It is a simple fact of life that most people don’t spend a lot of time inspecting their roofs for problems. Even if you do spend a lot of time looking at your roof it’s difficult to see all of it considering so much is above eye level. If you have concerns regarding your roof it is best to have it inspected by a professional, even before a problem may become evident. In this article we will discuss some common types of roof damage and explain why it is important to get any problems addressed quickly.
Pooling water anywhere on your roof is a problem. It should be investigated as soon as possible to avoid the problem propagating to internal problems of water damage.
Punctures and Penetrations
Roofing involves several layers and they are all liable to be damaged by hail, wind and falling debris. Areas of roofing surrounding penetrations, such as air intakes, chimneys and sunlights are particularly prone to damage and should be inspected regularly.
Lack of Maintenance
Unfortunately roofing requires considerably more maintenance and upkeep than most building owners dedicate to the task. Even if you don’t have a problem now, if it has been years since you have performed any roof maintenance it is best to hire a professional to give you peace of mind.
Gutters should be cleaned regularly for more than just aesthetic reasons. Clogged guttering can be a fire risk but more commonly, it creates undue stress on the edge of your roof. It causes the gutters to drain slowly, leads to contamination of water tanks with organic residues.
Overhanging trees can cause significant damage to roofs. Not only do limbs pose the problem of potentially falling and causing significant damage during a storm but continual rubbing can loosen roof components or destroy protective surface coatings. If you are concerned about any overhanging trees you should contact a qualified arborist to perform a thorough inspection.
Birds, possums, rats, mice and termites can all cause significant damage to internal and external structures. If you are concerned about any of these pests talk to an expert about having them relocated or dealt with.
Don’t let Small Problems Grow
Roofing problems are not going to fix themselves. Indeed, they are one problem best considered by the age old adage of a stitch in time saves nine. Any small concern or visible damage should be investigated by a qualified professional before the problem snowballs. A small repair is always going to be cheaper than having a whole roof replaced.
Contact Ideal Roofing to Fix Your Roof
Ideal Roofing are roof maintenance professionals based in Sydney. With more than 40 years of experience working in industrial, commercial and domestic roofing and are experts at installing, servicing, fixing and maintaining roofs. Though we specialize in metal roofing we have plenty of experience servicing other materials too. If you need your roof fixed in Sydney call us today on (02) 9525 2066 or contact us online.
Is It Time to Repair or Replace My Roof?
Like all man made structures, roofing only has a limited lifespan. No matter how durable your roof is, it will eventually need to be repaired, upgraded or completely replaced. Understanding and recognizing the obvious signs that your roof has reached this point will ensure that your home or business stays safe in case of an unexpected emergency.
At Ideal Roofing, we are passionate about informing everyday Australians about the ins and outs of our industry; domestic and commercial roofing. Read through our latest post to learn about the signs of roof deterioration and how to best respond to it.
Signs of Roof Deterioration
One of the most obvious signs of roofing deterioration is multiple leaks throughout your property. Look for yellowish stains and peeling paint on the top floors of your home or business to easily spot any leaks. Also inspect door and window frames for any stains that could indicate recent water damage.
Curled shingles are a sure sign that they have started to shrink and become severely weakened. After curling, it is only a matter of time until they become complete detached from your roof, leaving your property susceptible to water entry and subsequent damage. If you’ve noticed that your shingles are starting to curl, it is imperative that you act soon to fight off future problems.
Moss growth may give your roof a quaint, rustic look, but this seemingly innocuous growth can lead to major roofing problems. Widespread moss growth can damage your shingles and open your property up to potential water damage.
Questions to Ask Yourself
After noticing numerous signs of a damaged roof, you must decide whether to settle for roof repairs or to install an entirely new roof.
Here are 3 pertinent questions which should be considered.
HOW BIG OF AN AREA NEEDS REPLACEMENT?
Minor roof damage over a small surface area should be easily repairable at a low cost. However, widespread damage or multiple damaged areas should be treated differently. Having various different water leaks throughout your roof is a sure sign that your roof is past its used-by date and should be completely overhauled.
HOW OLD IS MY ROOF?
The lifespan of your roof will vary depending on the material used and the area you live in, from 10 up to 60 or more years. Consider how long your roof has been standing for, the materials that were used, and the era in which it was built in. If the decades are starting to pile up, it may be time to completely replace the roof over your head.
WHAT’S THE ADDITIONAL COST TO REPLACE THE ENTIRE ROOF?
It is crucial to look at this problem as a long-term venture. While repairing your roof may be the cheaper option, you may save money in the long run by simply replacing it now. If repairing your roof is not materially cheaper than a complete replacement, it would be a wise move to consider an entirely new roof installation.
Have you been thinking that your property’s roofing needs to be repaired or replaced?
Contact Sydney’s roofing specialist for a hassle-free assessment today.
