Australian is renowned for having some of the most unpredictable weather of any continent. The average Australian home must withstand harsh conditions, from strong sun to harsh wind and heavy rain. Unfortunately, weather isn’t the only thing that our homes have to contend with. Accidents are sometimes unavoidable and can be costly to repair. However, with proper care and maintenance, the damage can be limited.
Here are some common hazards to think about for your home when choosing a new roof.
Australia’s weather patterns are very unpredictable. Because of this unpredictability, our homes are put under stress from the harsh environment. Perth is notorious for its extreme heat in the summer months. However, the sun isn’t the only condition that can damage our homes.
Strong, gale force winds are a nightmare to the family home. New roofs are more protected from the wind, but older, unsealed roofs are prone to damage.
Hail storms may be fun to watch, but hailstones can sometimes be the size of cricket balls and weigh just as much. The damage these large hail stones cause to a home is significant. Roof tiles and guttering bare the full force of hailstones, which can crack the tiles. Make sure you install quality roofing and check for damage after a storm.
Water leaks in your roof can occur anytime during the year, especially in the summer months. Hot, dry weather causes old roof tiles to crack and shift creating openings in your roof. The excessive water seeps into the cracks and will either:
- Seep into your roofs timber frames which can rot the wood
- Drip into your home’s ceiling and insulation. Once the water soaks into these areas, the ceilings plasterboard becomes a breeding ground for mould and bacteria.
It is best to inspect your roof tiles in the summer months. You want to be sure your roof if properly sealed for the winter months as rain and frost sets in. Consider a re-roofing service if your roof needs some attention.
Trees around your home can be both aesthetically pleasing and a hazard waiting to happen. Leaves and small branches will clog up your roof gutters, which can cause a blockage. However, in terms of significant damage, tree limbs and large branches need to be monitored. Trees that get uprooted can collapse onto a home. If your home is surrounded by trees, especially large trees, act now.
- Ensure large trees that are close to the home are trimmed back and free from excess debris
- Monitor the height of the trees, particularly near roofs and powerlines
- If you have a number of trees, ensure there is enough space between each tree
Ensuring your roof is protected should be a must for all homeowners. If you are concerned about the health of your roof it is best to speak to a professional. Roof Top Industries are leaders in re-roofing in Perth.
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