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Most of the time roof damage is only discovered when water starts leaking through to the inside of the building however with careful and regular inspection you can spot the tell-tale signs before any potentially damaging leaks occur. When inspecting your roof keep an eye out for cracked, warped or missing tiles or shingles, damaged or deteriorating flashings and any other signs of damage. Indoors look for damaged or peeling paint or discolouring plasterboard and peeling wallpaper, this could indicate a damaged roof area nearby.
Generally speaking there are only two options. You can either have your existing roof re-covered or you can have your existing roof torn off and fully replaced. Re-covering your roof can be cheaper and quicker however it will result in a less permanent repair than a full re-roofing.
Not always. Leaks often result from small issues such as damaged tiles or a loose flashing. In these situations assuming the leak has been caught early enough, simply repairing or replacing the damaged component can be enough. However, if there is a large failure of the roof it is generally a result of improper installation or an inappropriate roof for the building and cannot be repaired. In these situations it is almost always necessary to fully replace the roof system.
Performing work on a roof without training on the proper techniques and safety protocols is strongly discouraged. This can often result in further damage to property or person. We recommend that in general, the most work that should be carried out by someone without the recommended qualifications should be a regular cleaning of the gutters and inspection of the roof to check for damage. If damage is discovered, it should be left to an experienced and qualified roofer.
Most modern day roof designs generally last around twenty years however certain techniques or material choices can last longer such as slate, clay tile or certain metals such as copper. The actual lifespan of the roof is determined largely by the weather, local conditions, material quality or suitability as well as regular maintenance. A well maintained, well constructed roof built with appropriate materials for the right building can last many years.
The price of a roof varies widely depending on the size, material choices and extent of the work required to replace it. When choosing your roof bear in mind that choosing the right material can be more important than choosing the cheapest as it could massively extend the life of your roof saving you money long-term. Feel free to get in contact with us for a quote on any work you may need.
Gareth Swan & Son recommends you inspect your roof twice yearly, once in Autumn and once in Spring as these are the times when damage is most likely to occur due to changing temperatures and thawing ice.
Re-roofing can be a complex task and time-consuming task which is important to get right first time as imperfections cannot always be corrected. To this end it is important that it is not rushed. With that in mind, the length of time an installation can take depends heavily on the work being performed and the build it is being performed on. Always ask us for an estimate before work begins.
Well built flat roofs are not intended to be completely flat. Generally they should be built with a slight incline allowing water to flow off and not pool.
There are a number of insulation options available to suit your needs ranging from sprayed foam or foam blocks to rolled fibers. Sprayed foam is a strong long-term option however it must be installed during the roofing process. Foam blocks are also effective and can sometimes be installed after the roof construction however this may result in gaps. Rolled fibers are inexpensive and versatile with the added benefit that with care they may be installed by yourself.
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