Tired roofs and wild weather don't mix. The winter often brings severe weather conditions in parts of New Zealand, which can be an unsettling thought for many homeowners with ageing roofs.
Having a durable, safe and sturdy roof over your head is important for the health and comfort of your family. If your roof is old and leaky, and your home is cold and damp as a result, you're in danger of harming your families health. In fact, damp walls are the number one cause of asthma in New Zealand. This problem is only exasperated with inclement weather, and because rainy days are a New Zealand specialty, the thought of a climatic event is probably a growing concern.
If these concerns ring true for you, this article can help. In it, we explain how to spot if your roof suffered damage after a storm, and how knowing these signs can save you time and money, improving the well-being of your family.
Wondering whether re-roofing is right for your home? Check out our guide, "To re-roof or not to re-roof?" here.
How to look for roof damage
Leaking water in or near the ceiling in the house is a tell-tale sign that you have roof damage. But not all leaks are as obvious as you'd think. To check, walk around the inside of your house, checking for damp spots where the walls and ceiling meet with exterior walls.
Next, examine the exterior looking for damage. This ranges from pieces of roofing or flashing that have fallen on the ground, or displaced gutters and downspouts. Then check the roof itself to make sure all shingles and tiles are in place and lying flat.
Finally, inspect under the eaves and overhangs, guttering and roof interruptions such as skylights, chimneys, antennas, satellite dishes and vent pipes.
What damage to look for
Storm elements can cause different types of damage to your roof, including damp ceilings and harm to external walls and tiles.
Look for water damage on fascia and exterior walls caused by gutters leaking and make sure all downspouts are working so roof water is effectively diverted away from the building.
Hail can cause an obvious pattern of damage to roof tiles, sometimes leaving them with visible dents. Wood shingles can also be split by hail. After a storm, look for orange or brown lines on shingles, or darker areas on the surface, as this indicates a split that could lead to more damage.
High winds can also wreak havoc on all parts of your home. Look for broken windows, dents and chipped paint.
What to do if your roof is damaged
Inspect your roof carefully after a serious storm and if you find any damage, act quickly. Contact your insurance company to make a claim and then get in touch with a professional roofing contractor who can expertly assess the damage and carry out the repair.
A warm, safe, weathertight home not only protects your family, it also increases the value of your property - especially when you have a stylish roof overhead. By following the above information you can insure your home stays safe, while saving yourself more expensive costs in the future.