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Top Roof Damage Culprits

Maintaining the health of your roof is one of the most important things you can do for your home, family and possessions. Choosing durable tiles and being aware of some ways to avoid serious roof damage is the first step to protecting your roof. So to help you keep your roofing tiles in good condition for as long as possible, here is our list of top culprits of roof damage and some tips for avoiding serious damage.

1) Protecting Your Roof From The Wind

This is definitely something you’ll need to consider before construction. Compared to steel or iron for example, slate roof tiles are less susceptible to damage from wind as the individual tiles have a lower total surface area. Slate roofing tiles can also be heavier, so are less likely to fly around in heavy winds. So if you live in a windy area, this is certainly a factor you should consider.

2) Hail Might Damage Your Roof

While a one off hail storm may not cause any significant hail damage, several might. Iron sheeting may loosen from the battering, causing water leaks/damage while slate roofing may eventually suffer wear and tear. Make sure you inspect your roofing after every hail storm.

3) The Effect of Sun

Like many other problems in Australia, our sun can be blamed for roof damage and wear and tear. Painted iron roofing can crack and corrode as the paint fades, adding to the already high cost of maintenance, whereas slate tiling may prove more resistant as it doesn’t have to be painted. Rapid heating and cooling between night and day, especially in the outback, may speed the cracking process, thus allowing water to breach through to the ceiling.

4) Your Roof and Wildlife

This may seem almost comical, but in Australia this can actually be a serious issue. Slate roofing tiles can be damaged or removed by industrious possums looking for a new shelter. Birds nesting on or near antennae can also cause damage, so it’s important to look out for them.

Whether you need slate roofing or roof repair, Westwood Roofing offers a range of services from professional roofing to roof replacement and roof restoration services.

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