As long as the roof is strong and healthy, your head is protected from the extreme Perth weather that can be very devastating at times. However, with continuous exposure to the environmental conditions such as a high heating sun, wind, rain, storm, hail, and snow, the roof begins to show its age-related vulnerability and takes damages that could cause severe issues down the road, if not detected and fixed. Problems such as cracks and porous roofs are signs of weakened roof tiles and shingles that could give rise to leaks, water damage, a growth of molds and fungus and damage to the interior and exterior lining of your building structure.
Can you identify roof shingle damages? Read this blog to find out four types of roof shingle damage and the steps you should take to prevent and treat it after it appears.
When volatile gases escape from the asphalt layer of the roof, it causes an expansion in its structure, this causes the gas to migrate to the surface of the shingles slowly eroding its top layer and forcing it to form blisters.
How to prevent it: you can easily prevent blistering, by making sure that your property is completely ventilated and the shingles are not fixed over wet surfaces like wet roof decking or felt paper.
How to treat it: once it occurs, there is no way to stop or change it. Gradually, the roof will be needed to be changed. However, if the blistering has become severe, such as opening up to expose the mat underneath then the roof will need to be replaced immediately
2. Thermal cracks
With time, the mat of the shingles dries out causing the mat to shrink and crack. This is called a thermal or craze crack. However, this is a lengthy process and if it does happen within a few years of being installed, this indicates manufacturer defect.
How to prevent it: it is difficult to prevent such problem as they happen to due to age-related wear and tear. Regular maintenance can help keep your roof lasting longer and help prevent such cracking from happening over a short period of time.
How to treat it: thermal cracks are usually very harmless and do not need to be treated or replaced.
Cupping occurs when the roof shingles start curving in from the middle causing a cupping or wavy appearance. Just like thermal cracking, cupping is an age-related.
How to prevent it: Make sure your roof is properly ventilated and shingles are replaced when their useful life has been exceeded.
Treatment: The only treatment for cupping is the replacement of the roof.
Flaking occurs when the roofing surface of your building starts to deteriorate. The surface exhibits a flaky look.
How to prevent it: there are no ways to prevent flaking. When flaking occurs it is best to replace that part of that surface with a new one.
How to treat it: Flaking is an indication that the roof should have been replaced a long time ago. The best treatment is to replace the roof.
How to choose the right roof maintenance service?
With so many options and competitions in the market both locally and globally, it is difficult to choose the right roof maintenance services in Perth. Here are some tips that you can follow to pick the right one in case you are having issues with your roof.
- Do plenty of research
- Find a roofing service that is fully accredited and bonded (ask for their documents)
- Pick a roofing contractor that has been in the business for a long time
- Ask for references to contact and collect their feedbacks before choosing
- Read plenty of online reviews for a better idea about their overall service and performance.
A good professional roof repair in Perth service will provide you with:
- Certificates of insurance that covers liability and worker’s compensation
- Proper a written estimate that consists of approximate start and end dates, materials required and cost of labor.