Sometimes, problems start at the top.
Roof damage can have serious consequences for your home, and, as roofs take a battering all year round, there’s a good chance it will happen. Catching roof damage early could be vital to protecting your home from Melbourne’s storms.
Here are the signs of roof damage, so you can spot them before they become major problems.
If there’s ever a sign that something has gone wrong in your home, it’s water getting where it shouldn’t be. Your attic is a perfect example.
If you have leaks, drips, and other signs of water ingress in your attic, then you’re looking at an interior sign of roof damage. Water ingress could cause untold water damage in your home, so it’s vital to identity and repair any areas of your roof that may be allowing water ingress.
You may spot signs of water ingress from the attic in upstairs rooms, too. Water from the attic can discolor ceilings and even cause leaks into other rooms.
Mold and Mildew
Less obvious than drips and dribbles, the growth of mold and mildew accompanied by damp smells in your attic could also indicate a damaged roof.
This problem arises from more insidious forms of roof damage, like damaged seals or tiles that have shifted slightly. However, it can cause a lot of harm over time and present a health hazard.
Roof damage could also lead to unexpected difficulties in maintaining a desired indoor temperature, whether hot or cold.
You may notice your thermostat rests a few degrees above or below normal for the time of year, or your energy bills might increase as your heating or AC struggles to keep up.
This can be a sign that your roof is compromised, and is no longer providing an effective barrier between your home and the outside world.
Signs of Debris
After high winds or a storm (which we see often in Melbourne), one reliable sign of roof damage will be traces of debris.
Debris could remain on the roof in the form of dislodged shingles or similar, but you also might find it at ground level. Look for broken tile or dislodged fascia and soffits, as these are signs your roof needs repair.
Tree debris could also be a sign of a damaged roof. A fallen tree with debris on the roof or near the house is a good reason to have your roof inspected for damage.
An Aging Roof
Finally, the surest sign your roof needs replacement is its advanced age.
If you haven’t refreshed your roof for decades, then it probably has damage somewhere, even if you can’t see it with a visual inspection—at Storm Guard Roofing, we see this kind of neglect a lot. A roof will simply get tired as it ages, so even if there’s no significant damage, it will still be less effective at its job through accumulated wear and tear.
The Many Signs of Roof Damage
Your roof may be a little out of sight, out of mind, but roof damage can represent an existential threat to your home. By looking out for these signs of roof damage, you can keep your home safe.
Spotted signs of roof damage? Contact us for roof repair in the Melbourne area today.