In Wellington’s rainy season, every company offering professional roofing services prepares themselves for an influx of leaks, and the damage that results from leaving them alone for too long. Most homeowners are tempted to simply place a bucket underneath a leak while it’s raining, and then leave it to its own devices at all other times.
The problem is, this leads to lots of other issues that will put your health, your home, and your wallet under some serious strain.
In the dark spaces of your walls and ceiling, the dampness from a persistent leak will quickly grow into mould. Mould spreads via dampness and spores, and if you leave a leak alone the spores will eventually drift to other parts of your home, spreading the mould to all corners of the structure, and presenting a major health hazard to all inhabitants.
Respiratory and pulmonary diseases go hand-in-hand with the presence of mould, and the permanent discolouration from black mould is difficult to get rid of.
The purpose of insulation is to fill the airy spaces your home has in its walls and ceiling to prevent heat from readily transferring out or in. If you leave a leak in your ceiling, the water that comes through will permeate the insulation in these spaces. Because water is conductive (it holds heat well), the insulation will no longer work effectively, so your energy bill will see a noticeable uptick.
Your insulation and shingles are not the only parts of your home that will see damage from a continuous leak. When water seeps into the timbers that construct the frame of your home, it can cause rotting, bowing and splintering, which is incredibly unsafe.
The frame of your home is designed to hold itself up, but with the damage a leak causes parts of the frame will start to give out, leading to sagging and eventual collapse. This presents a major danger that must be rectified quickly.
Mould, rot, and the promise of a home warmer than the outdoors is enough to attract all kinds of pests. A leak presents an easy doorway for spiders, cockroaches, rats and other vermin to enter your home. Once they’re in, it’s a lot of hassle to get them to leave, so it’s always best to head them off at the pass, and repair the leak as soon as possible.
Beyond the potential damage leaks can wreak on your home, there are also the effects they could have on your health. Mould spores, a cold space, dampness and pests are all a sure-fire way to compromise your immune system, thereby resulting in sickness. There have been many cases where individuals—often babies or people with weaker immune systems—have contracted asthma from living in an unhealthy home.
Even though it might seem inconvenient to sort out the leak immediately, the repercussions of leaving it alone are even worse. If you’ve noticed any leaks on a rainy day, wet patches on the walls or ceiling, or even curling shingles on your roof, call in a contractor to take a look. It will save both you and your wallet a lot of pain.
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Concerned about a leak, or looking for someone to take care of your re-roofing in Wellington? Roofing and Coatings has got you covered. We can come to your home and conduct a thorough inspection to detect any faults, and repair it in a cost-effective and timely manner.
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Just as snow, hailstorms and windstorms can easily damage your roof, which can unfortunately compromise the interior of your home, it’s best to make sure your roof is strong and secure so that it can handle the rain, and all of the challenges that this can present. From the experts, here are five ways to tell if your roof is winter ready.
Clean and Functioning Gutters
Clean gutters are ideal for keeping your roof winter-ready. Maintenance of gutters is necessary, as they are the main system allowing water to flow off of your roof and away from your house. Just imagine a scenario when your gutter is clogged or broken – the water may back up underneath the metal or tiles and get into the home, causing rot to form throughout the roof and walls. To ensure that this can’t happen, you should make sure your gutters are free from leaves, sticks, and other debris that could lead to water build-up.
Your Sidings Are Working
In addition, if your sidings are warped or cracked, they will allow any built-up water to seep into the house even more easily, so it’s important to check them over for any faults. Damp, mould, and wood rot spread quickly in the winter months, and the last thing you want to do is provide an avenue for them to enter your home through the walls.
A Properly Checked Chimney
Chimneys may present safety issues for homeowners come wintertime. It’s possible that an animal may have built a nest inside of it, or creosote may have built up. Creosote is a highly flammable buildup made from particles left behind after wood burns. It can spark a fire in the chimney that could potentially damage your roof and the rest of the house, so it’s good to keep your chimneys clean from any of these harmful chemical compounds, and make sure no creature is nesting in them during the winter!
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Roofing and Coatings have been in the industry for 20 years. Blending experience, commitment, and superior products, the company prides itself with being the leading roofing company Wellington can offer. If you want the best advice on how to winter-proof your roofs or to avail yourself of our roofing services, don’t hesitate to give us a call! You get a no-obligation free inspection and quote from us!
If you’re someone who loves DIY, from painting your own walls, to fixing your own car, then it makes sense if you’d want to skip the professional roofing services and go the DIY route when it comes to replacing your roof. Why? Because in the world the internet has built, tutorials for every project can simply be accessed online.
From replacing gutters to re roofing your home– there’s a source you can look up to guide you through it. However, if you take a look at some of the potential hazards of going after your roof with a hammer and a can-do attitude, you might discover a few reasons why it’s better to leave it to the experts.
Unsafe for You
Risking your safety is a major concern when you choose to DIY. Roof repair and roof replacements are major home improvements that have a variety of dangers – this is why roofers use entire systems designed to protect them while atop your home. The height, slope, and weather can all play into a potential fall from the top of your roof – and while these might harmless pratfalls on YouTube, the injuries that result from falls like that are often extensive and fairly serious.
One of the most common reasons why people choose to DIY is to save money. Yes, roofing services such as roof replacements can cost you more upfront, however, DIY doesn’t exactly mean you’re spending less. You might think you’re saving money, but actually, there’s a greater chance you might be spending more. When you attempt to do easy DIY fixes, you may miss a serious underlying problem, leaving you with a short-term fix, but a serious long-term financial consequence.
If it all goes sideways, you have to pay to remove the previous fix, as well as to repair the damage you were dealing with in the first place. Or, if you leave a faulty DIY solution in place, the damage can spread to other areas of your home and create a huge financial burden for you in the following years. Pretty unfortunate!
Voids Your Warranty
The potential problems that arise from installing aspects of your roofing system by yourself are many, and one that most people don’t think about is the impact it will have on your roof’s warranty. It has one, and if you choose to DIY a roof repair, that warranty is voided because a licensed professional has not sanctioned any changes made.
This means that, in the event you need to claim for a repair or replaced part, you can’t call on that part’s warranty to cover the financial burden! Even in cases when you’re able to pull off a perfect installation, you won’t have the same peace of mind that comes with knowing your materials are covered by warranty.
Nothing beats experience
In the interest of keeping yourself safe and your home well-protected, it’s best to rely on trusted experts who can take on your roof issues professionally. For the best re-roofing Wellington provides, Roofing and Coatings has got you covered. Gain peace of mind with a quality roof your home rightly deserves, and give us a call today!