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Telltale Signs Your Roof Needs Refurbishment

roof refurbOf all of the parts of your home that need to be checked regularly and remedied if anything is amiss, the roof may just be the most important of all, given the protection that it gives you against the elements. Here are some of the biggest indications that it’s time to call our fully-qualified roofing professionals here at ELC Roofing Ltd.

It’s simply too old!

From thatched and copper roofing to slate and zinc roofing, there are many different types of roofing out there, each subject to different lifespans. However, as a general rule, when a roof reaches between 20 and 30 years of age, you will need to be especially vigilant to signs that it needs to be replaced.

Water damage

You might be surprised by how much damage water can wreak on your roof structure, which may eventually become unstable and susceptible to collapse, thereby endangering you and your family. As soon as you see the signs of extensive water penetration of your roof structure, you will know it is time for an out-and-out replacement.

Missing roof tiles

Even just one missing tile from your roof enables water to reach into the roof structure, potentially significantly weakening it. Extreme weather events can cause particular problems in this regard, with strong winds potentially ripping off weak or old roof tiles and heavily rainfall damaging the inside of your roof structure.

Shingle granules

It isn’t always easy to ascertain the condition of your home’s roof from the outside, but the guttering may offer some clues. Shingle granules – which resemble grains of sand – indicate that your roof tiles have become significantly worn down and may even be disintegrating. If that’s the case, you shouldn’t hesitate to request a full roof replacement.

Sunlight visible from the loft

You shouldn’t need us to tell you that this is a bad sign, given that any sunlight reaching into your roof structure also suggests that snow, rain or the simple cold could do the same. If it’s a small hole, you might be able to patch it, but if it is larger, the roof is especially old or there are signs of structural damage, you may be best advised to replace the roofing altogether.

The whole roof is sagging

A sagging roof can be an alarming sight, and although it doesn’t necessarily pose imminent danger, it does indicate a fundamental structural issue, such as with your attic decking or the supports in the foundation. Whatever cause you may suspect, you should get it checked out quickly, as sagging roofing will only become even more difficult to deal with if it deteriorates.

Take swift action when you see any of these signs by contacting ELC Roofing Ltd’s seasoned experts in roof rebuilds, and you can have the problem fixed all the sooner while protecting your roof structure and the safety of you and your family.

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