Whether you own or maintain a domestic, commercial or industrial property the cost of replacing your roof prematurely is always going to be more than maintaining it. The upkeep of roofs is important and in this article we will dispel some of the myths and discuss major dos and don’ts of roofs.
Inspect Your Roof
To maintain the longevity of your roof and address any problems before they cause more significant structural damage to your building, inspect your roof regularly. Look for anything unusual or irregular, mould, mildew, pooled water or visible damage. It is safer to do this with binoculars than to attempt climbing on your roof, not only is it dangerous but climbing on your roof can damage it.
Do Not Power Wash
A common roof cleaning misconception is that power washers are a good idea. Generally speaking power washers have the potential to cause more damage than they clean. They run at such pressure that they can strip microscopic and transparent protective layers and additionally they can drive water into crevices and fittings. While this might leave your roof looking great, using a pressure washer can create a pathway for future problems to develop.
If you do need to clean your roof, there are specialist roof cleaning products available but it is usually a better idea to hire a qualified professional to make sure the job is done right first time around. The added bonus of hiring a professional is that they can give you an appraisal of any other roofing issues that might need attention.
Leaves, branches and other debris should be removed from your roof at your earliest convenience. Blocked guttering can cause a multitude of problems including pooling. Pooling in gutters creates excess weight that will wear down on the structural integrity of the roof over time. Additional organic and non-organic debris can accumulate moisture and lead to the propagation of mould. Be particularly wary of valleys in roofing between two joining slopes as debris here can lead to pooling during storms that increases the likelihood of water finding a way through your roof.
Fix Problems Early
The cost of reroofing is usually going to be greater than the cost of repairs unless you have several problems. It is worth considering reroofing if you do have an old roof with lots of problems but it is better to let an expert make this assessment. Some roofing problems can be fixed relatively cheaply, but all roofing problems run the risk of developing into more serious problems if they are not dealt with quickly and efficiently.
Contact Ideal Roofing to Inspect, Maintain and Repair Your Roof
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Ideal Roofing have more than 40 years of experience with roofs in Sydney. We are one of the largest companies in the industry and work with commercial, industrial and residential properties. We offer a complete range of roofing services and can give you a free quote today. Call us on (02) 9525 2066 or contact us online.
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.
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.