Roof Repair vs Roof Replacement — Which Do I Need?

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Roof Repair vs Roof Replacement — Which Do I Need?

Roof Repair vs Roof Replacement

Most of us take little notice of the roof above our head — until something goes wrong with it, and it no longer keeps out the rain, wind and cold. Then we realise how crucial it is.

Checking for Faults

If you don’t want to be faced with an emergency, it’s important to check your roof for faults on a regular basis. From the outside, you can get a good view from street level, especially if you use binoculars. In addition, since it’s also important to clean out your guttering on a regular basis, you can make a close-up inspection at the same time.

Indoors, you should regularly check the ceiling of your top floor or attic for water marks. Also, turn the lights off to see if any light is coming through the roof.

These checks will tell you whether you need work done — but should it be repair or replacement?

Signs Repair Is Needed

  • Water damage — If you have water marks on the ceiling immediately below the roof, it may be a sign the roof is letting in the rain.
  • Light coming through the roof — If you can see light coming through, it probably means there are holes in the roof.
  • Loose or broken tiles — These are no longer secure and need to be replaced.
  • Moss growing on tiles — This can force tiles apart, causing water leakage.
  • Missing or falling mortar — Mortar is usually used for bedding junctions on your roof, and crumbling mortar will weaken the roof.
  • Damaged lead work — Missing or damaged lead can allow water through the roof.

When Replacement Is the Answer

  • Multiple tiles broken or missing — This could be symptomatic of a more serious problem, such as rusted nails or broken battens.
  • Sagging ridge — The ridge should be a straight line along the highest point of the roof. If it sags, there may be structural damage, which needs to be addressed straight away, usually by replacement of the roof.
  • Widespread moss — If moss if caught early, the affected area can be repaired, but widespread moss has probably already caused too much damage.
  • Aging roof — No roofing material lasts indefinitely, not even slate. If your tiles are getting towards the end of their life, it may be more cost-effective to replace the roof, rather than face regular repair bills.
  • You’re selling your house — If the roof needs substantial repairs on a house you’re planning to sell, a new roof could substantially increase the property’s value.

If you’re unsure whether your roof needs repair or replacement, contact us, and we’ll be delighted to offer advice.