Over the coming weeks, we will continue to quiz our experienced Inspectors about some of the defects they come across when inspecting residential homes. This week, we’re focusing on common defects or maintenance items found when inspecting the roof of a residential property.
Moisture and Roof Leaks
Rain, hail, ice and snow can all result in moisture forming under the layers of your roof, which can lead to leaks and moisture issues which can result in mould. For this reason, a metal/lead flashing is placed over junctions to deflect water away and form a barrier against water seeping into the house. Without adequate flashing, the leaks and mould can severely spread throughout a roof.
Gutters which are rusty and leaking
Often, gutters can severely build up with dirt and rubbish. Debris, such as leaf litter and silt, can get trapped in the gutters, and this can create acidic moisture leading to rust and water overflow. Once rust sets in and leaks begin to flow, the gutters deterioration can provoke other defects (such as mould) to occur.
Roof problems are not always obvious to an untrained eye and let’s face it, you don’t often get up on your roof to even check it. Therefore, we strongly urge you to have your roof inspected by a professional. You may not be aware what damages have occurred, or what issues are building up. A roof inspection can put your mind at ease. Our team at The Home Inspection Hub can help if you have any concerns about your roof.
To make sure you know your property’s crooks and crannies, ensure you hire an experienced professional to go through any potential defects. To read more about our Special Purpose reports, please click here.