Regardless of how long you’ve owned your home, you’re not likely to avoid roof replacement when it is needed. Like most aspects of your home, a roof can reach the end of its lifespan, or it can be affected by severe weather conditions or issues such as damp within your home. If you’re unsure whether your home needs a new roof, here are five signs that indicate a potential issue.
This may sound obvious, but if your roof is starting to look tired and worn out, it’s likely that it needs to be replaced. A roof needs to withstand a great deal to protect your entire home, so it is no surprise that eventually you will need a replacement. The average lifespan for a standard roof is approximately twenty years, but this is only a guideline. So, if your roof is newer, but has started to develop issues, you shouldn’t rule out the need for replacement.
If there is a great deal of moss growing on and around your roof, it can significantly compromise the lifespan of your roof. Moss can have catastrophic effects on roofing materials, as it burrows between the materials and causes cracks. Not only can cracks create water damage, but the moss will soak up water, which can cause further leaks and water damage. If you see signs of moss growing on your roof, it is essential to have the moss removed and replace any damaged materials as quickly as possible.
Even minor damage to your roof can allow water to penetrate through into your home. A slow drip can allow litres of water to soak into woodwork, plaster and other areas of your home, causing damage and encouraging the growth of mould and mildew. Therefore, it is crucial to check the surface of the roof to check it remains in good conditions. If there are any holes due to nails that have worked loose or screws that are missing, you need to address this immediately. You should ensure that you tighten screws or nails back in place and secure the area with quality sealing.
A roof is designed to withstand a variety of conditions from rain and snow to high winds, which all can impact the longevity of the materials. If your roof has water damage, you may need a full replacement, or it may be possible to repair the affected areas. If there is a significant amount of water damage, the repair costs can start to add up, so it is beneficial to have a fresh start with a brand new roof. An experienced, reputable professional can assess your roof and discuss which is the best option for your home.
There is a great likelihood that your home was built at approximately the same time as the surrounding houses. So, if you notice that your neighbours have started to replace their roofs, it may be time to consider one yourself. It is worth asking your neighbour if they are replacing their roof due to damage specific to their property, as this could give you a few more years before you need a replacement.
Great service from Alan and his team. Kept us informed throughout. Would rehighly recommend.
Very pleased with the new roof to our extension. Excellent communication - came out quickly to provide a quote - work done speedily and efficiently in very cold weather. Thank you.
Small job fixing ridge tiles. Good quality work, done promptly and at a fair price.
On my journey to find what is the issue with my roof Michael came recommended by another very high ranking professional who deemed its best to get some roof work done before I attempt to clean moss. I have nothing but kind words to describe Michael's professionalism, knowledge and skill. He has a very sharp eye and can pinpoint anything wrong with the roof and is incredibly honest and clear on what options we have on how to attempt to do the work. He provides an update every day on what is done and what is left and is incredibly clean and tidy when doing the work. He has so much compassion of the family situation and provides options for work to be done to suit the family budget. He has been so kind, knowledgeable, and honest with us that he has made something as devastating as roof works in 2 months of moving in, for a first time buyer, something manageable. He is always on time and has prioritised to do work even when the temperatures were below 0 just to make sure our roof wasn't leaking with the bad weather saving us a lot of potential damage. He is very trustworthy and I would recommend him and use him again if needed.
I contacted L&M roofing on Saturday, the problem with the damaged chimney, we met on Sunday, we agreed on the work, on Monday it was already done, before and after photos, efficiently and professionally. Thank you I'm waiting for the first heavy rain 🙂
We lost a tile overnight in the recent storms - gave him a ring when we noticed it (on a wet & windy Saturday) - he was here within the hour and job completed 10mins after arriving. He was almost too embarrassed to charge us - but we were happy to pay for his service (and obviously did). Great guy and a great job done. Highly recommended - and such a nice chap as well. We will definitely use him again.
I can't praise Steve and his team highly enough. Exemplary standard of workmanship, courteous, punctual, tidy, considerate and reasonably priced. The work (replacing soffits, fascias & guttering) was completed on time, on budget and to the highest standard. The site was thoroughly cleaned before they left. I would unreservedly recommend giving Steve the chance to quote for your job and am sure that you won't be sorry.
Very professional, Very happy with the end result. Would recommend 100%
Amazing from start to finish
Would recommend SDB building. Communications are always excellent, and the team deliver high quality works on the promised timescale.
Quick and efficient response to the major issue found when doing work, communications were excellent throughout the work, photos supplied of completed work which is very helpful. While not the cheapest or most expensive, work completed looks 5*, it was not rushed.
I needed some repairs to roof & drainpipes adjusting. Steve came as agreed, gave a competitive quote, was friendly & helpful offering good sound advice. His colleagues tidied up and seem to have resolved the problems. Thank you to him & his colleagues
Very helpful and thorough did a brilliant job and very friendly.. Would definitely use them again highly recommend
The work was delayed by weather but Steve kept me updated, and I was completely happy with end result
Prompt reply and dealt with problem immediately, and corrected problem which was left by original company! Thank you
Steve turned up as promised and the job was carried out quickly and efficiently. I would definitely use again!
Steve and the guys did a great job replacing the valley, installing an eaves tray and felt replacement on the chimney and chimney flaunching to name just a few of the repairs. High quality job - I can tell by the photos they undertook before and after. Reliable time keeping, they worked hard, kept tidy and above all the communication was excellent. I have used them several times before for different building jobs and they always provide a high level of service which is customer focused. Highly recommended.
Great team of guys who responded to our urgent repair needs. Steve was happy to talk us through the issues he could see and the options and costs of correcting them, before starting work, so there were no surprises. Work was completed on time and to a high standard.
Needed a Velux window removed from the roof and also some repairs. Team were professional, efficient and got the job done in a day. Will be using them again and would highly recommend if you need work done
A bit pricey but work all done within two weeks of first site visit - actual work on the day took about 1 hour and old materials removed as well.