Five Signs You Need a New Roof

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One of the three basic needs of man is shelter, and the most basic component of that shelter is literally having a roof over our heads. Most of us take our roofs for granted, never glancing up unless there is something happening in the sky over our heads, or perhaps to admire a pretty layer of snow clinging to the rooftops along the street.

However, suddenly finding the roof has descended abruptly into the upper story of the house is an unpleasant awakening if it is the first inkling that there is a problem brewing overhead! The following five signs should all be taken as a call to action, and should be checked for twice a year, on average. Do both an internal examination and an external sweep of the roof, making sure that you can see as much of the roofing as possible.

1. Distortion

If the row of tiles bulges or dips for no apparent reason this could be a sign of underlying structural trouble. Water damage can cause swelling which will disrupt the lie of the tiles or roofing material, while dry rot or a damaged strut can cause depressions to form.

2. Discolouration

Damp inevitably causes discolouration of the area, so look out for any tiles that are darker in colour than the surrounding ones. Damp can get into a roof if the waterproofing is faulty, and it is best to work quickly and only have to repair a small area, rather than let it go on and necessitate an entire new roof, or even risk injury to your family by having the roof fall in.

3. Seams and joins

Seams and joins on roofs are a clear weak area and the elements will quickly exploit that weakness, loosening tiles and cracking sealant or adhesive coverings. Look at any joins and make sure that the fixings are holding tight and are not exposed to excessive wear and tear.

4. Leaks and Holes

Standing in your attic, look at the roof without a torch. Any gaps, cracks or holes should be easy to spot as daylight will pinpoint the problem for you. Check to see what caused the damaged before affecting any repairs as patching an area that is subject to excessive stress will only delay the problem from getting worse, it will not fix it.

5. Loose or missing tiles

A visual inspection from the ground will show if any tiles have actually fallen off, but spotting loose tiles can be harder. If you are not good with heights or are unsure about clambering all over your own roof, especially with the prospect of loose tiles giving way under your hands, knees and feet, it is perhaps a better idea to call in an expert to check them for you. This is it worth it as it will give you peace of mind that your roof is safe and will also mean you avoid a much larger roof repair in the future!

Look out for these five signs on a semi-annual basis and hopefully you will avoid the distress, inconvenience and expense of having to replace the entire roof. If you do notice any of these signs, get in touch with CJ Hughes Roofing for professional roofers in Stoke on Trent and the surrounding areas.

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