How to Check Whether My Roof Needs to Be Repaired or Replaced
If your roof is doing its job properly, it protects you from wind, rain and other extreme weather, as well as helping to keep your home at the right temperature with as little waste of energy as possible.
The problem is that, though a well-made roof lasts, it doesn’t last forever, and when it starts getting worn or damaged, it may not be doing that job. So how will you know when it needs to be repaired or replaced?
When Should I Check My Roof?
It’s important to keep an eye on your roof. In particular, if there’s been a storm or any other type of rough weather, it’s advisable to check it for damage as soon as possible afterwards.
Apart from this, you need to check your roof a minimum of twice a year, ideally once in autumn and once in spring. This will ensure it’s in a fit state to withstand the winter and that it’s come through unscathed.
Checking from the Outside
If you have a good ladder and you’re confident using it, you can examine your roof up close, but this isn’t essential. It should be perfectly adequate to use binoculars from street level. Make sure, though, that you look from all possible angles.
If you have a pitched roof, what you’re looking for is primarily cracked or missing tiles, or for signs of moss or mould growing on them. You also need to look out for warping in the roof and check that the flashing hasn’t come away from structures that pierce through the roof.
If you have a flat roof, look out for tears in the fabric. Any of these may well be a sign that your roof needs urgent work.
Checking from the Inside
Very small holes in your roof might not be visible even from close up, but they can still cause trouble if water gets through and rots the timbers. The best way to detect these is to go into your loft area during daylight and switch off all lighting. If you see pinpricks of light coming through, you have a problem.
You can also look out for any patches of damp or mildew on ceilings. Various issues could cause this (any of which would need addressing) but it could well be water getting in through the roof.
Depending on the extent of the damage, you may simply need tiles or flashing replaced, or you may need to have the roof replaced. This is a major job, of course, but it will save you money in the long run, compared with ongoing internal and external problems the damage is likely to cause.
Get in touch if you want to know more about checking your roof for damage and what to do about it.