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Is Your Roof Weatherproof?

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Is Your Roof Weatherproof?

Getting ready for the rainy season.

The roof is the first line of defence of any residential or commercial building against the weather elements. The blazing sun, heavy rainfall, and strong winds don’t easily impact a well-maintained roof. This is why it is essential to check the roof’s condition with every change in season and the rainy months are coming. Is your roof ready for heavy rain?

The Importance of Regular Roof Maintenance

Keeping the roof well-maintained is the best way to protect the home or building from harsh climate conditions. Neglecting the roof results in water leaks and structural damages and could cost thousands of dollars to fix and a roof in a state of disrepair is also a risk to the health and safety of the occupants.

Giving the roof at least twice a year inspection, by yourself or professionally, will help keep it in tiptop shape. Taking care of the basic roof repair and maintenance yourself is relatively easy, but there are cases when roof repair is better left to professionals. The roof experts will know exactly where to look and what to do with different roof issues.

Getting the Roof Ready for Heavy Rain

Give the roof a careful look and inspect for damages and signs of a leak and do not ignore even just one seemingly small issue. A minor gap can easily give way to bigger roof trouble. Here are some tips on what homeowners can do to secure their roof for the upcoming rainy season:

  • Clean the roof’s dirt and debris hotspots.
  • Check for damaged, loose, or missing roof tiles.
  • Look for water and rust damage.
  • Inspect the flashing for any damage.
  • Take a look around the chimney and vents.
  • Clear away tree branches.
  • Consider replacing the old, broken-down roof.

Clean the Roof’s Dirt and Debris Hotspots

The gutters, downpipes, and drains are debris hotspots and prone to blockages. When these areas get blocked, rainwater will overflow and get under the eaves and into the roof cavity. Another thing about uncleared dirt and debris is that mould and algae can form and cause the gutter and roof to rot.

Cleaning the roof of dirt, leaves, twigs, and other debris will help clear away surface water. Don’t forget to clean the roof valleys as well to prevent leaves from making their way into the gutters and cause blockage during a heavy downpour.

Rainwater can easily flow and move away from the roof with a clean gutter, downpipes, and drains. Homeowners should therefore make roof cleaning a priority during roof maintenance.

Check for Damaged, Loose, Or Missing Roof Tiles

Inspect the roof space for any cracks, loose, displaced, or missing roof tiles and get them fixed right away. Don’t forget to also check inside the roof space for signs of roof or sarking damage. A light passing through whatever tiny cavity there indicates the presence of cracks or tiles shifting out of place.

Look for Water and Rust Damage

The roof is also prone to water and rust damage, and the most obvious sign of these would be discolouration. Another tell-tale sign would be the presence of mould, lichen or algae. Moisture build-up causes these signs and should not be ignored.

Roofing material made from concrete or terracotta will show discolouration as a sign of water damage. Metal and tin roof, meanwhile, will have rust on it. Any of these signs means only one thing: The roof is leaking or is about to.

Inspect the Flashing for Damage

Roof flashing may look small, thin, and insignificant, but these roof installations do a crucial job of directing the water flow away from delicate roof areas as this is typically installed in places where water might seep in, such as valleys and joints, protrusions, ridges and around vents and chimneys.

Since roof flashing is critical in keeping the water out, it must not be ignored during roof inspections. Repair or replace loose and rusted flashing, and the roof will do a better job of keeping the water out.

Take A Look Around the Chimney and Vents

Heavy rain, coupled with whipping wind, is a recipe for disaster for any roof, driving water up into projections like chimneys, vents and pipes, and even skylights. Unfortunately, these installations are also huge leak hotspots and should not be ignored. Look for cracks, gaps, worn-out sealant or flashing, and signs of water damage around these areas. Problems can be easily repaired with sealant, caulk and flashing and shingle installation.

Clear Away Tree Branches

Leaves, twigs, and dead branches may fall off and accumulate on the roof. These will become a massive contributor to clogged gutters, downpipes and drains. Tree branches may also scratch the roof and wear away the tiles as they move in the wind.

To prevent damages on the roofing and for better defence against leak, clear away any hanging branches by cutting hanging limbs and foliage to make sure nothing will touch or fall on the roof.

Consider Replacing Old or Broken Roofing

In the case of an old roof with recurring damages, it might be best to consider a replacement. If it’s been more than 25 years since its last replacement, it may become saggy, with badly damaged shingles or mould and will have seen better days. It might be time for a new one.

Although this is an expensive option, perhaps the last resort, a fresh roof installation gives the home more robust weather protection. Think of new shingles, neat flashing, and better sealants. Sometimes, replacing the whole roof can be more cost-effective in the long run than having constant spot repairs.

Keep Your Roof Ready for All Seasons with Sydney Roof and Building Supplies

It is a good idea to check the roof after major weather events like hailstorms but giving it a careful assessment before the bad weather approaches would be extremely beneficial. Make it a point to check the roof’s status from time to time.

If your roof shows signs of damage and deterioration, it will not stand a chance against heavy rains. Give your roof a fighting chance and have it ready for all seasons. For all your roof needs, you can count on Sydney Roof and Building Supplies. We carry a wide range of supplies, from flashing and insulation to workwear and many more.

Visit our shop at Unit 2, 6 Yatala Rd, Mt Kuring-Gai 2080. We are open Monday to Friday, 6am to 4pm. Alternatively, for enquiries, visit us online at srbs.com.au, email us at mark@srbs.com.au or call us on 0280903483.