Most of us don’t inspect our roofs until there’s a problem. When we do go up there, we’re not too sure what to look for. Here are a few guidelines that will help you to detect issues and decide whether you need expert help!
Flat roofs or roofs with a very low slope
This type of roof is particularly prone to problems. They’re usually sealed with membrane. Look for blisters or ridges in the membrane that indicate that it’s pulling away from the roof surface.
Flat or nearly flat roofs are often covered with gravel ballast. If you can see patches where it’s missing, you may have a problem in the making. Get an expert in to check your roof. With luck, you just need some more ballast to extend the lifespan of your roof.
Inspect your flat or near-flat roof just after a rainstorm to see if any puddles have formed. Puddles are a bad sign and indicate that it may be time to call for help!
Be aware that tiled roofs don’t like foot traffic and try to get the best view possible without tramping all over your roof to look. You need to have a sharp eye open for any missing or damaged shingles. Algae, moss and other growths can damage your roof and shorten its lifespan. You may need to consider having your roof cleaned. If your shingles are curling away from the roof, it may be time to consider a new roof. Think about getting a low-maintenance metal roof instead – Colorbond roofing often looks just as good as tiles and doesn’t need as much attention to keep it weatherproof.
Check your gutters and drainage while you’re up there
Good drainage is important if you want to keep your roof weatherproof and prevent drips at odd places around the perimeter of the roof. Make sure that your gutters and downpipes aren’t clogged by leaves or other debris and check the integrity of your guttering to ensure that it’s not leaking or corroded. Like other elements of your home, gutters and downpipes do need to be replaced from time to time.
Check your home from the inside
Stained ceilings and water damage on walls are a sure sign that something’s wrong. If your ceiling has brown or yellowish mars and appears to be sagging slightly, it’s time to take action. Get a roofing expert to find out what needs to be done. You should also check your attic or under-roof space for signs of water damage, rotting supports or stains. If you get a slightly mouldy smell when you open the trap, it’s a sign that water has been getting into your roof. When in doubt, call for expert advice. If you suspect that water may be pooling inside your ceiling be extra careful since it can remain there for quite a long time after the rain is over. You don’t want your ceiling collapsing!