Just as spring was supposed to be emerging from the depths of the British winter, some regions of the country saw fierce hail storms over the bank holiday weekend, underlining the fact that in the UK the weather is never easy to predict. Inhospitable conditions can take their toll on properties over the years, especially where roofs are concerned. Here we look at seven ways to tell if your roof is damaged.
If even from a distance, you can see torn, missing or decaying shingles on your roof, it is a tell-tale sign that you should be contacting your local roofing company.
If you can see what look like big grains of sand in the gutters surrounding your house - which are very likely to be shingle granules - this is another sign that your roofing could be coming apart, and that you should seek expert help.
If you are experiencing water damage leaking within your property, especially near the top floor, this is a huge warning sign that you should call in the professionals sooner rather than later.
A pre-cursor to any infiltration of water could be the dark spots and trails which often signal that damage has begun to occur. If you spot these on ceilings or walls, don't hesitate to investigate them.
If you can see light shining through the roof into a loft or attic, this is a warning that something is amiss. The presence of outside light through anything other than a window can betray the fact your roof is coming apart.
The knock-on effect of unwanted moisture and mould can often be bacteria and fungi which build up underneath roof shingles. It grows quickly, can give off a distinctive smell, and is another reason to have your roof inspected as soon as possible.
The areas where chimneys, pipes and other forms of air vent are positioned are often most susceptible to damage on roofs, and should be checked regularly for signs of wear.