7 Signs That Your Roof Needs A Repair Check
Knowing when your roof might need repairs can be tricky. After all, it’s not something we check every day, and it’s not an easy task getting up there. However, this is an integral part of the structure of your property, and it needs to be looked after.
As such, it’s important to check on your roofline regularly. The good news is that there are some signs you can look out for that might give you a hint that your roof is in need of repair.
In this guide, we’ll share the seven signs that it’s time to get up on your roof (or have someone do it for you) and check it over to see if there’s work to be done. These signs include:
1. Granules in your guttering
Your guttering can tell you a lot about the state of your roof, and one of the telltale signs is granules in your guttering. If you inspect your guttering – and you should – only to find that there is sand-like granules or shingle inside, this could be a sign that your tiles are breaking down and wearing away.
Not only this, but if you notice that your guttering is coming away from the roof, this could also be a sign that your roof or tiles are becoming loose. Keep a look out for these two key signs, and be sure to inspect your roof in more detail.
2. Moss on the roof
Have you started to notice that there is a lot of moss growing on your roof? While this might not seem like a bad thing, moss typically likes to grow in moist places, which means your roof could be retaining large amounts of moisture.
If you don’t get this sorted right away, it could lead to problems further down the line. As such, it’s a good idea to get the moss professionally removed to stop any rotting or excessive moisture.
One of the most obvious signs that you need to check your roof is if you notice leaks or water stains. Moisture in the attic is also a big giveaway. If you notice leaking when it rains, this is a sign your roof has cracks or holes in it, and this should be dealt with immediately.
Another way to see if there are leaks or moisture getting through is to look for patches of mould or mildew. This grows in the presence of moisture, so keep an eye on your ceilings and in your loft for patches of growth.
4. Animals in the attic
If you start to notice critters, mice or perhaps even birds getting into your roof, this can be bad news for your property. These animals have to be getting in somehow, which means there has to be gaps or holes.
Often, this problem can be fixed with insulation, but it’s a good idea to do a detailed inspection of the roof or attic to see if you can see how the animals are getting in. You also need to call an exterminator to deal with those already living in your property.
5. Sagging rafters
It might seem an obvious point, but your roof should always be straight and steady. So, if you begin to see bowing, sagging or bending, this could indicate a leak or water accumulation. If this is the case, it’s best to hire a professional contractor to inspect this for you and tell you what will need to be repaired and how.
6. Sunlight coming in
Another way to spot holes or cracks in your roof is by noticing if streams of light are coming through. This is likely to be up in your attic but could also be in your ceiling, depending on the type of property you have.
Now, these might only be the smallest of beams, but it could mean there are bigger issues with the roof as a whole. So just to be sure, make sure you leave it until dusk or dawn and turn the lights off, close the blinds and ascertain if there is light coming in and where from.
7. Higher energy bills
Finally, if you notice that your heating bills have gone up substantially – and not because the providers have raised their prices – you could have leaks, cracks or holes in your roof. These can cause hot air to escape and cold air to come in, resulting in a hike in your monthly energy bills. So this is something you should definitely keep an eye on.