Introduction: Felt roofing is a popular choice for residential and commercial buildings due to its affordability, durability, and ease of installation. However, like any roofing material, felt can deteriorate over time due to exposure to the elements and other environmental factors. As a property owner, it’s crucial to be vigilant and proactive in identifying signs of wear and tear on your felt roof to prevent potential leaks and costly repairs. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to spot common signs of wear and tear in felt roofing and what steps you can take to address them effectively.

  • Check for Cracks and Blisters:
    • Cracks and blisters on the surface of the felt membrane are often early indicators of wear and tear. Inspect the roof regularly for any visible signs of damage, paying close attention to areas where the felt may have been punctured or torn.
  • Look for Loose or Missing Shingles:
    • Loose or missing shingles can compromise the integrity of the felt roof, allowing water to seep underneath and cause leaks. Walk around the perimeter of the building and visually inspect the roof for any shingles that appear loose, damaged, or out of place.
  • Examine the Roof for Water Stains:
    • Water stains on the ceiling or walls inside the building indicate a roof leak. If you notice any water stains or discolouration, it’s essential to investigate the source of the leak promptly. Inspect the corresponding area of the roof for signs of damage or deterioration.
  • Check for Signs of Ponding Water:
    • Ponding water on the roof surface can accelerate the deterioration of the felt membrane and lead to leaks over time. After heavy rainfall, inspect the roof for areas where water pools or accumulates. Proper drainage and maintenance can help prevent ponding water and prolong the life of the felt roof.
  • Assess the Condition of Flashings and Sealants:
    • Flashings and sealants prevent water infiltration around roof penetrations such as vents, chimneys, and skylights. Inspect the flashings and sealants regularly for signs of cracking, separation, or deterioration. Replace or repair any damaged flashings or sealants to maintain the roof’s integrity.

Conclusion: Regular inspection and maintenance are essential for preserving the longevity and performance of felt roofing systems. Property owners can address issues promptly and prevent costly repairs by knowing how to spot signs of wear and tear early on. Suppose you notice any signs of damage or deterioration during your roof inspection. In that case, it’s best to consult with a professional roofing contractor to assess the extent of the damage and recommend appropriate repairs or replacement options. With proper care and maintenance, felt roofing can provide reliable protection for years.

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This is a photo of a roof extension that is having new roof tiles installed. This is a photo taken from the roof ridge looking down a tiled pitched roof on to a flat roof. Works carried out by Burwell Roofing Repairs