8 Hidden Problems on Domestic Roofs

Roofs are an integral part of a property. But when was the last time your roof had a thorough professional inspection?

Inspecting your roof is an important aspect to consider, especially if it’s been some time since it was last done. It’s challenging to see hidden issues, and over time, these may cause problems that are more costly.

The best option is to hire a professional roofer to inspect your property, ensure everything is safe and provides the protection you need from the elements.

Without regular inspections and maintenance, you could be missing vital areas that will present issues in the long term. So, what could be hiding on your roof that you need to think about for maintenance checks?

Below, we take a look at the common elements:

1. Insulation problems

Unless you’re in a new build, insulation may not be up to scratch in older homes. In most properties, around 25% of the heat escapes from the roof, so it’s essential to have the best insulation possible to keep your energy bills down.

Insulation isn’t something you really look at often unless you go into the roof area. But checking it regularly can ensure it hasn’t deteriorated and is still working efficiently for your home.

If you decide to install a new roof, the insulation must meet current building regulations, so ensure you get an experienced and professional roofer to carry out the work.

2. Ventilation

While you want the roof to keep the heat in as much as possible, it’s also important that the area is well-ventilated to reduce condensation. Any moisture build-up can cause mould growth, and this will start affecting other spaces in the homes. For example, you may see mould coming through from the ceiling and wonder what’s causing it.

You often don’t check this area unless you’re in the loft space. So, alongside insulation, it’s essential this area has good airflow.

3. Gutters

Most people aren’t aware there’s a slight art to installing gutters. From ground level, they look horizontal, but they’re actually at a slight pitch to ensure the water runs off so you don’t get any pooling.

Incorrectly installed gutters can cause issues on properties, as any water pooling could cause leaks. In addition, if the gutter is the incorrect size for the house, you may get overflow or blockages, as the water cannot run off efficiently.

A professional roofer will be able to tell you if there are any issues with the gutters and fix any broken clips or sections to keep the water flowing away from your home.

4. Fascias

If you have an older property with timber fascias or roofline boards, these will deteriorate over time. If this happens, you’re more likely to see issues with anything nearby, such as guttering, soffits and tiles. Not only does rotting wood lead to water recess, any small holes can offer a welcome home to pests.

If you’re experiencing this issue, it could be a great time to update the boards to uPVC fascias. These are a great cost-effective and long-lasting solution as the material doesn’t rot like wood, and they can be cleaned and maintained easily.

5. Incorrect tiling installation on extensions

If you’re having a pitched elevation extension, it’s vital to have the correct tiles for the project. Many roofers see incorrect installations for this roof style, as the contractor has selected the wrong tiles, which are incompatible with the elevation aspect.

While this is not always obvious to homeowners, it can be the cause of leaks into the property. So, if you are considering this type of extension, always speak to a roofing professional to get the best materials for the job.

6. Mortar flashings

Again, this is something that typically affects older homes. But mortar flashings may have been used on your property instead of lead. The issue with the material is that it doesn’t expand and contract well in temperature changes, so this can cause cracking.

However, mortar flashings aren’t just exclusive to older properties. Sometimes, developers use them on newer builds as it’s a cheaper option than lead. If you have cracking in your flashings, it’s crucial to get these fixed as soon as possible, as this can cause leaks.

7. Chimneys

If you have a chimney, this is another area to inspect regularly. Damage to the structure and flashings may cause structural issues, and in extreme cases, chimneys can fall, causing roof damage or other property issues.

During a roof inspection, it’s essential to get this checked out too. Even if you don’t use the chimney anymore, checking the structure and getting it properly supported with steel brackets is vital, as wooden ones will deteriorate with time.

8. The roof is over 20 years old

Roof installations naturally have a lifespan, and while this is a good few years, if your roof is over 20 years old, it could be time to think about repairs or replacements. The mistake many people make is assuming roofs last many years without needing to carry out inspections or maintenance. But in reality, it’ll last less time if you don’t undertake these inspections.

Properties that have regular checks could see a roof last well over 20 years and more. However, this also depends on the materials used and weather conditions the roof has been exposed to over its lifetime.

To keep costs down and ensure the longevity of your roof, get an annual inspection to minimise the need to fork out for major repairs.

Professional roof installation in Barnsley

Regular checks and maintenance are vital to prevent these hidden roofing issues from causing costly repairs. At DPR Roofing in Barnsley, our team are on hand to help with all roof repairs, replacements and inspection needs. We have over 30 years of experience in the industry and can advise on the best solutions for your property.

For more information on our roofing services in Barnsley and the surrounding areas, call us on 01226 670 008.