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How do I know if I need a new roof?

The roofs on millions of homes built in the post-war construction era in the UK are now reaching the end of their natural life and may need roofing repairs or roof replacement.

With winter pretty much on our doorstep, we can expect several months of typical British weather: rain, wind and possibly even snow! A tough combination of weather elements for your roof to manage.  This is the time of year when many roofs start to develop problems such as leaks, and you may find yourself needing a whole new roof.

You can check your ageing roof for potential problems yourself by simply looking at the roof from a distance and then scanning it with a pair of binoculars.

Here are some key factors to look out for:

  • Are chunks of mortar falling off the roof? This is a sign that the mortar is failing and it will need to be checked by a professional.
  • Are there missing tiles or slates? This is particularly important after storms and strong winds, which might have loosened or dislodged tiles. You’ll want the roof on your home to be able to withstand all weathers so make sure you check this.
  • Is the roof sagging? Unless this problem is rectified promptly, this could lead to leaks, broken roof trusses and eventual roof collapse. A sagging roof can lead to repairs costing thousands if left unnoticed.
  • Are there any problems with flashings? Make sure there are no leaks or missing parts of the lead, zinc or plastic sheet which provides a sealed joint between walls and porches or chimneys.
  • Is the chimney stack leaning or is the parapet wall out of alignment? If your house has a chimney you should check this as old chimneys can move over time and should it collapse the consequences could be disastrous.
     

The best option is to get your roof checked by a professional roofer.  If you are in need of a whole new roof, make sure you take a look at MyNewRoof, which gives expert advice on repairing or replacing your roof.

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