Roof Repairs: How to Identify Problems with Your Roof

Here at Roofing Experts, our Dublin roofers are always looking for ways to help homeowners avoid costly roof repairs. In this post, we share our tips and advice on identifying roof problems so you can avoid costly repairs in the future. Any issue with your roof is a problem and not only can they lead to costly repairs, but they can damage other parts of your home too if left untreated. Sometimes being able to identify the source of common roof problems can help you avoid expensive issues. Below you will find some of the most common roof problems that Dublin homeowners can face as well as how to identify them and have them rectified by a professional roofer.

Defective Pointing in Hip Tiles, Ridge Tiles, and Verges

Defective pointing is something that you can identify yourself. If you have defective pointing you are looking at minor roof repairs but if left unchecked damp can seep into your home and storms can dislodge loose tiles. Defective pointing can be spotted if you have:

  • Loose mortar and gaps between the joints or your ridge tiles, hip tiles, or verges.
  • Missing irons that are used to secure the tile to the bottom of the hip
  • Slipped tiles
  • Damp or leaks in your attic

Missing or Slipped Slates or Tiles

If tiles or slates come loose and slip away it can lead to damp and problems in your attic. This will only become an issue if several tiles or slates are missing. Most roofs built after 1950 have an additional layer of underlay but with older roofs, this can become a problem quite quickly and you will need roof repairs as soon as you notice the problem.

Old Tiles or Slates that Need to be Replaced

If you are missing more than 10 slates or this amount are damaged per slope then your roof might need to be replaced. It is important to get a Dublin roofer to call out and assess the problem. The roof will need to be stripped and recovered to prevent any further damage. This is a job for a professional roofer.

Defective Flashing

Cracking can occur where the roof slopes around parapet walls, dormers, chimney stacks, and subsidiary roofs. This can lead to leaks and damp patches that can penetrate your home. When this happens it is usually a sign that there is a problem with your flashing around the roof. Sometimes flashing can come loose especially in older properties and can also be an issue in extensions that have been poorly constructed. Overtime damp caused by defective flashing can cause the adjoining timbers to rot and when this happens, urgent roof repairs are required.

In the situations mentioned above, you will need to get a quote from professional Dublin roofers. It is important not to leave a damaged roof, and our experts are happy to have a chat with you and advise on what needs to be done. You should never risk your safety by trying to carry out roof repairs yourself and if you want to avoid expensive repairs down the line, see help as soon as you notice any problems.


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