When it comes to your investment, place of business or personal home, keeping what’s very important to you safe and dry makes your roof one of the most important parts of your building. Regular maintenance of your roof is not only good for its appearance, but it can also save you money. If you delay inspecting the condition of your roof it will eventually wind up costing you more money and will become an even greater burden to deal with in the long run. So when is the right time to do something about your roof (new or existing)?
It depends on the current state of the building and what you want to do. If you have plans of selling your building or have begun to feel like (or see) there are major structural changes that it needs (like better wind and water resistance), it’s probably a good idea to take a look at replacing your roof. Below is a guideline that you can follow to help you handle potential issues with your roof:
They’re not like a bottle of fine wine.
Roofs can age…ungracefully.
Your roofing and the asphalt shingle of a roof should only last between 20 and 30 years. If your roof is inching closer to towards the end of its life expectancy, then you may be facing a potential issue, even if your roof seems fine when looking at it from the ground level.
If your roof is beginning to age, you may only have a few years left before you need to consider replacing it, especially if you are considering selling your building. One of the best ways to determine if it is time to replace your roof is when you notice that the neighbours have started to change their roofs, in which case, you may also want to consider doing the same.
A sagging roof. A sad reality.
If your entire roof has begun to sag, this is a sign that your roof is in need of immediate and urgent attention. It may be that your roof could be facing major structural issues. Occupying a building with a roof that is sagging and hasn’t been checked could mean people within that building might be in danger. As an owner of a building, home, construction site or business premises you have a duty of care to check that everyone within that building is safe. It’s in everyone’s best interest that you solve this issue sooner rather than later as the damage could progress quickly. In this situation, we suggest that you call a roof expert as soon as you possibly can.
Moss or algae where it’s not welcome
If your roof has become covered in moss or algae, this is typically a superficial issue that does not affect the structural abilities of your roof.
It’s important that no matter how you decide to tackle this, that you do not attempt to solve the issue on your own by scraping away the algae from the metal or tiles. This is will begin to chip or scrape away at the tile or paint which can cause greater damage to your roof that will end up costing you a lot more to replace. Consider speaking with a roofing professional who will determine the extent of the problem and how to manage it.
Rays of sunshine coming through your roof?
Sunlight peeking through your roof is a sign that your roof is in dire need or being repaired or replaced sooner rather than later. This is a Class A Red Flag. Essentially, if sunlight can get through your roof, so can the wind, rain and in some parts of Australia, the snow.