Three Undesirable Things You Can Avoid with Regular Roof Repairs and Maintenance

Roofing repairs mightn't be high on your priority list when you consider home upgrades. But if you ignore regular inspections and repairs, undesirable things can happen. Here are three things that you probably want to avoid.


If you have possums living on your ceiling plaster, you'll know what a nuisance they can be. Not only do they run over the plaster at all hours, but they can cause damage to the building. For example, they can urinate in the crawlspace, which can even trickle down the walls inside your home. Of course, this is revolting and smelly.

However, if roofers regularly inspect your roof, they can mend any broken tiles or gaps for the possums to use as doorways to their home in your crawl space. Possums are protected species, and they can be hard to keep away once they develop a fondness for a building. Thus, make sure to have your roof fixed and checked routinely to prevent possible access.

Mould and Mildew

Have you ever looked up at your ceiling and seen dark patches of something undefinable and unattractive? If so (assuming it's not possum urine), it could be patches of rain-soaked plaster. This can lead to mould and mildew growth, spreading down the walls, giving off a damp, unpleasant smell and creating an unhealthy indoor atmosphere.

Of course, a roof is ideally sealed from the rain, which is meant to run off the cladding and into the gutters. If it's getting to the ceiling plaster, there must be a leak somewhere that has probably festered for a while. You can avoid this happening to you with regular maintenance. A routine inspection will likely catch small holes before they become major problems. And your home won't suffer from the dank air.


Another undesirable thing you probably want to avoid is rats, mice, snakes, and birds making your roof their home. These rodents are attracted to gutters full of soft, rotting leaves and debris. If one of them happens to die, you'll have a strong, pungent smell to deal with.

To keep the gutters clean, roofers can regularly clear them out. It's dangerous to stand on the rungs of a tall ladder, and they're experienced at working at heights and taking all the necessary precautions. One thing contractors may recommend is gutter guards to stop debris piling up and to keep critters out. Clear gutters will also let rain flow to the downpipes and not spill over the edges.

Contact a local roof repair company to learn more.