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Does Your Roof Need Repairs?

The sooner you respond to the first signs of roof damage the better. By inspecting your roof annually, and immediately after stormy weather, you can spot any signs of trouble and make the necessary repairs. Seeing to maintenance issues early on will mean cheaper repair costs and prevent more serious issues from developing. Watch out for these tell-tale signs that you need roof repairs. Easily Detected Signs of Roof Damage Fortunately, it is possible to spot a number of potential problems without needing to venture onto the roof. Water Damage: Peeling paint and water marks on your ceiling are sure signs that there is a roof leak. Warped or cracked plaster can also indicate there is water exposure Increased Energy Bills An unexplained increase in your heating or cooling costs may also be a sign that your roof is not performing its role effectively. Cracks may be leaving the roof exposed to the elements and air is freely entering the home. Roof Structure and Shape Signs of sagging can indicate problems with the underlying support or trusses. The wood may be deteriorating and beginning to rot.  Typical Problematic Areas When Inspecting from the Roof – A more comprehensive inspection, carried out by climbing on to the roof, is needed in order to properly detect any further signs of possible problems. If you are confident and able to tackle heights, look out for the following signs. Flashings All roofs need to have openings where vents, pipes, dormer windows, chimneys and air-conditioning units are installed. These areas are the weakest parts and are at most risk of potential damage. The apertures are usually covered with metal pieces called flashing. The seals around these apertures can degrade over time, or may not have been installed correctly. They gradually become less watertight and allow moisture into the cavity, eventually causing rotting and possible interior wall damage as well. Additional Checks to Carry Out While on the roof the other signs you may notice are: ·Broken or missing tiles ·Damaged ridge capping and pointing ·Moss and lichen growing on the surface ·Gutters filled with gritty and sandy material – indicating that the roof surface is deteriorating ·Gutters clogged with leaves and debris What to Do Next Should you find any signs of trouble, you may well be able to take on some of the...