Up The Ladder You Go: Two Roof Parts To Inspect Before The Upcoming Summer Storms
The one thing you can guarantee about summer weather in Queensland is that there will be violent summer storms. Now that winter has passed and the days are drier, this is the best time to get your ladder out to take a closer look at your roof. By repairing any small issues now, you can avoid major damage occurring when the weather gets ugly. Here are the main things you are looking for.
There are two parts of the top layer of your roof that prevent water from getting into your home. These are the roofing sheets, and the flashing pieces. Flashing surrounds all points on your roof that have been cut away to allow a ventilation spot. For example, the chimney that is sticking out of your roof has flashing around to stop water getting between the roofing sheet and the side of the chimney vent.
To check the flashing, you will need to get onto the roof. Once there, the first thing you are looking for is flashing that has rusted to the point where there are now holes that could let water through to your ceiling below. Additionally, check every edge where the flashing meets the roof or projection objects. The flashing should be tightly secured and will need to be reattached if it is loose. You can use screws to re-anchor the flashing to the roof, and this will prevent rain water penetrating the flashing during summer storms.
Another part of your roof that needs checking right now is the roofing sheets themselves, and since you have already gone up the ladder there is no time like the present.
Have a look where each roofing sheet has been attached to your home, and in particular you are looking for missing nails or heavy corrosion around nails that are still there. If the wind from a summer storm gets beneath a loose roofing sheet, the force could lift the roofing sheet away from your roof and make it a very dangerous flying projectile to anyone outside the home.
Roofing nails can be purchased from your local hardware store, and it is simply a matter of replacing those that are missing. Corroded nails should be removed and replaced with new ones. Any small holes in the roofing sheets around the corroded nails can be repaired with roofing cement or other colorbond roofing materials, which can also be purchased at your hardware store.
If you are not physically able to get onto your roof before summer rolls in, contact a roofing professional and arrange for them to inspect your roof for you. Then, when the summer storms are rolling through this year, losing the roof of your home is one less thing you’ll need to worry about.