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Why roofing is important?
It is important that your new or existing roof is in good condition. This enables your property to remain weatherproof. Ineffective covering can lead to expensive work to the underlying timbers and any decorative finishes, which will deteriorate rapidly in damp conditions. Damp can not only affect materials things but can seriously damage a person’s health.
Research has found that people who are exposed to damp living conditions are more prone to asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis and tonsillitis. Moulds grow in damp conditions and they release tiny spores into the air that can trigger various health problems. Therefore, if you are considering renovating your roof, it is important that you choose the right materials for your needs and choose a reputable company to undertake the work.
Roofs for your home can take a number of different shapes and can be constructed and covered with a variety of materials. Different roof coverings have varying life spans. The materials used the quality of the workmanship and the exposure to the elements will all be contributing factors to the effective life of your roof. Some roofs can last for a hundred years or more, while others deteriorate after 40 years.
So how do you know if you need a new roof?
There are a few ways to tell if you need a new roof. Don’t wait until it literally all comes crashing down around you, or until you start to feel rain drops on your head while watching TV! Maintaining your roof and making little repairs every so often may save you a small fortune later on down the road.
It is recommended that you do a roof inspection at least two times a year and this starts in the loft. You are looking for signs of sagging, dark spots, water damage or leaking and outside light shining through any cracks or holes. After the inside check, you will need to check the outside. Visually inspect your roof for cracked, torn, bald or missing shingles. Look for any loose material or wear around the chimneys, vents or pipes. Make sure you check the guttering for any shingle granules as this can be the sign of advanced wear. Keep an eye out for any signs of moisture, rot or mould anywhere near the roof – remember damp will always spread downwards.
Making sure your gutters are properly fastened and attached will help the flow of excess water. Drains need to be checked to ensure there is no debris blocking the water’s exit.
If you do discover that your roof has sustained damage then don’t assume your whole roof needs replacing. It may just need some repair work. It is always best to contact a professional roofing company who can assess the damage and provide you with a few suitable options. If your entire roof does need to be replaced then they can also advise you on the best style of roof and the most suitable material to suit your needs.