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Warning signs your roof is in disrepair

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Warning signs your roof is in disrepair

Apart from the obvious water gushing through the ceiling, there are other tell-tell signs that your roof is in need of some love and care – a roof repair!

Many homeowners don’t pay much attention to their roof until it is too late and there is something really obviously wrong.  This can be costly – maintaining a roof can prevent roofing problems before they cause widespread damage and can save you lots of time and money.

Here are some signs to look out for:

  1. Missing and curled Shingles

Curling, cracked, or missing shingles are an indication your roof is in trouble. This means your underlayment is exposed to the elements, which can lead to leaks. Don’t hang about if you notice this as this could lead to further damage and higher costs – contact Lethbridge Roofing and we can be right out to you.

  1. Roof Holes

Again, as with the above, water can seep through even in the smallest of gaps. If you can see holes that could allow rain into your property, consider getting professionals to inspect your roofing. A good give away for holes is if you can see outside light coming in to your loft. This is a serious matter that requires fast attention and repair.

  1. Roof Age

A decent asphalt shingle roof can last up to 30 years. If yours around that age,  it would be pertinent to ask professionals roofers to inspect your roof and provide a condition report. A roofing expert can tell you whether it’s safe to leave it a few more years or if you need to replace it now before damage occurs.

  1. Sagging Roof

A sagging roof often indicates a structural issue. There could be a problem with the decking in the loft or the foundation. Failing to investigate this is actually putting you and our family at risk as the roof could collapse.

  1. Shingles that are dark, dirty, or even wet

If shingles are allowing moisture to be trapped, they aren’t doing their job. Keep in mind that the wetness may not be right under the offending shingle (since water runs downhill).

  1. Shingle granules in your gutters

Composite or asphalt shingles shed their granules when they start to wear out. These granules often find their way into your gutters. The granules look like coarse, black sand.

  1. Increase in energy bills

If you suddenly see a rise in your heating bills, the heat may be leaking out through your roof. But if you address this ventilation issue in your loft, your heating bills should drop.

  1. Wear and tear around roof items and openings

Chimneys, vents, pipes, and other objects that penetrate your roof are places where deterioration may initially develop. Often, the fixes can be confined to these specific areas, so make sure you periodically check.

  1. Peeling or blistering of exterior property paint

If your loft is poorly ventilated, moisture or increased humidity can build up near the roofline, which can cause paint to peel or blister (this may also be a sign that the gutter system is failing).

  1. Interior wall or ceiling stains

A pretty obvious sign there could be a roof leak – water stains or discolouration on walls or ceilings can be caused by this as well as pipe leaks of course. But your roof’s underlay may be allowing moisture into your home, which leads to the stains. If this is the case, you need your roof replaced.

  1. Leaks in the loft after heavy rain

If rain is getting into your loft, it may simply be a question of replacing some flashing. But again, if the culprit is a porous underlay, you’ll probably need a roof replacement.

Lethbridge Roofing Ltd. offers high quality roofing services and products to meet your requirements. Our team ensures professional roof replacement for long-lasting peak performance. You can choose from our wide range of residential or commercial roofing options. Call us at 01992 578013. We serve customers in Essex, North London, East London, Hertfordshire and areas beyond – please contact us for a no obligation chat.


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