Signs you may need a new roof
Concerned about your roof? Here are four signs that it may need replacing.
Your roof protects your home from the elements, and a damaged roof will be less effective at performing this important job.
An old or damaged roof can start to let water in, causing serious structural damage to your home over time.
It’s important to keep up with your roof’s maintenance and look out for these four warning signs that your roof may need replacing.
Roof tiles keep falling off
Missing roof tiles could be a sign that your roof is suffering from nail sickness. Nail sickness is a problem that naturally occurs with time, it is the natural corrosion and rusting of the nails that hold your roof tiles in place. The problem will usually strike all the nails in your roof at around the same time.
Your roof is sagging
A sagging roof is a sign of a serious structural problem caused by water damage, excessive weight, or damage to its structural joints or rafters. If you notice a sag in your roof it’s important to call in a professional to assess the problem as soon as possible to prevent it from worsening or your roof collapsing.
You can see sunlight from the loft
If you can see sunlight through the roof when standing in the loft, then something isn’t right! If you can see outside then that means the outside can get in, leaving your roof’s internal structure vulnerable to leaks and damp which could cause significant and expensive damage.
Your roof is very old
Your roof protects your home from wind, rain, ice and snow. It will take a good battering over the years and won’t last forever. The expected lifespan of your roof will depend on the materials it is made from, generally asphalt shingle roofs last around 20-25 years, whilst tiled roofs tend to last for much longer. Concrete and clay roof tiles should last a minimum of 60 years, whilst slate roof tilescan last longer than 100 years! It’s important to remember that your roof’s underfelt won’t last for as long as the tiles though, underfelt usually lasts 25-30 years before it needs replacing.
If you have any concerns about the condition of your roof we recommend getting in touch with a professional roofing contractor as soon as possible to prevent the damage becoming more extensive and expensive to fix.
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