Safeguarding Your Home against Hail Storms
Hail storms can cause havoc for homes, leading to serious roof and property damage after major downpours. This damage doesn’t just happen after those rare days when you get golf ball sized hail stones, either. Serious damage can occur after a hail storm of any size or magnitude.
Luckily, there’s always something you can do today to prevent wind and hail damage in the future. Follow these three basic steps to ensure that your roof will withstand any hail storm that passes through your neighbourhood.
1. Examining the Flashing
At Ideal Roofing, we recommend making semi-frequent assessments of your roof’s general health and well being. Paying particular attention to your roof's flashings is of monumental importance when assessing how hail resistant your property is. Ensuring your flashings are in pristine condition and undamaged will help prevent further overall damage during a hailstorm.
2. Consider Hail Resistant Materials
Not all roofing materials are made equally when it comes to their protection against hailstorms. Clay tiles, for instance, are famously brittle and ineffective after being hit by hail of any size. Meanwhile, asphalt-based roofing performs far better and is historically effective, even in the wake of hail. While not as steadfast as some asphalt roofing, metal sheets are a good hybrid that will cover you in many different circumstances.
Metal roofing has the potential to dent under severe hail, but it is generally strong and reflexive against most grades of hail. Balanced with its other great properties, this makes metal roofing a strong choice for wet weather.
3. Look for Materials Rated for Wind Speed
Choosing roofing that is wind resistant is absolutely essential to ensure the safety of your property during any kind of stormy weather. When searching for appropriate roofing materials, you should balance the pros and cons in regards to different facets of a storm. Clay tiles, for instance, are remarkably effective when safeguarding against hail while also being quite poor in extreme wind. Not only are they susceptible to fall off in high winds, but they can also turn into dangerous projectiles once this happens.
Metal roofing is seen as the premier roofing option when it comes to the wind, boasting the ability to withstand winds of up to 180 – 260 km/h.
CONSULT AN EXPERIENCED ROOF CONTRACTOR
After making a rough initial assessment of your property, we advise you to contact a professional roofing contractor to get the complete picture. They will be able to answer all of your burning questions and properly advise you on how to best balance your largest roofing concerns.
For complete roofing assessments and advice in Sydney, look no further than the experts at Ideal Roofing. Contact us to speak to our friendly staff today.
The 4 Most Common Roof Leak Causes and How to Fix Them
A leaky roof can cause a great deal of frustration and anguish every time significant rainfall occurs. Having to put buckets down under the leaky spot, losing paperwork to the leak and the constant dripping sound at night are all common annoyances during this period.
You also risk more serious damage and costs through the water damage that a leaky roof will inevitably cause. While some roof damage occurs through general wear and tear, some is directly related to unexpected damage to specific roofing areas.
At Ideal Roofing, we have compiled a list of the 4 most common roof leak causes to help you understand and resolve your roofing problems.
1. Cracked Flashing
Flashing is the thin pieces of metal installed under your roofing shingles. It creates a barrier for your home against wet weather and other wild conditions. This barrier is often sealed with tar by roofers and can be broken or penetrated over time from natural wear and tear. When this seal is broken, flashing is left exposed, allowing elements such as wind and rain to affect your property.
2. Broken Shingles
Broken or missing shingles are the easiest problem to spot on your roof due to the fact that shingles make up the outer layer of a roof. Damaged shingles are identifiable by the holes, cracks and patches that will pepper your roof. Similar to cracked flashings, shingle damage occurs after general wear and tear.
3. Your Skylights Were Not Properly Installed
If you notice wet spots underneath your lights and moisture forming around them, it will be quite clear that your skylights are the cause of your leaks. These leaks are really easy to spot and are much easier to fix than structural damage to flashings or shingles. These leaks occur thanks to improper measuring and fitting of the lights upon installation.
4. Blocked Gutters
If you see leaves sticking out of a gutter, this is a sure sign that there are blocked gutters nearby. You will also notice that there is no water trickling out of a downpipe, indicating that the gutters are not doing their job. These leaks are very easy to fix yourself and don’t really require professional help. We suggest using a straightened coat hanger to prod away the blockage and release the trapped water.
CALL A ROOFING SPECIALIST TODAY
WHATEVER THE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM, IF YOU ARE FACED WITH A LEAK IN YOUR HOME, WE ADVISE SEEKING PROFESSIONAL HELP IN MOST CASES. THESE PROBLEMS USUALLY REQUIRE A ROOFING PROFESSIONAL TO REMEDY THE UNDERLYING ISSUE AND REPAIR YOUR LEAKY ROOF. WITH PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE, YOU CAN ALSO BE SURE OF A JOB WELL DONE.
Don’t put up with an annoying leaking roof any longer. Contact Sydney’s roofing experts at Ideal Roofing for no fuss roof repairs today.