5 tell-tale signs that you need a new roof
There’s no better time than now to make the most of the summer sun and give your roof a thorough inspection, keeping a close eye out for any problems to check whether you need a replacement roof fitted. Similarly, if you have noticed that your roof is suffering from a leak or cracking, it’s important to carry out detailed checks as soon as possible in case an entirely new roof is required.
This article will serve to explain the five main tell-tale warning signs that you must look out for during your inspections which will help determine whether you need a new roof installed in time for the upcoming autumn/winter months.
1. Worn or missing roof tiles/slates
Generally speaking, damp areas or leaks may indicate a cracked, slipped or worn roof tile which will require the expertise of a professional to replace. If you notice any leaking or signs of water damage, it’s more than likely that your roof tiles are worn or missing and need replacing as quickly as possible. It is worth noting that if worn or missing tiles become an extensive problem on your roof, the entire thing will need replacing.
2. Sagging flat roofs
Exposure to extreme weather conditions can impact the functionality of your roof as the boards can start to buckle and break under the weight of the water, causing the roof to sag. In turn, this can affect the interior of your home by creating a rather dangerous, unsafe structure, meaning the roof will need replacing immediately.
3. Daylight is filtering through the roof boards
When examining the roof from inside your home, if you notice any gaps where the summer sun is filtering through the roof boards then you must seek help from a professional roofing company straight away. Excessive damage to the roof boards will require urgent attention and will most likely result in the roof needing to be replaced.
4. Life expectancy of the roof
According to most roofing experts, a standard roof should last between 20-25 years, depending on the initial installation and upkeep. If your roof is reaching the end of its life expectancy or is in a bad state of repair, you must arrange to have it replaced to avoid any damage to the interior of your home.
5. Cracks, puncture holes or splits on a flat roof
Felt flat roofs often fall victim to cracks, puncture holes or splits round the edges of the roof caused by extreme weather. In turn, this can lead to water leaking through the gaps and can escalate to excessive water damage inside your home. Therefore, you must address this problem as quickly as possible and have your existing roof replaced.
As an accredited member of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), here at Abbey Roofing we recommend that your roof is inspected by a professional at least twice a year to ensure it remains in top working condition for many years to come. As a leading roofing company serving throughout Hertfordshire, we have a wealth of experience in providing first-class roof repairs, installations and replacements for:
- Domestic roofing
- Flat roofs
- Lead roofing
- Roof tiling & slates
- Commercial roofing
- Felt roofing
- Sheet metal roofing
- Fascias and soffits
- Guttering and rainwater systems
We aim to minimise any damage to your property by solving the problem safely and efficiently using the highest standard of service at very competitive rates. Simply contact our expert team today to learn more about how your property can benefit from our services.