Replacing the garage roof is something many of us put off until it becomes an absolute necessity. We are worried about the cost and extra hassle. However it is not usually as big a job as people think. A good garage roof company should be able to remove and replace most types of garage roof in just one day. Here are some good reasons for replacing your garage roof sooner rather than leaving it till much later!
Many people believe that flat garage roofs are bad news and never a good idea. However as a garage roof expert most of the problems that I come across are not due to the roof being flat. They are caused by poor workmanship when the roof was installed, sub-standard or very old roofing materials or poor maintenance by the owner of the property.
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At this time of year it is good to know that your garage roof is secure and watertight. If it is not, find out how our garage roof replacement service can help.
When you first discover that your garage roof has a small leak or damp patch it is easy to ignore. Replacing or repairing a garage roof takes time, effort and money. However this may cost you more in the long run as most people now use their garage to store (along with the car) stuff they can’t fit in the house. However a recent article in the paper from Good Housekeeping, ‘Don't keep your clutter in the garage’, pointed out that this is far from ideal. Damp garages can cause wood furniture to swell or contract, make paper in books and photo albums curl and electrical items to end up broken and rusty. So in the end, it may be more cost effective to sort a leaking garage roof sooner, rather than later.
There are a number of different reasons why it is a good idea to replace your garage roof. The signs that your garage roof is in need of repair are very easy to identify as damage is often visible and wide spread. If you see the following issues with your own garage roof then it is highly advised that an inspection is carried out to determine which areas of the garage require attention.
One of the biggest reasons to replace your garage roof is age. If you have never had it replaced before then you may not have a clue about the age of the garage. The most common indicators can include roof sheets falling apart through wear and tear or extensive rust damage. Another indicator is if the nails of the garage roof are affected. If nails begin to loosen over time, moisture can build up and cause damage to the timber structure of the garage building. An old garage roof can be extremely dangerous. Any weight that is put on to a fragile area (i.e. somebody walking across the roof) could result in injury, so it is best to call an expert to inspect your roof.
Another reason that your garage roof needs replacing is by listening for noise. During windy days (and there’s sometimes lots of these in Scotland) if the sheets on the roof make a loud banging sound or flap in the air, then this indicates that the nails are lifting. If the problem is not sorted then as more windy days occur you will risk damaging your roofing structure in the long term.
Water damage through leaks is another indicator that your garage roof needs attention. Rain is endemic in Scotland as we all know. Water damage is easy to spot and hard to miss when you see water running down the side of your interior garage wall. Maybe you never noticed a leak until a splash of water decided to cosy itself in your hair when it plummeted from above.
One of the most serious consequences of a leaking roof is the build-up of mould and mildew, which can spread through the structure of the garage and travel through vents or target carpets, furniture and clothing. Mould is a very serious problem and, in some instances, can lead to a number of health issues such as, nasal congestion, inflammations and asthma. A leaky roof could also be a fire hazard especially if your garage is full of electrical equipment, thus it is recommended that electricity to the area is turned off if you suspect a leaky roof.
Many garages that were built in in the 1960s and the 1970s were made of asbestos cement sheets. If you have a garage that was built during the period between the 60s and 70s it is may be possible that your garage roof was built with asbestos. It was a very popular material as it was strong and very weather proof, but it was later discovered that inhaling asbestos fibres could be fatal and cause serious diseases. Thankfully, asbestos is now banned from being used in building materials. If you want an asbestos garage roof to be replaced then it is recommended that an expert is called in to safely deal with the matter.
If you identify anything of the above with your own garage roof then do not hesitate to contact us. We can inspect, repair and replace your garage roof if any of the issues are affecting you.
Replacing a Compton Apex garage roof normally takes no longer than a day. We start by stripping the old sheets and then lining up the new sheets and attaching them to the steel trusses with Avon roof clips.
With a new garage roof we always advise replacing like for like. Beware of roofing companies who suggest using the cheaper option of roofing felt as a replacement on this type of garage. The roof structure of your garage may not have the purlins and trusses to provide adequate support for the necessary plywood lining.
Non-asbestos fibre cement sheets are best
Paul Mclean has 14 years as an agent for LidgetCompton selling and building garages. Now offering a garage roof replacement service.