When was the last time you checked the state of your roof?

If your roof is old – and by old I mean over 50 years old, which is the age at which a roof is reaching the end of its natural life - you need to keep an eye on your roof. If left unrepaired, small roofing problems can escalate quickly into major ones.

I’d recommend getting a roof contractor in to do your roof checks, but if you want to do it yourself, here are some pointers.
 

First get yourself a pair of binoculars to get a good close-up look at your roof.  It’s easy to spot a slipped tile as it won’t be in line with the rest.  If your spot any unexpected patches of light colour, this might indicate that a tile has slipped. 
Draw your eye along the ridge on the skyline, checking for gaps in the mortar joints. One of the most commonly required roof repairs is replacing mortar. Look at the flashing around chimney stacks, windows and roof valleys in the roof, as this areas could be the source of leaks.

Then come inside the house and examine the roof space. If you can see the underside of the tiles, then check whether you can see the sky through the roof, as this will be an indication of hairline cracks. 
 

After it’s been raining is a good time to check for water staining or ingress, which you can do by shining a torch on the roof timbers.  If you trace the leak back to the where it started, that’s the point of the roof that needs repair.
 

Don’t climb on the roof to inspect it, it’s so easy to fall off a ladder or damage the roof by walking on it. Better to find a professional roofer to do that job.

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