How often should you repoint your roof?

How often should you repoint your roof?

Have you ever wondered how often you should repoint your roof? We’re going to guess you probably don’t put a lot of thought into it, and you aren’t alone. Many homeowners don’t often consider regular roof maintenance, mostly because they can’t see the damage from the ground. In fact, it’s often only when the roof leaks that the roofing contractors are called out.

A good question to ask is ‘when did you last have your roof repointed?’

Generally you will only need to have your roof repointed every 10 years – it’s a fairly tough material, and holds up to a lot of wear and tear.

If you don’t know how long it’s been since your roof was repointed, there are some signs to watch out for that will indicate you need to have your roof inspected, including:

  • Roof is leaking – you may hear the dripping or notice your ceiling has water marks
  • There are gaps around the ridge capping where the pointing has fallen out
  • Tiles are loose or missing completely
  • There were fragments of tiles or cement in your gutters when they were cleaned
  • Your home was built before 1995, as the cement mortar used can come loose

How Often Should You Have Your Roof Inspected?

How often you should have your roof inspected really depends on where you live. If you live in an areawith high rainfall, you should have it checked at least annually to ensure any cracks or missing tiles are picked up on. If missed, cracked or missing tiles can cause a lot of damage to the internal space in your roof and your ceiling, and you often won’t know about it until it’s too late.

If you live in an area with little rainfall, you should have your roof checked at least every two years. In either instance, if there is any damage to your roof, it should be repaired quite quickly to prevent further damage.

Of course, we recommend that you have your roof inspected by a professional – climbing up on the roof can be dangerous, and you may do more harm than good by stepping in the wrong area. You may also miss tiles that aren’t quite in place – even the smallest amount of movement can be enough for water to leak inside your home.

Benefits of Repointing Your Roof

There are of course plenty of benefits to ensuring that your roof is repointed as needed, and protecting your most expensive asset is one of them. Apart from this, let’s take a look at four of the biggest reasons to organise roof repointing.

Prevent serious damage – water can cause a lot of damage – mould and wood root being two of the biggest issues with a leaking roof. Repointing seals your roof to prevent water ingress and damage from excess moisture.

Safety – loose tiles or pointing can fall off your roof hitting someone on the head as they walk past, or in high winds, they can go flying off your roof. Properly fixed tiles will stay in place on your roof, preventing damage to other people and their property, as well as stopping potential safety hazards that can happen
from water leaks.

Saving money – repointing can save you money in the long run. Like all preventative maintenance, waiting until something goes wrong can mean a more expensive bill.

Aesthetics – we know that a great looking roof can add to the curb appeal and value of your home. Repointing can help restore the look of your roof, as well as offering protection to the internals.

If you take good care of your roof, it will last for many years and protect your home from the elements.

If you need your roof repointed, or it’s time to have it inspected for any damage, contact the friendly team at Brisbane Roof Tile Restorations.