What are the functions of a roof?

Let’s get back to basics in this Roof Inspection Reports explainer.

The fundamental purpose of a roof is to provide protection from the elements to the people housed under the structure. This means bright sunshine, obviously, in our part of the world, and it also means keeping us dry in rain, unruffled in windy weather and safe from hail. Snow and sleet are part of the mix in some southern climates and foreign ones.

The secondary function of a roof is to keep possessions and property protected. Everything inside would quickly be damaged or ruined without adequate roofing protection: floors, doors and walls, not to mention furniture, electrical goods, carpets, artwork, books and papers, and clothing.

Why do houses have sloping roofs?

Roofs always have to be at least slightly sloped to allow for proper drainage. If a roof is flattish, it still must have a slight slope made either towards the middle or the edges to allow water to drain off properly. When roofs experience leaking it is often because of poor drainage, so continuing maintenance through regular inspections is very important.

Consequences of poor roof maintenance

A roof is the first line of defence for your structure. It is an umbrella that deflects all of the potentially harmful weather that we would otherwise receive. It is therefore at greatest risk of damage from the elements of all the parts of the building. High winds can remove shingles or lift panels. Continued exposure to rain can cause holes and leaks.

Your solution? Keep your roof in good shape through a professional inspection at least twice annually, and again after any major storms. Damage found early is more easily – and less expensively – contained.

Contact Roof Inspection Reports today to book your professional roof inspection.