Your home wouldn’t be much of a home without the roof. You’d not only be exposed to the rain, wind and snow, but it would also be impossible to maintain a suitable temperature. Your roof has to be kept in good repair, so it can do its job properly. And that includes repairing any holes promptly.
What Causes Holes in Your Roof?
There are a number of factors that could cause small holes to develop in your roof, including:
- an empty nail hole
- broken seals around chimneys, skylights or other penetrations
- rusting metal or rotting wood
- a tree branch colliding with the roof in high winds
- removal of a satellite dish leaving empty screw holes
Alternatively, holes can be created simply by the ongoing wear and tear of the elements, especially from repeated freezing and thawing.
How Can You Detect Holes in Your Roof?
It’s important to inspect your roof regularly for holes, especially when the weather has been cold or stormy. It isn’t practical for everyone to climb up onto the roof, though, and this should only be attempted if you really know what you’re doing.
Fortunately, there are other ways of detecting that there may be a hole. These include:
- water dripping inside
- damp patches on your walls or ceilings
- pinpricks of light coming through the roof
You can keep an eye open for the first two at any time, but it’s useful to check periodically for light coming through. For this, go up into the loft or attic during daytime and switch off all lighting. You should then be able to see any light coming through.
What Could Happen if You Don’t Repair Your Roof?
It’s easy to assume that small holes are small problems and you can put off repairing them, but this is very unwise. The smallest hole will allow moisture to seep through, which can cause severe problems.
For one thing, if the moisture gets into the timbers of the roof frame, it can cause them to rot. Thus, what would have been a minor repair job could turn into something much more serious. In addition, damp can lead to mould and mildew growing, and these could be a health hazard, especially if anyone in the house suffers from asthma or has a compromised immune system.
It’s important to get holes in your roof repaired as soon as possible, but also as expertly as possible, since a botched job can make things much worse. If you need help with your roof, you’re very welcome to give us a call.