There’s every chance that you don’t know what to look for when it comes to any issues that may have arisen with your roof. In some instances, you might not require a completely new roof, which is a pleasing prospect if your savings won’t cover the work. So, when it comes to repairing problems that could quite possibly turn into more serious ones, we have put together a list of the essential ones to keep an eye out for, which could save you money in the long run.
Spotting dark patches
Dark spots and patches on your roof can be an indication that airborne algae are beginning to invade and deteriorate the shingles and wood on your roof. To inspect any issues that might be causing this, head up to the loft space and look around, including under the eaves, and on top of your roof for any telltale streaks. If you spot something that resembles a suspicious dark patch, keep an eye on it/them over a period of wet weather and if they get worse, give us at D & C Roofing a call as this is a signal there is an active leak.
You don't need us to tell you that a leak in the roof is more than likely a clear sign of a big problem. You don’t need to panic though, just because you’ve spotted a leak, doesn't mean you have to sign off a build for a completely new roof. However, you should get in touch with us as soon as possible once you have spotted an issue.
Torn shingles: Strong wind conditions and general wear can cause tears or cracks on your shingles. It’s quite regular to see more than one shingle torn; it’s not always the best idea to replace the torn shingles you come across, so always consult with a professional roofer for sound advice.
Missing shingles: If you’ve ever spoken to someone who has tried to track down a shingle or two that is the same colour as the one on your roof, particularly if your roof has been around for a few years, then you will know how hard it is to get identical replacements. There’s always the chance that we can track down a few shingles that are close in colour, but if you’re missing any more than a few that can be subtly replaced, then it may well be the time to seriously look into replacing your roof anyway.
Warped shingles: If you notice that you have shingles that are displaying signs of the corners pointing up, or clawing with the corners pointing down and the middle rising up, this is usually a telltale occurrence that highlights the need for a replacement roof.
Signs of Ageing
A good rule to live by is that your roof will come to the end of its cycle after roughly 20-25 years. Going on this rule, and if your roof is approaching this timeframe, then you should probably start to make arrangements to have the roof replaced. Take a read over the improvement records of your house, or alternatively, have a look and see if you can see that anyone else in your street with the same build as you are having their roofs replaced.
Spongy feeling underfoot
Take care when checking for signs of spongy or sinking feelings underfoot when walking on your roof, but if you do spot some, this is a sign of serious water damage. We advise calling us immediately if you come across any spots that feel like this before the damage becomes more extensive. Be warned; a waterlogged roof puts you at serious risk of having your roof collapsing.
If your roof has any areas that are sagging, then the chances are that you need to have this issue addressed as soon as possible as it is likely to be dangerously close to falling in. our team of professionals here at D & C will be able to offer expert advice on this.
While having a brand new roof will pose an overwhelming to many people, it is a home improvement that is worth every penny in the long term as a roof helps to prolong the structural integrity of your entire home – something you never want to compromise. Are you wondering how much it is to roof my house? Get in touch with us here at D & C Roofing, we’ll be happy to give you more information!