When’s the last time you honestly thought about your roof? Chances are that it was a while back, or perhaps never. But don’t worry. Many homeowners will give the exact same answer. It’s not all too often that we spend time in the loft of our property, and minor problems with our roofing may not necessarily be visible from the ground outdoors, so it’s not very surprising that this is perhaps the most neglected aspect of any property. But when you consider how important it is to have a roof over your head, you might want to give your roof a check over to ensure that everything is in ship shape. Here are a few roofing problems that many people encounter. If you’re aware of them, you can identify them sooner and potentially minimize the damage that they can cause!
Leaks in the roof can be caused by a whole host of issues. The deterioration of roofing materials over time, improperly sealed vents, shallow slopes, a build up debris in guttering, and holes left after the removal of TV antennae are just a few potential causes of water gaining access to your loft space. However, no matter how small the leak may seem, it can cause extensive problems in your loft space which can also spread to the rest of your property if left long enough. So, unless you want rot, damp, mold, or even flooding, it’s best to call in a professional roofer to identify the problem and fix it as soon as possible.
When roofs are installed, the individual fitting it should nail the shingles into designated areas. But if the individual fitting your roof is relatively inexperienced, or simply not dedicated to doing a good job, they may not nail everything down properly. This results in tiles being blown off by the wind, or falling off when birds land on them or tree branches knock against them. This is one of the most common installation errors carried out, but can easily be avoided by hiring a reliable roofer with experience and good reviews.
If you do have gaps in your roof, you shouldn’t be all too surprised if you soon find that there are all sorts of animals living in your loft space. Who can blame them? They’ve essentially been given free access to a warm, dry, and safe space indoors! Now, encouraging these animals to leave can be difficult, so it’s best to ensure any gaps are dealt with before they make their way in. But should you find animals in your loft, you should be careful and proceed with caution. Many species are actually protected and cannot be legally moved. Others will be able to be moved if you remove any food sources and block up their entrances once they have left. Always be kind and practice humane and ethical removal.
These are just a few problems that can come hand in hand with an unkempt roof. As you can see, all of the results are relatively undesirable. So, tackle problems early on and keep on top of the condition and quality of your roofing at all times!