Assessing a house: Always check the roof condition

Waterproofing to keep your roof in good condition

Let’s be honest, how many times have you stopped at the top of a house’s walls and looked below the roofline when looking at it? How often have you looked up to see the roof’s condition? How often have the roof’s colour, material, and condition influenced your perception of a house? Have you ever looked at the guttering that runs down the roof’s lower portion? Are the guttering brackets and attachments to the roof edging strong?

Are you referring to the roof or other issues?

These questions may seem absurd to you, but they are important. Roofs clearly damaged or neglected could indicate more serious problems within the house. This can also be indicative of general neglect, which could lead to other issues down the road. Roofs are designed to keep heat and moisture outside the building. It is reasonable to assume that a roof in need of repair is not performing its intended function.

Be on the lookout for water leaks, whether they are below the walls or up the roof.

Moisture ingress into a house can cause more problems than you might think. Moisture seepage inside a house can cause more than an unpleasant smell or bubbling paint on interior walls. It also causes mould growth and damage to the structure of the building.

Do not underestimate the dangers that can pose to your health

Mould is far more dangerous than people realize. Exposure to mould spores from ceilings and walls can cause many health problems. Even if the spores are in small quantities, prolonged exposure can cause symptoms like sneezing and itching. Combining mould and damp can lead to respiratory problems, infections, allergies, asthma, and compromised immune systems.

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No matter what roof your house has, make sure you inspect it for damage signs.

Poor foundations, cracks or degrading walls, or leaks from damaged roofs can all cause moisture to seep into buildings. A slow, steady leak can take time to notice because most houses have ceilings between the floors and the roof. Roofs are protected by a waterproof lining between the roof trusses, and the outer casing (either interlocking or concrete clay tiles, aluminium, or zinc corrugated sheeting). However, extreme heat and cold can cause the plastic to become brittle over time.

This could lead to water penetration into the interior. Metal roofs are lighter than roof tiles and require less maintenance. They are also more fire-resistant than roof tiles. Metal roofing is being used to build many houses. Although it may not be as elegant or timeless as traditional tiles, it will withstand the test of time and increase energy efficiency by up 20%. Although tile roofing remains a popular choice due to its elegant appearance, this type of roofing requires additional structural reinforcement in order to support its weight. To prevent any leaks from entering your house through cracked tiles, the plastic under-sheeting must be maintained.

Horses are for courses – Choose your roof carefully and wisely

Any roofing has its pros and cons. The final decision should be made based on cost, economy, and need. Tiled roofs are more susceptible to damage in high-wind areas than metal sheeting that has been installed correctly and skillfully. Metal and tile roofs can both be painted in any colour that suits the overall style of your house. Only specialized paints are recommended for this purpose. It is important to remember that paint does not last forever and will eventually fade or peel. This will affect the curb appeal of your home.

Call TT Waterproofing at 078 057 9663 for your waterproofing roof repair requirements.

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