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A complete guide to your Roof Inspection

Prevention is better than a cure also less expensive – and when it comes to your roof, you should take no chances. Regular roof inspections are a surefire way to pick up on potential problems before they become full blown disasters. Roof inspections can always benefit from a professional eye, however if you prefer the DIY route, there are checks that homeowners can perform themselves. Use our handy roof checklist to make sure you cover the essentials.

Before You Begin... Stay Safe

Always be cautious when using a ladder to reach height level, always have able body person holding the ladder or fully secure before climbing (we do not recommend that people climb on ladders, a slip or fall from even a small height could cause very serious or fatal injuries to happen)   If you seriously think your roof may already be damaged, do not attempt to mount it under any circumstances. Often, staying on the ground and performing a visual inspection with binoculars can be enough to spot obvious issues – anything more detailed will require a professional, such as TCK Roofing, to pick up on those hidden problems.

Your Roof Inspection Checklist What to Look For

Cracked, curled, disturbed or slipping or missing tiles or slates:

If your tiles/slates are damaged or missing, this leaves areas of your roof exposed to the elements, which may further escalate any issues. Don’t delay with repairing or replacing – professionals, such as TCK Roofing, will nip any problems in the bud in the correct and proper profession manner needed.

Debris and vegetation:

Debris and vegetation can gather and pool on some rooftops also in gutters and valleys also help block up rain water pipes and outlets, especially if your property is positioned close to trees. This organic matter is bad news for your roof, holding moisture and encouraging wildlife to thrive – the dampness and extra weight can therefore impact the health of your roof.

Old naturally deteriorated, brittle or loose nails:

To spot these, you will need to perform a close-up inspection, this should be performed by a skilled professional tradesperson who will not cause further disturbances or damages to happen during the inspection. Any badly deteriorated, rusting, missing or loose nails is a warning signs that slates/ tile are about to coming loose which could be dangerous if debris fall down and hit people or other parts of the property at lower level, Those problems which should be head off at the pass to prevent further damages happening and more expensive repair costs to be incurred

Chimney quality:

Look out for deterioration on the pointing/mortar joints, loose masonry, deteriorated or flaking on the brick, heavy wet marks appearing on the sides of the stack, a leaning appearance or unusual holes appearing.

Dripping gutters

Overflowing, leaking or dripping gutters are a sure sign of blockage with leaves or other debris or deterioration, and could be affecting the smooth flow of water around the exterior of your home. Leaking guttering can cause wet rot and decay to happening to timber fascia and soffits, timber window frames or others below also wet dampness to parts of main walls below if the repairs are not carried out in a professional manner inside a reasonable time.

Interior Leaks Or Creeping Wet Dampness From Roofing:

Don’t miss the inside of your home – some telltale signs of roof deterioration can be picked up simply by looking at the inside of your home, namely your attic space. Note any sagging or  wet stain marking on the roof timbers, under side of valley boards, on walls and chimney breasts below roof level, which could indicate roof leaks, creeping wet dampness or structural problems.

Pooling water:

This may be especially prominent on flat roofs, and could indicate a sagging roof structure. A large amount of trapped water is held on a roof not designed to carry this extra weight could lead to further damages happening.

Tile lines with bumps and deviations:

Take extra care if you spot these, as it could signal structural issues and roof movement caused by weak roof frame, lack of support and strengthening needed also movement of wall plate beams or brickwork at top of parapet walls. In these cases, it’s also worth checking your interior ceilings and tops of walls below roof level for signs of cracks in the plastered surface or brickwork, to see if the problem has a wider scope than you first thought.

Ventilation, Condensation, Mold or Fungus Growth:

Check that your roof is properly ventilation, do not block up eves with insulation or other stored items. Serious condensation can lead to fungus growth, cause dampness to get on to ceilings and may also cause wet rot decay to happen to hidden parts of the roof timber at lower levels.

Moss or algae:

Opinion is divided as to whether moss or algae is truly harmful to a roof structure, or it is simply aesthetically displeasing. However, plants hold moisture in their roots which, when held closely against tiled/slated surface roof and adjacent brickwork.

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