When was the last time you had your roof inspected?
We’re not gamblers, but we’re going to safely bet that it’s been a while!
Many of us consider our homes to be one of our biggest and therefore most important investments. As such, regular roof check-ups are something homeowners should always keep in mind… especially if you plan on maintaining a fully functional roof for years to come!
The simple truth however is that many homeowners (rightly or wrongly) often forget to have their roofs checked out. Many have the idea that “if it’s still keeping the water out, so it must be doing fine”.
Sometimes however, you simply can’t deny that you need urgent roof repairs (or even perhaps complete roof replacement).
If you notice any of the following problems, our advice is to call a professional for immediate roof repairs – now!
Sign #1: Experiencing leaks? You need urgent roof repairs
Your roof’s main job is to keep water out of your home. In fact, most people take it to mean that as long as it keeps the elements out, things are sunshine and lollipops.
Roof health isn’t that simple – that said, a leaky roof is one of the most immediate and obvious signs of a problem.
Even a small leak can turn into a major pain when it happens every time it rains.
Who wants to run around around the house precisely lining up buckets with a leaking roof every time it drizzles? Certainly not us!
And what happens when it rains while you’re out – either for the day or out of town for a month? Your poor carpets and furniture…
Fixing a small leak is much better than simply waiting for it to disappear.
Best of all, it’s hard to miss – even during the drier seasons, watermarks and stains can point towards a leaking roof.
Sure, you can DIY it using a sealant or patching a hole. But the only way to guarantee an end to leaks for good is to hire a professional roofer to do the job – the right way – for you.
Sign #2: What do you do when your ceiling starts sagging?
We’re not going to sugarcoat it: a sagging roof is really dangerous!
In the vast majority of cases, roof sagging is the result of water damage. Not all roof leaks make it through your ceiling – in many cases, water can pool up, causing damage to your ceiling and the supports that keep it up.
The result? The unmissable sag.
Every second a sagging ceiling goes without repair increases your chances of a cave-in and serious injury.
Sagging roofs can be caused by flawed construction, poor materials or even shoddy design. A weak support or damaged roof foundation can also be the reason why your roof is sagging. Other times, it could be something as simple as an undiagnosed leak.
Whatever the reason, make sure you organise an urgent inspection from a qualified roofing contractor.
Sign #3: Cracks and holes
While we’re on the topic of repairs, holes and cracks in your roof is another serious issue that call for serious solutions.
Pulled out nails or roof fixtures coming loose from their mountings can create cracks in your roof. And unpatched holes can cause leaks, damaging your roof and leading to the above two issues.
It’s not just leaks that are a problem either – cracks can are like a 5-star hotel for mould and mildew. No direct sunlight, moisture build-up, plenty of leaves and debris to feed on… the only way to avoid these for sure is to plug up any cracks or holes ASAP!
Sign #4: Rotted or worn-out underlay and sarking
This one’s a little bit harder to notice. But it’s no less important!
When our roofs leak, most of us think about our roof. Few of us think about the damage the water might be doing to our roof underlay and sarking!
If your roof is the first line of defence against the elements, then your underlay and sarking are the second. Installed directly underneath your roof, they play a vital role in:
- Noise reduction
- Moisture protection
If water is getting through to your ceiling chances are you’re suffering from worn-out underlays in addition to a leaking roof!
Sign #5: Ceiling stains
We briefly touched on this above, but we’re going to reiterate it. Brown-coloured ceilings are a bad sign, and often signal that something’s wrong with your roof.
Active roof leaks often cause ceiling stains, normally in ceiling corners and near exhaust fans. Worse, there’s probably nasty mould growing on the other side!
If you happen to notice discolouration, ask your local roofing contractor to inspect your roof for any leaks or damage.
Sign #6: Clogged gutters and roof plumbing
Gutters play a crucial role in protecting your home by draining rainwater from your roof before it pools up.
If you notice that water is spilling out of your gutter like a waterfall every time it rains, then you might be suffering from a clog. Debris, dirt and plant growth in your gutter can hamper the function of your gutter and can cause further damage to your roof.
When this happens, it might be time to call for gutter repairs in Melbourne.
Click here to learn the other signs you might be in need of urgent gutter repairs.
Don’t ignore the signs – contact Watermaster for roof repairs in Melbourne
A damaged roof mightn’t be causing major problems right now… leave it for long enough however and it easily can!
If you notice any of these red flags in your home, contact a professional roofing contractor for an inspection and roof repair.
Watermaster Roofing understands how important your home is to you. And in our opinion, one of the best ways to take care of it is by ensuring your roof is in tip-top condition!
providing the most professional roofing service in Melbourne’s east and southeast.
Our team is proud of our ability to deliver high-quality roofing work for both commercial and residential properties all across Melbourne’s east and south-east, including:
- Roof plumbing and guttering
- Roof repairs
- Roof replacement
- Metal roof installation
Give us a call today on 1300 156 650 to arrange an onsite inspection of your home.
Want to discuss your next roofing project or simply have a question? Get in touch with us!