Commercial premises owners and homeowners alike can face terrible damage to the inside of their properties if they fail to take good care of their roofs. This can be because of water ingress when it rains which causes direct damage. Indeed, even less significant issues than leaks can lead to costly repairs if not dealt with rapidly. This piece will examine the sort of roofing problems many people face and what you can do about them.
Unlike a leak, which is often obvious, moisture seepage can occur at a low-level for years. If unattended to, damp can get into your property's walls making for a great deal of hassle. Not only is rising damp possible from a faulty roof, but it is costly to get rid of once identified. Check for the usual areas where small amounts of water might get in. These are usually found in places where flashing has been installed. Another common problem area is the joints between roofing membrane. The overlap of sections of membrane should be several centimetres wide to make sure that it remains fully watertight. Check the underside of your roof in the loft area with a moisture detection device to ensure you are free of water seepage problems.
Faulty Roof Tiles
Roof tiles are designed to last in situ for decades, but that does not mean that they are maintenance free. Sometimes roof tiles can work free from their neighbours and will potentially blow off in high winds. This can be dangerous for anyone in the vicinity as well as offering the chance of damaging nearby windows and other parts of the home. In order to maintain your roof's tiles it is necessary to perform a close visual inspection every few years. Scaffolding hire allows you to do this safely whilst removing debris, such as moss, which might have started to accumulate. Remove and replace cracked roof tiles while repositioning those which have slipped down.
When there is not a good run-off of water from a roof, there can soon be problems that follow. Most frequently an issue with flat roofs, ponding can occur on pitched roofs too, especially where dormer windows—popular in Australia—are installed. When water sits on a section of roof, rather than flowing on to the guttering, it adds weight to the structure. If the purlins and trusses beneath the roof line are not sufficiently strong, then structural damage may occur throughout the entire building.