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When to call a roofing contractor to replace your roof

The roof of our home is there to give us shelter and to give our home structure integrity. It is crucial to inspect your roof for damage on a regular basis especially now when we are seeing more and more extreme weather. Replacing your roof is a major home renovation project that adds value to your house. Don't for get to make a visual inspection of the exterior and interior of your roof. Many of us forget that our roofs have an interior part as well as an exterior part. We often inspect the outside roof, but we often forget to get our flash light and inspect the interior.

Do I need a new roof?

Roofs are expensive, so it is important to know when to replace a roof using a roofing contractor. Regular inspections will help to guide your decision, and there are quite a few things you should look out for.

Interior Inspections

Interior inspections are just as important as outside ones, but most of the time after bad weather we don't do them. There are a some crucial problems which to look out for, and after a storm they may occur quickly.

Saggings

If you are in the attic and you notice that the interior of your roof is sagging, you could have a serious problem on your hands and urgent actions is required. Saggings can be caused by serious damp problems and appear suddenly. They are difficult to repair and may indicate that there are other serious problems with you roof. If, you notice this problem, you need to call a roofing contractor urgently.

Dark Spots and Water Trails

Dark spots and what looks like trails on the interior of your roof can be a sign of damp, and water getting through. Sometimes this a problem which can be repaired, Catching problems early is crucial, and this is why it is so important to inspect your roof frequently. Don't attempt to repair the problem yourself. It is best to call in the professionals for a proper assessment as the problem may originate somewhere else in the roof.

Light Showing

Light showing through the roof is a give away for serious structure damage to your roof. The damage may not be visible from the outside, so after a bad storm do check for any light coming through. One way to do this is to stand in the attic and look for traces of sunlight on the floor.

Outside Inspections

There are many ways in which we can identify damage to the outside of the roof, but quite often we ignore some of the most common ones. Just do a visual inspection to see if you find anything unusual and you can figure out if there are problems. But here are some more things you have to look out for.

Algae Growth

Algae growth is often seen on an area of the roof which has been damaged. A lot of home owners do ignore this, and presume this is normal. It is not, and you should never ignore algae growth. This is a clear indication of serious roof damage and means that the roof has structural damage. Structural damage can allow for the rapid growth of algae, mold and bacteria. Look out for dis-coloured patches, and you may also notice a certain smell. The smell will be slightly acidic, and you may even find you can use your nose to trace the damage.

Loose Material

Loose material is a sign of roof damage. This can happen after a storm or can be caused by branches of near by trees. There is a possibility this can be repaired, but it is always best to call a roofing contractor to assess the situation. If you have a tiled roof, you need to look out for loose tiles as well. Replace them as quick as possible, and inspect the inside area of the roof where you replaced the missing tiles. You are looking out for damp spots.

Blistering and Buckling

Roofs never used to suffer from blistering and buckling to any greater extent, but this is now occurring more frequently. It is mainly due to extreme weather conditions, and rapid changes between hot and cold. If you are living in a colder climate and are experiencing warmer summer, you should in particular be on the look out for blistering. This is a sign of exposure to weather, and you should consider replacing the roof using materials which are better equipped to respond to weather and climate extremes. Buckling is a sign of structure damage, and can indicate the structure of the roof has been weakened at one or two points. Your local roofing contractor will be able to advise you how to proceed, and be very careful how you move about on the roof if you notice this.

Love Your Home, Love Your Roof

You can save money by looking after your roof. Make sure that there are no overhanging tree branches. Tree and trees branches are a roof's number one enemies. They can cause a lot of damage, and a fallen branch can mean a new roof. We also often forget to keep our roofs clean. Cleaning your gutters are important so excess water can escape, but it is equally important to keep your roof clean. It is surprising how much damage leaves can cause, and it is best to remove leaves off the roof as soon as you notice a build up. If you don't have a good head for heights, you should call in a roofing contractor to help you keep your roof clean. A lot of them also do roof maintenance. It is also a good idea to ask him to carry out a quick inspection, checking chimney joints and to look out for any other visible problems.

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