Burnley Roofing company Absolute breaks down the earliest warning signs of a re-roof
It’s hard to know when you need a roof replacement because your roof isn’t really something that you get to check every day. With everything else that you have to do in your day to day life, it’s easy to forget about maintaining your roof, but not replacing your roof when it’s needed can cause bigger problems. Our Burnley Roofing team understand that it’s important to budget carefully for large-scale home repairs. A surprise re-roof is not something you want to have to contend with – so follow our helpful blog to recognise when you need to begin preparing for a re-roof in the next few years.
You should check your roof at least twice a year to look for any early signs that repairs need to be made, or that you need to replace your roof already. Finding damages early would save you a lot of trouble and also a lot of money in the long run.
The signs of water damage can be easily mistaken as signs of something else. If you find some damp patches in the upper floors of your room, you may simply blame it the room being damp, or the weather being hot. Watermarks and mildew can also easily be chalked up to water having had come in from the window when it rained.
While your assumptions may be true, these signs can also mean that you already need roof replacement in the next 12-18 months. Even the smallest watermarks and mould could mean that water has seeped in from your roof, or that your roof already has a hole or a crack.
When you find sings of water damage, go ahead and start checking your roof. Don’t wait for the further damage to occur before you inspect your roof. This is a top tip from our roofers in Burnley!
Exterior Moss and Mould
Another thing that you need to check for is moss and moulds. If mould and moss has grown outside your roof, then the tiles could have been forced apart. This will then create a gap in your roof that would let water and daylight in.
Check your roof and look for tiles that show signs of rotting, moss or mildew. Deal with these right away because bacteria and fungi would grow with a day or two of water damage in your roof. If you haven’t checked your roof for a while, repairs may not be enough to deal with the problem. If you find a lot of problematic areas, a roof replacement may need to be done in the future.
Flashing Damage – no joke if you aren’t qualified as roofers in Burnley or elsewhere!
Flashing is a material placed around objects that protrude from roofs such as chimney and vents, these things are used to prevent movement of water into a structure by averting the water away from seams where water runoff is greater. It is made up of thin pieces of impenetrable materials usually aluminium or galvanised steels.
The flashing may be damaged as a result of the caulking material under the flashing drying out, deterioration of the material caused by weather and oxidation or loose flashing. This allows water to seep underneath, leak inside your walls and ceilings and cause extensive damage such as mould and mildew growth and rotted wood, which you don’t want to happen.
This type of damage on your roof can be very meticulous and quite dangerous. Professional advice and action is recommended. The only solution to this type of damage is to remove and replace the damaged flashing and the surrounding tiles. This is a job for our roofers in Burnley!.
Roofs rely on the underlay and the tiles working together to keep water out. It is a Burnley Roofing recommendation that if there is a single tear in the underlay then you may be able to patch it, but if there is already an existing tear somewhere from the roof it can be an area where water may seep through.
If you look at the outside of your roof, you might not be able to notice any roofing problem. A tiny leak on the roof can go undetected and that’s what makes it more risky, because these leaks tend to grow bigger and you will only be able to notice when the water has already seeped through the whole underlay.
If the underlay is already worn out and rotting it will need a replacement, rotted underlay weakens the foundation of your roof and might cause the whole roof to collapse. This case will involve a new roof as it is not possible just to replace the underlay.
For more information on our services or if you would like to contact our friendly team for any sort of advice, please call one of our offices or use our online contact form. We are happy to visit you across Lancashire, including if you are looking for roofers in Preston. You can trust us to look after your home, and come to Absolute for the best roofers in Burnley!