If you were in your Melbourne home last Wednesday (and let’s face it, that’s where most of have been these last few months!) you may have thought your roof was caving in when the earth tremors hit. Which is a perfect introduction to a subject that is close to our heart: have you thought about having a roof inspected recently?
Aside from earth tremors there are of course many things that can cause damage to the roof on your Melbourne home. Some of these things may be obvious and instantaneous – such as a roof cave-in after an earthquake or a tree branch falling on your roof – while others are more difficult to notice and can be caused over time. And this is where a roof inspection comes to the fore.
5 reasons why a roof inspection is important
- The most important reason for a roof inspection is pretty simple and falls into ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’ umbrella. That is, you can’t necessarily tell the condition of the roof with a quick look. Judging a roof’s soundness with a cursory look could mean issues are missed. You need to give it a thorough inspection.
- A good reason to get a professional to conduct the roof inspection is that you need to know what you’re looking for. Yes, it is a good idea for you to take a look at your roof yourself every few months. You may notice issues such as a tile that has shifted or a cracked tile and be able to fix it straight away. But you might not notice other things that are equally important and can cause significant damage over time.
- While there are some issues that occur in the blink of an eye, such as a tree branch falling in a storm, most issues with roofs build up over time. For example, a small leak can go undetected until it gets bigger and causes more obvious damage. A robust roof inspection on your Melbourne home will detect issues before they become major of cause significant damage, potentially saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
- It’s not just the elements that can cause roof issues. Tradespeople accessing your roof to, for example, repair your evaporative cooler, can cause damage. Or you may have got on your roof to retrieve a ball or clean the gutters and accidently caused some damage.
- Last, but certainly not least, if you’re considering purchasing a new home it’s a good idea to have the roof inspected before committing, as part of a building inspection. It might not stop you going ahead with the purchase, but at least you’ll know about any issues beforehand. In the case of private sales, it may give you bargaining power to get a cheaper sale price.
What types of issues can roof inspections identify?
There are a myriad of issues that a thorough and robust roof inspection may identify on your Melbourne home, including:
- Issues with metal roofing sheets, such as rusted or buckled areas. Metal sheets can show signs of rust after around 10 years and identifying and replacing problem sheets is important to reduce water damage to your home.
- Polycarbonate roofing sheets that have become brittle or been installed incorrectly.
- Timber that is showing signs of rot, weathering or damage. This can include items such as the fascia or eaves. Damage can be caused over time from general exposure, or from issues such as blocked gutters.
- Speaking of gutters, regular inspections and cleaning of gutters and downpipes is a must and is a common cause of water damage.
- Valley gutters also require inspection to find and clean blockages (generally at the bottom of the valleys) and weather damage and rusting.
- Cement bedding under tiles will crack and fall out over time and can also lead to water damage.
- Tiles that have moved or cracked are also common issues that any good roof inspection will find.
How often should you have your roof inspected?
If you suspect damage may have occurred to your roof (e.g. after an earth tremor a storm) it’s obviously a good idea to get your roof inspected as soon as possible.
Otherwise, the time between roof inspections may vary depending on our ability and willingness to check the roof yourself. If you can’t or prefer not to get on a ladder to check your roof every several months, regular professional inspections are important. If you’re happy to check your roof regularly and clean your gutters, then a professional inspection every few years will suffice. Generally, a tile roof should be more regularly inspected than a metal roof.
To have your roof inspection in Melbourne carried out by the professionals at Oates Roofing Maintenance, call us on 0435 695 466 or organise a quote via our website. Remember, our experience will reduce the odds of water damage to your home and identify problem areas before they spiral out of control and force expensive repairs.