The Importance of Repairing the Roof Before Moving into a New Home

Imagine that you have finally found a dreamlike piece of real estate you have been saving for years to purchase. Everything about this property is ideal: it has a well-maintained front lawn, there are stylish window awnings, and the roof is leaking. No, wait, what was that last one? The sad truth is that many houses in Melbourne and Sydney go on the market without anyone inspecting the roof structure, so new owners are in for a surprise. That is why you need to know how to properly assess the condition the roof is in and be ready to carry out any minor repairs.

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Is water damage that big of an issue?

Most homeowners live in fear that they will leave the stove or the iron on and that their house will go up in flames. In reality, such a scenario is highly unlikely but flooding is never far due to a structural flaw of the roof. If there is a single millimeter of roof flashing that is damaged, the water that goes through might not pour directly onto your head but over time, even the slightest of drips will soak the support beams to the breaking point.

Even if your roof doesn’t collapse under the weight of all that water, have no doubt that rain will find its way inside, damaging the wallpaper and the furniture in the process. In fact, water doesn’t have to be in a solid state to cause problems, as vapor can be a silent killer. Over time, moisture in the air will damage pretty much everything inside the house, including your health as high levels of humidity can wreak havoc in your respiratory system.


An inspection from the attic

If the outer surface of the roof is inaccessible to you for some reason, then you can climb up to the attic to make a pretty accurate evaluation of the present state of the roof. The timber build in the understructure of most roofs is comprised of is the best indicator whether water had penetrated the inside the house. With major leaks, you will notice the trail rainwater left on the walls on its downward path driven by gravity. Another telltale sign of the presence of water is the appearance of mold and mildew on the walls. In the attic, this problem is worsened by the lack of fresh air, which is the ideal breeding ground for fungi.

On the other side, smaller leaks are harder to spot but you can use the aforementioned wooden beams to check for water damage. If they have sagged due to the weight of water they are soaked in, then you are definitely dealing with a leak overhead. Often this problem will be visible by the naked eye because the structure of the roofs gets damaged in a way that it makes the surface of the roof notably tilt to one side, alarming you that something is not right.

How to recognize a potentially damaged roof from the outside

Spotting roof problems is not always easy as it is hard to spot missing tiles if you are carrying your inspection from ground level. What you really need to do is lean a ladder against the wall of the house and climb the roof to fully assess any potential problems. A missing shingle is not much of a problem, as you can replace it on your own but if you see a crack in the flashings that might occur due to the punishing Australian sun, then you’re going to have to call in the experts. In fact, residential roof repairs in Sydney are typically carried out by professionals who are able to vouch for the work done. No matter how well you handle a caulk gun, there is simply no guarantee that you have sealed every single crack in the roof’s structure.

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