Maintaining your roof and undertaking repairs when required is crucial. Regular inspections and repairs will help the roof to last longer and protect your home from the rain. Plus, secure cladding will seal your home and keep the extreme heat and cold out of the roof cavity, thus helping to regulate the building temperature. Here are several issues you might need to address with roofing repairs.
Cracked and Dislodged Tiles
Tiles can degrade over time and become brittle, making them more susceptible to cracking. They can also shift out of place after a wild storm if debris falls on the roof. You should fix this issue immediately by repairing or replacing the tiles. If you let rain flow into the roof cavity, it can rot ceiling plaster, roof insulation, and damage the timber beams that hold up the cladding.
Corrugated metal roofs can also suffer from degrading over time. For example, metal can develop rust spots that grow into holes. One especially troublesome area is the roof flashing. This metal covers the edges of a protuberance, such as a chimney. Your contractor can advise on the best course of action, whether the cladding can be repaired or that section of the roof will need to be replaced.
One of the most damaging natural elements that a roof protects a building from is rainwater. The rain flows down the roof, along the gutters and through the downpipes to the ground. Sometimes channels can develop different problems. For example, they are often made from sections of guttering joined with fasteners. These connections can loosen and let rainwater flow down the external walls, which can cause mould and moisture damage to the building.
Gutters can also become blocked with leaves, causing the rain to overflow. Another issue is that downpipe sections may loosen and fall to the ground. You can pick up some of these problems by walking around the house when it's raining to watch if the water overflows. But you can often tell from pooled water on the ground or by just simply looking at the guttering to see if it's hanging loose or rusty.
Moss and Algae Growth
Another issue you should address with a roofer is if your tiles are covered in moss and algae. These growths can hold on to water and make the roof damp and heavy, degrading the tiles prematurely. A roofer can do a pressure wash to lift the moss. Doing so will also let them see the condition of the tiles to check for damage and to determine what kind of roofing repair may be required.