A stitch in time saves nine is a common phrase, used to say that it is better to fix a problem when it is small, than to wait for it to become bigger than you can handle!
This stands true for the roofing woes we face when early signs of a damaged roof are ignored. A roof is the first line of defence for all external adversities. It becomes crucial to pay attention towards its wear and tear. It is imperative to observe the early signs of damage and address them well in time to avoid costly repairs that may occur in the future.
Here is an easy guide to know when your roof needs a doctor:
1. Age of roof
Aging of roof is a natural process which can be caused due to various reasons like Pollution, extreme weather conditions etc. Irrespective of the appearance, it is always important to keep a tap of the age of roof. Roofs which are considerably old should be considered for re-maintenance or replacement with better quality materials. One should get the roof inspected by a professional to ascertain the requirement of any maintenance.
2. Deterioration of paint
If the paintwork of the roof gets visibly degraded, it is one of the first signs that the roof either needs maintenance, replacement or might just need to be repainted. Peeling and flaking of the paint may happen either on the outer surface or the inner surface of the roof. Ensuring that the roof paint is in good condition may just add on to better aesthetics as well as increased life of the roof.
3. Damage through water
A good and well-maintained roof is designed to withstand any weather condition be it heavy rains, summers or winters. If there is a leakage, one can see signs of seepage through the structure. In such cases it is important to ascertain the actual reason behind the leakage, increased moisture inside the roof or any other water damage on the roof and get the same either repaired or changed.
4. Corrosion and rusting
Corrosion is a natural process wherein the metal gets oxidized, in case the roof sheets are not properly maintained it may result in faster rate of corrosion of the roofing sheets. Corrosion is also the sign that water could be gathering in the supporting structures and gutters. Timely maintenance of roof may result in slowing down the corrosion process. If the roof is substantially corroded it is suggested to replace the roof structure with a new one.
5. Holes and cracks in the roof
It is very crucial that the roof should be replaced if one observes cracks, bending or holes in the roof as these may cause long term damage to the structure like dampness, peeling of paints, water leakage, moulds etc.
6. Damages in supporting structures
Any damage in the supporting structures of the roof like purlins, flashings etc. is a clear sign that the roof may be compromised. It is important to repair the roof or replace the same in such cases to avoid any major cost at later stages
Any roof must undergo maintenances within regular intervals. All the above points should be kept in mind while inspecting the roof and the decision should be taken on whether the roof needs to be replaced or there is a need of any maintenance work. It is always suggested to get the same inspected through professionals.
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