Unforeseen roofing issues can have a huge impact upon your property and can cost you a significant amount of money and time.
Below we have the top 10 most common roofing problems to look out for and what you can do to prevent them. Understanding the impact that these problems may have on your roof, and how to avoid them, could save you a lot of time and money.
1 – Poor maintenance
Poor maintenance is probably the most common cause for the majority of roof issues. If you struggle with maintaining your roof, give us a call today and find out how we can offer a cost effective maintenance service to help you.
2 – Winter & extreme weather
Unfortunately there’s not a lot we can do to prevent the winter and extreme weather. However, there are things you can do to minimise the impact these conditions will have on your roof. The main thing you can do to preventing problems and prepare your roof for the winter is to organise regular roof inspections to ensure your roof can deal with the most extreme circumstances.
3 – Lack of gutter cleaning
Overtime, gutters can become blocked from debris and this will have a massive impact on your roof and property. It is essential to regularly check your gutters and get them cleaned to provent any damage to your property.
4 – Leaks and water ingress
Water leakage is a very strong indicator of a need for roof replacement or repair. Generally, water leakage and damp areas within the roofing area are caused by missing or damaged roofing materials. On the ceilings and walls look out for damps spots and discolouring, which is likely to be early signs of water ingress and is usually a result of a roofing issue.
5 – Seagulls and birds
For some property owners and tenants, seagulls can be a headache, causing many challenges and problems including:
- Picking at roofing materials
- Debris from nesting including sticks and branches
- A mess from droppings
Their nests and debris can also restrict the flow of water on your roof which will cause overflow issues.
6 – Asbestos
As the concern for asbestos roofing increases it’s ever more important to ensure that you know what you are dealing with. As soon as asbestos is mentioned it usually strikes fear into people due to the known extreme health dangers associated with it.
If you think asbestos containing materials are present, but you don’t have a record of the location, the best course of action is to contact us and arrange an inspection. If you are unsure about anything it’s important to not disturb your roof and get professional help.
7 – Standing or ponding water
Ponds of water on your roof can be a sign of a build up of debris or an indication that the drainage system is inadequate or blocked. Left without inspection this can lead to water ingress and your gutters overflowing.
8 – Poor installation and workmanship
One of the issues we come across quite frequently is where a previous contractor has attempted to repair a job but it has been performed incorrectly. Unfortunately it is possible that this will result in a full roof replacement.
9 – Build up of debris
Over time due to wind, rain and nesting birds, debris will collate on your roof. Debris can include leaves, sticks, branches and small stones. As this builds up on your roof it can lead to the restriction of water flow. Clearing your roof of dirt and debris will ensure your roof can drain water properly.
If you would like to learn more about the roofing services we provide, please give us a call today on 0800 2465 218 or contact us here.