Your roof experiences the fury of elements such as rain, hail, wind, and snow. Thus, over time, it will need care and attention to keep it secure and sound. Consider the following reasons that may call for a roof repair.
If you detect dark spots or mouldy patches on your ceiling, your roof may be leaking. Cracked tiles or holes in metal sheeting allow rainwater to trickle into the roof cavity. This moisture can then wreak havoc, rotting timber beams that hold up the cladding, which you can't necessarily see. Once the moisture reaches the roof plaster, though, it can produce dampness and mildew, which you'll notice simply by looking upwards. If you can safely scan inside the roof cavity, you can detect holes on a bright sunny day by the golden shafts of sunlight that beam inside.
Sometimes, by scrutinising your roofing from ground level outside, you can spot the damage. Drooping, loose tiles or rusty bits of metal are not things you should neglect. Once the situation progresses, you'll likely notice the dampness indoors. Thus, you might be wise to have an inspection if anything looks amiss on the roof exterior.
Sometimes damage occurs instantly, such as when a tree branch topples during a downpour or blizzard. The situation could be precarious for people inside. This scenario calls for urgent action.
Damp Wall Cladding
When all is well, the roof structure typically stops rainwater from streaming down the external walls of your home. Guttering captures and directs it safely through the downpipes. Thus, if you notice warping or rotting on timber weatherboard cladding or constant dampness on brick, for instance, it could be that rainwater is causing damage. The guttering may be blocked, or the fascia could be damaged. Not attending to this situation will worsen the wall cladding issue.
Hike In Energy Bills
If you've noticed a spike in your energy usage that's not attributable to other issues, the problem may lie with roof gaps. Hot air naturally rises. Thus, in winter, if the roof has holes, all your heater-warmed air will float upwards and escape through the opening. Therefore, you'll continuously be heating new air, only for it to drift outdoors via the roof. Not only is this wasting energy, but it will hike up your bills. In summer, gaps will let hot outdoor air inside, spoiling your air conditioning efforts.
To learn more, contact a roof repair contractor.