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Do You Need to Repair, Patch or Replace Your Roof?

Roof Repair Northampton

Your roof is an important part of your home and will need ongoing repair and maintenance to stay strong. However, knowing whether you need to repair, patch or outright replace your roof can be tricky. Quality roofers understand about repairing and patching your roof is a very skilled job and should only be conducted by

There are a few warning signs that you should keep in mind when it comes to your roof. Depending on what the problem is, a different roofing solution is needed. We aim to give you a proper education in the matter by talking about the different types of damage and their corresponding solution. So, without further ado, let’s dive right into it and get started.

Repairing and Patching Your Roof

In a lot of cases, you can repair and patch your roof without having to replace it. This method is a cost-effective solution for roof repair, so knowing what to look for can help a lot. Let’s talk about some of the common signs of roof repairs.

Cracked, Missing and Loose Roof Tiles

The first thing you need to keep an eye out for is any cracked, missing or loose roof tiles because these are just your basic repair job. Check your roof for obvious signs of damage every couple of months or just after a storm – harsh weather can be damaging for roofs.

Moss and Mould

Moss and mould growth are two things which may seem innocent at first but can quickly play havoc with your roof. Generally, seeing this kind of growth on your roof could point to a section rotting away or just that there’s a lot of dampness. In either case, it’s a repair job.

Visible Light From the Attic/Roof

If you can see sunlight coming in from the roof, you’ve got a crack or a hole to deal with. Understandably, this is not great and points to an area of weakness that will be exploited during storms and rainfall.

Damage to Ridges

If your ridges are in bad shape, they can damage the rest of your roof if you don’t repair them properly. These ridges are what stop water from entering the roof, so it is important to keep a proper eye on them.

Replacing Your Roof

In some situations, you’re going to have to replace the roof entirely – an expensive solution but also necessary if the damage is severe. Without a secure and well-maintained roof, you’re at risk of massive damage to your home on a structural level. Let’s talk about the signs you need to replace your roof outright.

Sagging

The ridges on a pitched roof should form a straight line. If they don’t, it can indicate structural damages – these can quickly turn into a collapsed roof if not sorted. For this reason, a partial or even full roof replacement is necessary.

Leaks

If it rains or snows, and you experience leaks, then it is probably the case that your property has become heavily damaged. These leaks can quickly turn into water damage, and requires a replacement roof.

Debris

If you encounter objects which have fallen either onto the roof or gone right through it, damaging it and weakening the rest of the roof, then you need to replace the roof. If left unattended, it will quickly destroy the rest of your roof. You need to act quickly if your roof is damaged, and in some cases, you need to replace the roof entirely – it all depends on the scope of the damage.

Powdering/Delamination/Flaking (Slate)

If you have a slate roof, then you could be at risk of either flaking, delaminating or powdering tiles. While oftentimes slate tiles can be turned over to extend the lifespan, if you notice these particular issues, that is a sign you need to replace the roof entirely. The slate has deteriorated and is no longer effective when it comes to protecting your home.

Sedimentary Deposits (Concrete)

If you have tiles made of cement and notice sedimentary deposits in the gutters, that is a sign that you need to replace your roof. This process happens because the concrete tiles have oxidised – the term given to them becoming a powder and being eroded by wind and rain – and this can lead to a major weakness in the tiles. If left unchecked, you might face substantial structural damage.

Final Thoughts

It’s definitely possible to have a partial replacement roof – we only need to replace damaged areas in some cases. This method can be cheaper than a full roof repair and makes sense if the damage is localised to one area. However, we recommend that you have a full replacement done if you can afford it.

As we’ll be on the property replacing the roof anyway and have all the equipment to do so, opting for a complete roof replacement is the easiest way to do things. It’ll save you a lot of time and effort because otherwise, we’ll just have to come back at some point and replace the other part of your roof, and they’ll forever be uneven in terms of lifespan and general maintenance. It’s also cheaper to do it all at once.

There are situations where you only need to think about repairing the roof and not replacing it entirely. Plenty of damage done to your roof is small and easily fixed – however, we can’t stress the importance of regular maintenance enough. It is so important to spend time and money getting your roof regularly maintained. Aside from keeping you safe from the bulk of structural and property damage, a well-maintained roof is also good for the value of your property.

Naturally, if you do need a roof repair done, we would be happy to help. Our team has plenty of experience working with roof repair, maintenance and replacement, offering industry knowledge and a quick turnaround. We know how important your roof is, and we won’t mess you around – our teams work quickly and effectively to get your roof back in good condition. We recommend everyone explores roof maintenance properly before winter arrives.

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