Having a roof over your head is one of the great comforts of life, as the old adage goes. But having a roof thatâ€™s in good repair is key. So how can you tell if your roof is in good condition, or if you need a new roof?
Visible damage on the outside
To get an idea of whether your roof may be in need of repairs, head outside with a pair of binoculars and find a good vantage point from where you can easily see your roof.
Once youâ€™re set up, scan your roof for visible problems that may be affecting the health of your roof.
First look for evidence of leaks, such as mould, algae or mildew, or dark spots where water has gathered. These can be evident on the underside of your roof, or areas such as eaves.
Second, inspect the flashing around chimney areas and on angled areas of the roof. Flashing can be damaged due to the property moving and settling, by improper installation, or from issues arising from the surrounding tiles or shingles.
Next, check your roof tiles or shingles for damage or disrepair. Signs of damage include missing tiles, tiles that are curling at their edges, or that are buckling. Other signs include tiles showing evidence of blistering or rotting.
These can all be signs of structural issues that may lead to disrepair, or of water damage that has seeped into the tiles, rendering them in need of replacement.
Visible damage on the inside
Roofing damage can also be assessed from inside the home, with interior issues often indicative of leaking or of ventilation issues.
When inside your home, look for dark spots in attic or roof areas, on ceilings, and on any supporting beams made of wood. These can indicate water damage. Roof areas and ceilings that appear to be transparent, or that are sagging can also be indicative of water logging, leaks, or condensation problems, and may indicate that you need a new roof.
The roofing experts at Westwood Roofing can assist with all of your roofing diagnosis needs, so if you suspect that you may need a new roof, we can let you know just how healthy your roof is, and what needs to be done to keep it in great shape.