Roof maintenance often gets put off until it is too late which is never a good idea. It may seem like a massive chore but, it will mean you avoid potentially disastrous consequences that could occur if you leave your roof untended.
A leaking roof can cause expensive damage to the contents of your home and, if you can’t demonstrate that you have been looking after your roof, it could potentially affect your content insurance.
6 TIPS FOR ASSESSING YOUR ROOF
1. CHECK FOR SIGNS OF DAMAGE AND WEAR
Initially, you can do a quick inspection of your roof from the ground. The following are common signs that your roof needs repairing:
- If you have tiles, check for missing, broken, or cracked tiles
- Metal roofs are generally more robust than other types, but it is worth checking for any signs of rust or damage.
2. HAVE YOUR ROOF INSPECTED REGULARLY
Getting your roof regularly inspected by professional roofing experts takes out any uncertainty about the state of your roof, and whether it needs repairing or replacing.
3. CHECK THE PAPERWORK
Your current roof should have a warranty. Check when this warranty runs out and after this time, make sure you have your roof inspected regularly for any signs of damage or irreparable wear.
4. CONSIDER CLIMATIC EVENTS
When you are considering how well your roof is faring, look back at any extreme weather events that have happened in the past, e.g. high winds, severe storms, and hail, that may have compromised the integrity of the roof.
5. BUILDING INSPECTION REPORT
When you purchased your property, you probably had a professional building inspection completed. If so, check through this for any issues that were flagged relating to the roof.
Building inspection reports usually point out any missing or damaged tiles or any other problems. This will give you a guide as to whether or not you might need a new roof sooner rather than later.
6. CONSIDER HOW WELL THE ROOF HAS BEEN LOOKED AFTER
If you or your home’s previous owner has not maintained the roof correctly, its lifespan will be shorter. For instance, if debris, such as leaves and branches has been left on the roof, this can cause damage and stop water from draining off properly. If gutters haven’t been cleaned regularly, this can cause problems as well.
You may not be sure whether or not you need your roof replaced. If you are unsure, consult one of our roofing experts, who will give you an honest opinion about what state your roof is in and what you need to do.
If you need to have your roof inspected and to gain an honest professional opinion from the experts, give us a call.
If a replacement is necessary, we can do the job for you, and install a beautiful-looking new Colorbond roof or Zincalume roof. These metal roofs are incredibly robust, hard-wearing, and well suited to the Australian climate, and can last you decades, as long as they are properly maintained.