Welcome to my blog, my name is Daisy. A few years ago, my husband and I purchased an old house which required a lot of work. We spent many weeks gutting the place and installing new flooring, painting the walls and clearing the garage space of junk. However, my favourite part of renovating the house was the roof. I loved climbing onto the roof to inspect the tiles, removing and recycling the broken ones and replacing the gaps with new tiles. I also learnt how to waterproof and maintain our roof so that we can avoid problems in the future. I started this blog to help others who are interested in carrying out restoration or repair work on the roof of their home.
It's not unusual for homeowners to wait until their roof actually collapses or develops a gaping hole to think about having it repaired. Roof repairs can be expensive, and if the roof seems to be holding up, many homeowners assume it's fine or that they can put off repairs for another year. In truth, avoiding repairs can actually make a problem worse and cause you to need much more expensive repairs down the road. Note a few signs that your home's roof needs repair so you don't overlook these in your own home.
1. It doesn't look smooth and even
Older roofing tiles may begin to curl and pull away from the roof so that the entire covering doesn't look very smooth and even. Compare your roof to a newer roof in the neighborhood, and you might readily notice the difference. With a new roof, the tiles all aim downward and the roof slope looks smooth and even. Once tiles get worn and brittle, the corners and edges begin to pull up so that the roof surface looks jagged and uneven. Once this happens, tiles may be more likely to blow off or simply pull away completely; they are also not insulating your home and protecting it from water seeping in below the tiles as they should, so it's time to get the roof repaired.
2. Your house feels colder or warmer than it should
Your home's roof is part of what keeps it insulated, so if your home feels drafty in the winter or very warm in the summer, it's time to look at the roof. Shrunken or missing tiles can be allowing in cold or hot air and allowing your heat or air conditioning to escape. You may also have holes in the roof that you cannot see from the street but which are causing your home to be less insulated than it should be. If you see a sudden spike in your utility bills, this too can be a sign that the roof needs repair.
3. The chimney needs repair
When water collects on the roof, it can put pressure on the chimney and cause the brick and mortar to soften. When this happens to the chimney, this water can also be damaging the roofing tiles and materials. If you've noticed that you have crumbling areas of your chimney, you want to call a contractor to inspect it and the home's roof as well, so any damaged tiles can be replaced at the same time as the chimney is repaired.
For more information about roof repairs, contact a local roofing contractor.