Most Common Roofing Problems and How To Fix Them
Your roof is the most important part of your home’s structure, protecting you from harsh sun and heavy rain. If there is a problem with your roof, it is likely to cause damage to the inside of your home, causing up to thousands of pounds in damage. A roof can suffer from a range of issues, most of which are identifiable and fixable on your own. However, if you’re unsure about fixing these issues on your own, please don’t hesitate to contact your local contractor, as some problems are unsafe for you to fix on your own.
Clogged up gutter
The architectural term for the gutter is the fascia, which runs horizontally around the roof edge and catches any rainwater. It also protects the edges of your roof – which are the most vulnerable part – from the harshness of weathering. The gutter also prevents water from pooling on your roof, which could lead to roof collapse. Blocked gutters and drains are almost always caused by debris such as leaves, dirt, and dust, so it’s important to keep on top on this issue by semi-regularly checking and cleaning the debris from the gutter. We offer a comprehensive guttering service and supply and deliver fascias and soffit installation to help restore or replace your gutter.
Most roofs have space at the base and at the top of the structure to provide ventilation for the warm air that naturally rises throughout the house. A poorly ventilated roof means that moisture and heat can build up in your attic, which if left unchecked can cause some serious issues, such as the build-up of mould and mildew, eventually causing rot and driving up your energy costs. It’s important to act fast to emergency roof repairs to ensure the safety of your home remains intact.
Faulty roof installation
Poorly built roofs can cause a multitude of issues very quickly. Whether it’s down to the tile placement or misplaced nails, water will leak into the roof insulation and reduce your home’s energy efficiency. During bad weather, your tiles may slip and fall off, furthering the water damage and costing you a substantial amount of money. If your guttering is installed improperly, it will direct water to the wrong areas such as chimneys and vents. If you have skylights that are installed incorrectly, these become major weak spots in your roof and will cause more immediate leaks in the structure. To avoid these issues, we highly recommend thoroughly researching your contractor by checking they provide a reputable service when sourcing roof maintenance and roof repairs.
Flashing are the thin pieces of metal which cover any potential gaps in the roof (for example, they are usually placed around the chimney and skylights) to give extra weather protection. Weather and oxidisation are usually the issues with faulty flashing, so if your flashing is looking rusty or weathered, it’s a great idea to get that replaced before it causes any major issues. Flashing can be replaced with ease by your local contractor and costs considerably less than extensive water damage to your home.
Here at Roofer UK, we are a team of experienced specialists who provide reliable roofing services to all our customers throughout Watford, Hempstead, Highgate and the surrounding Hertfordshire area. With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, you can be sure you’ll be receiving a first-rate service and a 10-year guarantee on all our new roofs. If you’re in need of a Roof Inspection or Survey or wish for more information on our services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today!