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Most common roofing problems found during inspections

By RG Developments Wirral

When it the last time you inspected your roof? Most people often overlook this part of home maintenance, only seeking to improve their roof once damage has occurred. Proper roof maintenance can save you lots of money in the long run ensuring no problems sneak up on you. While roofing maintenance should be conducted by industry professionals, it helps to keep any eye on the condition of your roof so you can be aware of when it needs to be inspected by a local roofer.

This guide should provide with a clear checklist of things you should be looking out for so that roofing damage doesn’t leave you blindsided.

Starting off – What is a roof inspection?

A roof inspection is a service provided by roofing industry professionals. A detailed roof inspection will incorporate every part of your roof then provide you with a report of what parts are working for you and what areas may be need of improvement or repair.

Parts of your roof that will be inspected –
– Roof Tiles
– Gutters
– Fascias & Sofftis
– Flashings
– Internal Timbers
– Insulation

An inspection is also a great time for you to get valuable information from your roofer about what can be improved and how your roof is performing.

How often does my roof need to be inspected?

A roof inspection is rarely needed for newer roofs that are 6-7 Years old. So, if your roof is brand new then it should be performing to optimal standards. You should however keep an eye on it to ensure everything looks in place. If you roof is older than that time frame, then roofers would recommend you get your roof inspected annually. An annual roof inspection will help you ensure your roof is in a good state and not at risk of further damage. Consistent roof inspections will help you in the long run by staying on top of any damage than can accumulate over time and would end up costing you more money.

You should also consider getting your roof inspected after very adverse weather events and storms, as this is the time when tiles can be come damaged or loose. With the weather around the UK becoming much more unpredictable storm damage in on the rise. Especially for coastal locations such as the Wirral. If you believe your roof has been damaged after a heavy storm, then you should seek an inspection from a professional sooner rather than later.

The most common problems found during inspections. What you should keep an eye on

 

Insulation

While building regulations require new roofs to be installed with insulation many homes around the Wirral area have none or insufficient insulation. Insultation is crucial for keeping an energy efficient home and saving on energy bills. Many homes allow large amount of heat to escape their property in the winter because of insufficient insulation. You should be checking to see if your roof is completely insulated, if not then many local roofers can insulate your home for a reasonable price.

Gutters & Downspouts

Ensuring your gutters are clean and working effectively is crucial to ensuring there is no moisture build up within your roof. Badly maintained and installed guttering can lead to mold and damp accumulating within the property. When it comes to guttering you should be ensuring there are no broken gutter clips altering the level of the gutter. It is important to note that a gutter should not be perfectly horizontal! If your gutter is too horizontal it will not allow water to quickly travel towards your downspouts. Keep an eye on the level of your gutter after storms to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Chimney Damage

Your chimney is crucial to keep an eye on, especially after a storm. Chimneys will naturally degrade over time. Falling debris from a chimney can severely injure passers-by, so it is best to keep an eye on your chimney to ensure everything looks normal. Check that your chimney pot has no visible cracks, and your flashings aren’t degrading. If you are unsure on the quality of your chimney, then it is best to get it checked by an industry professional.

Pitched Extension Tiles

Often your extension will not be roofed by the same professional who roofed your home. Although tiles may look the same, they can be the wrong size or quality for the pitch of the roof. This often occurs when a roof has been installed by a builder rather than a dedicated roofer. You should have been told the tile type used so you can get a dedicated roofer to check the tiles while they inspect your main roof.

Flashings

Modern roofs use lead flashing so that the material can expand, and contract based on the outdoor temperature. Many older homes however use mortar flashings that do not do this. Mortar flashings can crack via temperature changes. You should keep a keen eye on your flashings, if your home has an older roof. Note that some poorer quality roofers will still use mortar flashings because they are much cheaper than lead. If you are getting a new roof installed, you should always ensure your roofer is using lead flashings and not mortar.

Ventilation

Ventilation is crucial for any roof. A roof that is poorly ventilated will cause the build of warm humid air that can create moisture to reside within the roof. A poorly ventilated roof will lead to damp and mold build up, costing you a lot of money to repair. When you are getting your roof inspected ensuring it is adequately ventilated is a priority.

In Conclusion

After following a few key points of your roofing maintenance checklist, you should be able to keep a keen eye on your roof and know what to look out for. While roof inspections entail a lot more factors, keeping on top of these few will be sure to save you money in the long run. Be sure to book in your annual inspection especially after large storms.

RG Developments Wirral conduct full roof inspections and surveys for all customers located within the Wirral area. Get in touch with RG today to book your annual roof inspection or repair.

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