever the situation, if you are experiencing any issues with your roof like roof leaks, loose tiles, broken shingles or fascia, we recommend you contact our roofers for help.
Annual roof inspections are opportunities to access the health of your roof and deal with small problems before they become bigger problems.