Looking after your roof is one of the most valuable things you can do for your house. Roofs are like a protective blanket over any building, as they are pretty much the first line of defence. Therefore, keeping up maintenance and ensuring that your roof is in good condition is very important in ensuring the safety of your home. However, sometimes roofing problems aren’t always obvious until it is too late and the damage has already been done. Therefore, knowing what sort of things to look out for, as well as background information about your roof, will help you gain a better understanding about its condition and whether there is any maintenance work required, or whether you might even need a roof replacement.
We thought we would share a few tips with you on how to know if you need a roof replacement…
Every roof has an average lifespan, and this may vary depending on a number of factors, including what type of roofing you actually have. Knowing this information about your roof, and when it was installed if this was when a previous owner lived there, will give you a clearer picture on the sort of condition it is in, and whether you may potentially benefit from a replacement in the near future. Furthermore, if you were to encounter any sort of serious damage to your roof that would be costly to repair, but you knew that you are likely to need a replacement in the next couple of years, it might be more cost effective to get the replacement now, rather than pay for a big repair and then have to pay to have the roof replaced throughout the next few years anyway.
There are many different types of roofing damage you can encounter, but not all of them will require the extent of having your roof replaced. Instead, most things have alternative solutions, where your roof can undergo a repair and be as good as new. For example, if we are talking problems noticeable from the exterior, such as broken or damaged shingles, this can be easily fixed by simply getting the shingles replaced. Furthermore, you may experience other kinds of damage due to bad weather, such as leaks. Although this can be troublesome for your home and lead to further problems inside, contacting a professional roofer ASAP will more than likely enable you to get this fixed and repaired as opposed to replacing your roof.
Even if your roof isn’t necessarily that old and in need of a replacement, you must think logically. Have you encountered a lot of problems with your roof? Big or small, if they seem to be a regular occurence or there is anything out of the ordinary, it is worth considering having an inspection to see if there are any underlying bigger issues. If you are having to pay for repairs due to regular problems, you should consider having a roof replacement, as this may be the more cost effective option. This would mean paying more money upfront, but it would supply you with a safe and reliable roof, that you won’t have to keep spending money on.
Although some problems are out of our control, there are always things you can do to improve the condition of your roof, and reduce any negative impact. For example, winter is coming up and we could anticipate snowfall. Heavy snowfall is often damaging to our roofs as it puts a strain on them, especially around our guttering. If this happens, try to remove the snow every few hours to reduce the pressure and strain.
Furthermore, another great way to improve the condition of your roof, is to get any problems fixed immediately. It is always better to get things repaired straight away, than leave it for the problem to get bigger and therefore have worse consequences.
For more information and advice, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help!