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Sydney roofs: 5 signs it’s time to replace yours

  • Written by The Express

Aussie roofs are built to withstand the elements. From summer storms to winter chill, they are made to handle the extremes that we know all too well. However, this doesn’t make them invincible, and they are still susceptible to wear and tear after many years of the same structure!

Your roof’s integrity is largely dependent on its age, material and the quality of work used to build it. What’s more, there are numerous warning signs that spell real trouble for this structure. If you’re reading this blog then chances are your home is experience one or more of these warning signs:

1. It is sagging

You don’t want your structure to sag. If this is the case, you should immediately organise the best new metal roof Crows Nest homes can buy. This is because sagging is a keen indicator of structural damage, which can include structural failure, poor bracing or spacing issues. This is, obviously, very dangerous for the home, and should be rectified immediately.

2. It has excessive leaks or moisture

You know there is a problem when the structure is leaking after every shower. This can be problematic, especially if it is made from wooden beams, as these have a tendency to grow mould and rot. To stop this problem from occurring, you should regularly check on your roof, making sure to do so after a heavy spell. Furthermore, you should check to see if there are any dark spots or leak trails that could be a sign of moisture in the structure. At the first sign of moisture, invest in roof and gutter leak repair by qualified professionals to extend the life of your roof and avoid further damage to your home. 

3. It has mildew or mould

Algae, mildew, moss and mould are common indications of water damage. They are typically pretty simple to spot and so you can use them as a good indicator that it’s time to replace the cover. Naturally, it’s important to ensure that the issue is not a result of plumbing before replacement, so speak with a plumber, too!

4. The flashing is deteriorated

If your chimney or ventilation flashing is cracked, deteriorating or loose, this can indicate a serious problem. Flashing is implemented to ensure water stays out of the important areas and won’t be able to enter in case of damage. Older flashing is typically made from materials like asphalt or tar and are susceptible to wear, so you may need to install a metal flashing system that will stop any unwanted leaks.

5. It’s clearly ageing

Roofs obviously have the ability to last many years. However, even they can become susceptible to time’s ravages, and this can be the main reason for replacement. Damage can occur from moisture, pollution, trees, weather and other environmental aspects. Bald spots, peeling paintwork, cracked shingles or tiles and more can be keen indicators that everything isn’t right up top.

You may need immediately replacement

If your top is displaying any of these unwanted signs, it is highly likely it needs replacing. The best thing for you to do is call in the expert, who will assess if the damage requires a whole replacement or would be fine with some overdue restoration.

After all, the need for replacement is wholly dependent on the extent of the damage, and could just need some expert attention to be restored back to its glory days. But the most important thing is not to let it go on further, as damage can only exacerbate with time, potentially causing more danger to the occupants and even costlier repairs in the future!

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