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.
There are certain situations in which you may need to consider hiring a roofer to replace your property's existing roof with a new one. Read on to find out what these situations are.
You have found out it is made from asbestos
Up until a few decades ago, construction firms frequently used asbestos as a building material. However, after it was found that the tiny fibres that asbestos is comprised of could cause lung cancer if inhaled, the use of this material in the construction industry was banned.
Unfortunately, many homes that were built prior to the point at which the ban was implemented still feature this substance. If you have discovered that the roof of your house is made from asbestos, it would be sensible to arrange for a contractor who specialises in asbestos roof replacement to tear it out and install a new roof. Whilst an intact asbestos roof is unlikely to present a threat to you and your family's health, this part of your home could potentially endanger you if it is damaged in some way.
If during a severe storm, for example, a tree collapses onto the roof of your house and in doing so, creates a large hole, the asbestos from which the roof is made will be disturbed. This could result in some asbestos fibres becoming airborne, which could lead to you or other household members inhaling them.
As such, even if your roof seems to be in perfect condition, in this situation, it would be best to have it replaced as soon as possible, as this will eliminate the possibility of you or your family members being exposed to asbestos in the future.
You have had multiple holes in your roof sealed up during the last few months
If your roofer has had to seal up several holes in your roof over the course of the last few months, then it might be wise to simply have them fit an entirely new roof.
The constant formation of new holes in a roof, which are not caused by impact (such as, for example, an object striking the roof) usually indicates that the materials from which the roof are made have deteriorated to such an extent that they are no longer able to perform their main function (that is, to act as a barrier that protects the rest of the house from the elements). In this situation, it would probably be more cost-effective in the long run to have a new roof installed, rather than continuing to pay for small repairs to be performed on a regular basis.