The roof is one of the most important parts of your St Helens property, but it’s also particularly vulnerable. That’s not to say that it isn’t strong. From time-served slate roofing to innovative rubber roofing, the materials we supply and install are robust and durable. Our roofers work with a keen eye for detail, ensuring a long-lasting watertight seal. When we say roofs are vulnerable, then, we refer to their constant exposure to harsh, varying weather conditions.
From torrential rain to UV light, and hail storms to high winds, pitched and flat roofing works hard against the elements day in, day out. To ensure yours doesn’t leak, you must take a proactive approach to roof repairs, inspections and maintenance.
Because your roof in St Helens can suffer damage at any time, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the early signs of a problem, especially between inspections.
At the first signs of stains on your ceilings, head up into your loft to see if your roof has a leak. Even the smallest watermarks usually means that water is finding its way through your roof via a crack or hole.
It doesn’t take much water to cause serious damage. In some cases, a tiny leak is the catalyst for problems like rotting timberwork, mould, damp and ceiling damage. If left unresolved, your leak could even result in pitched or flat roofing collapse.
If you have discovered water damage, contact our roofers as soon as possible for the appropriate roof repairs. We cover all materials, from rubber roofing to slate roofing.
Moss and Mould
While mould may grow inside your St Helens home because of water damage, it can also establish itself on the outside of your roof too. The same is also true for moss. While moulds breakdown the protective outer layer of tiles, moss growths force them apart. The former weakens your roof, making it more susceptible to damage. The latter creates a gap between tiles that allows rainwater to seep inside.
Moisture can also penetrate slate roofing through moss root systems. As freeze-thaw cycles take effect, individual slates could eventually break apart.
Damaged or Loose Tiles
When checking your roof for changes in condition, pay close attention for tiles and slates that have evident damage or appear to be loose. This is often the result of high winds which create upward pressure. Loose tiles are generally an easy fix for our roofers. Swift roof repairs soon restore the watertight seal.
If most of your tiles look worse for wear, it may even be time for a full reroof. As specialists in pitched and flat roofing services, we can also replace torch-on felt and EPDM rubber roofing too.
Of course, the guttering at your St Helens home catches all manner of debris, such as twigs and leaves. However, if you notice a continued build-up of sandy, sludge-like granules, or rust, it’s often a sign of a deteriorating roof.
While some loose granules are perfectly normal as your roof ages, a significant increase indicates that your roofing material is weathering at a fast rate. If you notice this at your property, the roofers at LDM Slate Roofing will happily perform a roof inspection. We will then either recommend the required roof repairs or a reroofing.