Regular maintenance of your roofing is very important for prolonging its life span and making sure that it performs well against weather conditions, extreme temperatures, outside noises, and moisture.
Most homeowners are looking for different ways to save a dollar, and they often think that it’s a good idea to skip roof maintenance or other preventive operations. In the long-term, inspecting your roof in time will actually save money, since it prevents expensive repairs.
But how do you know if you need to patch, repair or replace your roof?
What to Look for When Inspecting Your Roof
First of all, it’s important to mention that you should inspect your roof anytime there’s extreme weather, or once every few months if your roof is already old. Here are the signs of damage you should look for:
- Water pooling on the roof and affecting the tiles (discoloration, for example;)
- A distorted, warped line where the roof meets the exterior walls;
- Granules that you notice in the water flushed down the gutters (a sign of erosion;)
- Water infiltrating in the attic, mold appearing in random spots, warped ceiling or walls in the attic;
- Debris and clutter from the outside found inside your home (you might have a hole in the roof;)
When to Repair?
If you find signs that your roof needs repairs, call a roofing expert to assess it properly. They might be able to fix the existing tiles or sheets, which is good news since roof repairs are usually the cheapest option. If the cost of repairs goes up, replacement or patching might be better.
When to Patch?
Small areas with damage beyond repair work can be fixed with patching. Most homeowners keep a box of extra shingles for situations like these. Make sure you store those properly, as they won’t match the rest of the roof if you didn’t take proper care of them. A tiled roof is the easiest to patch, and metal roofing can be fixed too with a new panel.
When to Replace?
If you notice multiple damage spots and your roof keeps getting cracks, holes, water damage spots, or other issues, it’s actually more cost-effective to have it completely replaced. Roofs have a limited life span, with asphalt shingle roofs lasting about 20 years, for example. If enough time has passed, plan and invest in a roof replacement. Even if new roofs cost a lot, having a damaged roof for a long time can inflict further damage on your home.
Another option is having a roof restoration, which involves repairing, cleaning, and repainting the roof, prolonging its life.
If you need any of the operations mentioned above, it’s best to call a roofing contractor, as DIY jobs rarely match the pro result. Try working with the same company that did your roof installation, as they know exactly what they are dealing with.
Call City2Surf for inspections, repairs, patching, and replacing. We will also offer you the best option at an affordable price. Give us a call today on 1300 296 842.