When Should I Get My Roof Inspected?
Gauteng’s weather is one of the best in the world. With our warm, wind-free summer days and our mild crisp, winters. Never too humid but also never too cold to the point we where we experience below 0 Celsius.
Our heavy rainfall and thunderstorms usually start mid-October. Therefore, we recommend you have your roof inspected between July and September when we are still experiencing dry weather. As roof repair and waterproofing specialists, we experience an influx of job acceptances DURING the rainy season. Which, of course leads to job delays due to the wet conditions. Thus, resulting in frustrated clients as everyone wants their fixed as soon as possible.
Roof inspection frequency depends on a number of factors such as; the age of the roof, the condition, latest roof maintenance (if at all), the type of roof system installed, geographical location etc. Roof systems deteriorate for a number of reasons:
- Normal wear and tear.
- Weather conditions.
- Building movement.
- Improper design.
Any roof fault will result in damage to the building envelope, interior finishes and loss of occupant productivity. Thus, regular roof inspections lead to early roof leak detection and other early signs of roof system failures.
Tiled Roof Inspections
Since tiled roofs generally experience more leaks than other roof types, we recommend you have your tiled roof inspected twice a year. Tiles and roof ridges are susceptible to cracks, chips and coming loose if not correctly installed. Additionally, valleys are easily blocked by dirt and debris that land on the roof, especially by overhanging trees.
Flat Roof Inspections
General rule of thumb for flat roofs is that they need to be maintained every 2 to 5 years. Depending on the type of waterproofing system you currently have installed. Derbit waterproofing has a torch on waterproofing system that only needs to be maintained every 5 years. Although it is more of an expensive option, it lasts longer than other torch on waterproofing systems. Thus, saving you money in the long run. We recommend you have your flat roof inspected every 2 years. Debris and ponding water cause structural damage when not attended to as soon as possible.
Metal Roof Inspections
Metal roof inspections also depend on a number of it’s own factors; type of slope, penetrations installed (chimneys, whirlybirds, aircons units etc), gutter conditions, overhanging trees etc. Metal roofs are also prone to holes and rust. Therefore, we recommend you have your metal roof inspected once a year.
Our comprehensive roof inspections are free of charge. We have been roof repair and waterproofing specialists since 1992. Contact our professional team today for a free assessment and report.