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Some Common Roofing Problems Explained

April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 261

A suitably maintained roof covering is vital to a home's structure. Roofing which is cared for and repaired by a competent roofer will last longer, and gives improved protection to all residents, and also their possessions, by keeping them protected from the weather conditions.

Correctly installed and repaired, roofing will definitely add value to your property and be sure to enhance its look. Whether it is a flat roof, or a tiled or slate pitched roof top, all are subjected to the toughest of the climate and are more than likely, sooner or later, to require work.

Detailed underneath is merely a few of the common roofing conditions that a roofing contractor will come across on a regular basis:

In a standard roofing system the large ridge tiles are held in place with mortar cement that naturally break down over time. If this occurs rain water gets in and the mortar or the tiles can simply fall out creating serious threat. This really needs to be dealt with early on by a qualified roofer. It is important to have the ridge tile fully re-bedded to guarantee the repair will last. The modern and highly effective process to overcome this can be to fit a system that will need no mortar, and no maintenance - a dry ridge system

Anytime a slate roof actually starts to have missing roof tiles appear it is a clue that the securing nails are faltering. With some luck it is an isolated tile and a basic repair will likely be sufficient if not will be required to appraise the state of your remaining slates to find what can be utilized if a re roofing is needed. Often the existing slates can be utilised or it could be full replacement if the slates are very aged and beginning to split up.

Gutters and other rain water items which have been badly fitted (commonly incorrect space between the wall mounts) are liable to result in rain water penetration and dampness in to the walls of the house, particularly should they be sagging. Rain gutters and down pipes should also be checked out regularly by a roofing contractor and cleaned out and repaired and upgraded when needed.

If the roof covering lacks under felt exposed from your loft space, it's probable that it hasn't been changed for 50 years or more. Therefore the tiles are the first and final barrier to the climate. A modern, breathable membrane layer, so as to preserve air flow as well as protection will be fitted when it comes time to replace the roof.

Hip Tiles - Run from the top of the roof top carrying on the process of the ridge tiles. They cover the join in the rooftop and, like ridge tiles, create a genuine threat when the mortar retaining them in place starts to become weak. Call a roofing company whenever you observe any deterioration to the mortar.

British climate is infamously changeable with the very real possibility for seeing four seasons in a single day. As one of the most essential structures to the integrity of your house, it is important to keep your roof covering in the best possible condition. Too often the roof covering remains just up until a potentially easily fixed matter becomes a much larger challenge. Scheduled maintenance and inspection is highly encouraged.

Always employ a knowledgeable roofer to do all work on your rooftop. Money saved using a low quality roofing contractor is a cost in the end. Your roof has to survive many years of the worst effects of heat, cold temperatures, wind and rain therefore it is always best to invest in a specialist.

Robert Moore is a partner at Best Roofers (Manchester) Roofing Contractors. The higher than average rainfall means that for roofers Manchester has always been a testing place where any deficiency in technique is quickly highlighted. Visit the website at for more information and roofing tips.

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