When it comes to a home, investment property, or business – the roof is the first line of defence from Melbourne’s often unpredictable weather. It keeps the contents dry and protected, making it one of the most important aspects of the building.

If regular roof maintenance and repair are delayed, it will become an even greater burden and cost you a lot more money in the long run. So when is the best time to do something about your roof and guttering?

If you have plans of selling or have begun to see major structural changes such as roof leaks – then you should definitely have the roof looked at by a Melbourne roof plumber or other roofing expert.

In the meantime, here’s a guide to help you consider and evaluate the situation of the roof.

How long does a roof last?

A roof and asphalt shingles of a roof generally only last between 20-30 years. As your roof edges closer towards the end of it’s life expectancy, then you may be facing a potential number of expensive issues. The best way to determine it is time to repair or replace your roof is by having a Melbourne roof plumber or roofing specialist come out and inspect it. Neighbours updating their own roofs may also be a sign that it is time for you to consider doing the same.

Is the roof sagging?

Have you noticed the entire roof beginning to sag? This is a sign that the roof is in need of immediate and urgent attention, due to major roof structural issues. Continuing to occupy a building with a sagging roof that hasn’t been inspected could put those inside in danger. As an owner of the building, home, construction site or business premises you have a duty of care to ensure those within the premises are safe. We suggest you call a Melbourne roof plumber or another roof expert as soon as you possibly can, as damage can progress quickly.

Want to get rid of moss and algae on the roof?

A moss or algae covered roof is typically a superficial issue that doesn’t affect the structural abilities of the roof. Despite this, it’s not aesthetically pleasing to look at and may decrease the value of the building. If you decide to tackle this issue, it is important that you do not attempt to scrape away the algae or moss from the metal or tiles. This may result in the paint being chipped or even scraped away, causing greater damage and costing you a lot more to replace. Speak to a roof professional who will determine the extent of the problem and how to manage it.

Is sunshine streaming through?

Any sunshine peeking through the roof is a major red flag. The roof is now in dire need of repair, sooner rather than later. If sunlight can get through the roof, then so can the wind and rain. It would be wise to call in a specialist Melbourne roofer to evaluate your roof as soon as possible.

If you have any more questions on repairing or replacing your roof, contact the Buckland Roofing team today!

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Buckland Roofing are licensed roof plumbers specialising in metal roofing, gutters and cladding systems across the Melbourne Metro area, Mornington Peninsula, and South Eastern and Eastern Suburbs.