Just like humans need to keep an eye on their blood pressure, and cars need servicing occasionally, buildings should be regularly inspected to make sure that no structural issues have set in.
If there is any damage to your house, such as rot or mold, it’s going to be much easier to resolve if you catch it early.
The roof is possibly the most important part of the house in terms of keeping damage from the elements to a minimum, yet roofs are often neglected because they are relatively hard to access.
It might be time to give your roof a checkup!
1. Check for missing or broken tiles
If your house has a tiled roof or even roof shingles, the first thing you want to do is probably check for broken or missing tiles.
It is quite common for roof tiles to get damaged during storms, and missing or broken tiles are not necessarily a sign that anything is structurally wrong with your roof.
However, even if there are only a few cracked or missing tiles, you want to organize a roofing repair as soon as possible since leaving your roof unrepaired could lead to more serious issues down the line.
2. Check for water seepage under the tiles
If you notice any water seeping out from under your roof, that’s a sign that your roof needs repairing.
The underlayment of your roof should be completely watertight, as damp can easily and quickly damage your house and have adverse effects on your health.
Stains on the ceiling or on the upper part of your walls, discoloration of the roof or walls, or an unexplained musty smell in the house could also be signs of water seepage from the roof.
As with all other roof issues, call a roofing repair company as soon as possible to fix this issue before it gets any worse—and it will!
3. Pay attention to the temperature of your rooms
A damaged, leaky roof can cause the temperature of certain rooms in your house to drop lower than that of other rooms.
If you notice that the rooms in your house have different temperatures even though they’ve had the same amount of heating, hire a roofing contractor to check that your roof is in good health.
Of course, differences in room temperature could also be the result of insufficient insulation, especially in the attic space of your house.
Here is a primer on all the ways you can install additional insulation in your home.
4. Check for new buildings nearby
Finally, one way to make sure that your roof is in the best possible state it can be is to check whether new, higher buildings have been added near your house since the time you purchased it.
If rain or snow falls onto the roof of your house from higher adjacent buildings, you need to make sure that your roof has enough drainage capacity to accommodate the runoff.