Signs of An Aging Roof

Could it be time for a roof repair or roof restoration?

The weather in the Gold Coast is generally sunny all year long, but this does not prevent any signs of an aging roof from occurring. In this article, we list down some indications that your roof is on the verge of its demise, and it might be time for a roof repair or roof restoration.

8 Signs of an aging roof

A roof should be able to withstand harsh elements and protect the homeowners. However, this does not mean that a roof will not age eventually. In fact, roof aging is common, so it’s crucial to keep a keen eye on the roof’s condition.

Watch out for the usual signs of an aging roof which could mean it is time for roof restoration. It’s better to catch these signs early on to prevent further damage.

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1. Ceiling or internal leaks

Is there bubbling or bulging on the ceiling? Are there dark spots on it too? Any of these could mean internal leaks from a damaged roof.

Leaks are one of the most common issues of an old roof. Apart bubbling and bulging on the ceiling and the dark spots, puddles on the floor are signs of leaks too.

When it comes to leaks, acting swiftly is the best solution. Contact a professional immediately to check where the leak is coming from.

If there is water coming from inside through the cracks, this could lead to further damage. The water could be absorbed into the wooden beams and wall surfaces.

When this happens, the plaster, insulation, and even the house’s wallpaper can get damaged. In other words, internal leaks will negatively affect the house’s structural integrity. 

Common causes of internal leaks include:

  • Damage on the surface of the roof
  • Missing roof tiles or valley irons
  • Damaged roof vent

If the leak occurs in the ceiling cavity and is near electrical wiring, it’s best to call a roofing specialist. This way, any potential danger from electrocution and other accidents can be avoided.

2. Cracked roof tiles

Prolonged weather exposure can damage or weaken any tiled surface. Other factors that can cause cracked roof tiles are:

  • Small animals entering the roof, such as pests or possums
  • A build-up of dirt and debris
  • Presence of lichen
  • Old roof

When cracked tiles are present on the roof, consider getting them fixed as soon as detected. If cracked or loose tiles are ignored, they could create holes in the roof’s surface.

Anyone knows that holes on the surface of the roof invite water inside the ceiling which can cause rot, mould, and internal leaking.

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3. Sagging

Sagging is often an indication of structural damage. This could include poor spacing, lack of bracing, or structural failure.

As soon as there’s sagging on the roof, the best thing to do is to call a roof expert immediately. This is because a sagging roof is a hazard that could injure a person. As such, sagging on the roof should neither be ignored nor taken lightly.

4. The presence of mould or mildew

Water damage and leaks are the main causes of mould and mildew. They are easy to spot on the ceiling or walls because of their appearance.

However, it’s best also to check if the leak is coming from a plumbing problem before asking for a roof restoration.

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5. Rust or corrosion

Metal roofing is a common choice among homeowners because of its durability and the availability of colour and style options. But as with any kind of roofing, metal roofing can still show signs of an aging roof in the long run.

Roofs are always exposed to moisture, and when moisture interacts with metal, that’s when rust develops. Often, the older the metal roof, the more evident the erosion is because it takes a long while to become visible.

Houses that are located near the coast are more susceptible to rust or corrosion. Adding an extra protection to the roof is most advisable to prevent this from happening. Consider also that saltwater is even harsher on metal roofing.

Some people prefer to remove rust themselves, especially if only a few amounts are detected. However, it is highly recommended to talk to a professional to remedy a roof that’s deteriorating due to rusting. This is because roofing specialists have special power tools designed to remove rust from the roof’s surface. These tools do not leave behind the slightest amount of rust on the surface, preventing it from taking hold on the roof.

6. Missing roof tiles

To put it simply, missing roof tiles can cause internal leaking, and as previously stated, this could lead to worse problems. Yes, replacing a few missing tiles is simple, but it is best to inspect further if there are misplaced tiles.

Loose and misplaced tiles could be an indication of damage beneath the surface. For these kinds of problems, it’s best to call in the pros so they can properly seal the roof. A watertight roof is an excellent way to avoid future problems.

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7. Damaged flashing

The main purpose of the flashing is to keep water out from the important parts of the roof. If it starts to deteriorate, it can cause serious problems to the roofing.

Does the house still have tar or asphalt flashing? If no, consider having it replaced by a metal flashing system. This kind of flashing prevents leaks more effectively.

8. Other visible signs of an aging roof

Other signs of an aging roof include peeling paint, bald spots, damaged shingles, and cracked tiles. No roof is safe from aging because of the constant exposure to harsh weather, surrounding trees, and pollution.

The best thing anyone can do is to consider a roof restoration as soon as signs of an aging roof start to manifest.

Fussy Roof Restorations is the trusted roof restoration specialist in the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

Fussy Roof Restorations is the trusted roof restoration specialist in the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

The key to addressing an aging roof is to act on it immediately and to call in the experts. Fussy Roof Restorations has been servicing homes all over Queensland for over 10 years.

We make sure that the job gets done immediately and only at one time so that you don’t have to worry about waiting. We only use the highest quality of materials for all our services.

Call us now at 1300 734 302 so we can assist you with your roof concerns.

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