What You Need to Know About Roof Damage and Repair

Posted on: 16 October 2020

In the course of their use, roofs undergo wear and tear that leads to roof damage. The damage that occurs is usually dependent upon the roofing material you choose for your residential or commercial premises.

Damage should be repaired immediately by a roofing contractor who specialises in your roofing material. Delayed roof repair might mean an increase in the severity of the damage that can cause your roof to collapse. This can lead to injuries and destruction of property. Here's what you need to know about roof damage and repair:

The Most Common Sign of Roof Damage

As stated earlier, there are different types of roofing materials. The most common are tile and sheet metal roofing. One sign of roof damage that stands out across different roofing materials is leakage when it rains.

How you notice leaks depends on whether you have a ceiling or not. If you do not have a ceiling, you will notice wet spots in your house, especially after it rains. You can even see water dripping or trickling from a point on your roof when it is raining.

If you have a ceiling, you may not find wet spots; however, you might notice a discoloured area on the ceiling in the shape of an irregular circle. Sometimes, you might even hear a tapping sound in the ceiling. The sound comes from water drops falling on it from your roof.

How Does Your Roof Get to the Leaking Stage?

This is different for different roofing materials:

Sheet metal roofing

Your sheet metal roofing is exposed to rainfall, snow and the sun's harmful UV rays. After several years of exposure, corrosion or rusting occurs, which leads to holes. These holes form the entry point of rainwater, which results in a leaking roof. To help prevent this, sheet metal roofing manufacturer's process Colorbond and Zincalume steel roofing. These types of sheet metal roofing are designed to last longer under harsh weather conditions.

If you notice a leak in your sheet metal roofing, contact a sheet metal roofing contractor for repair services. Repair means sealing the holes and inspecting whether the leak caused damage to your roof trusses.

Tile roofing

Tile roofing also experiences the same elements of weather as sheet metal roofing. However, in this case, corrosion or rusting does not occur. Instead, tiles crack, chip, crumble or move out of place, creating room for water access.

You need a tile roofing repair contractor to repair or replace the damaged tiles and also inspect the roof for further damage. Talk to a roof repair contractor for more information.


Replacing the shed roof

We wanted to start using our shed as a garage for our cars. We had not been using if for the last few years because the roof was in such bad condition and made the shed unsafe to be around. It turned out to be a lot more affordable than we expected to replace the roof and it's really nice to be able to use the shed again and have somewhere safe to put our cars at night. This blog has some information about what steps are involved in replacing roofs, including how to find a roofer that can help you replace your shed roof on a budget.