As a homeowner, you won’t need to be reminded that your roof is the most important component of the building, and leaks are part and parcel of home ownership, yet they do need to be addressed immediately.
There are many reasons a roof might develop a leak. Gale-force winds can easily lift roof tiles, or storm damage might compromise the critical materials in the roof that are designed to keep the water and the weather out.
Sourcing The Origin Of The Leak
As soon as you are aware of a leak, you need to investigate the cause, either that or search online for slate roof replacement in Sydney or in your local area. The roofing company can quickly investigate and quote for a long-term repair. Most leaks are caused by missing or broken roof tiles and it only takes one, and a heavy downpour of rain to cause a leak. If a missing tile goes unnoticed, every time it rains this will add to the damage that is caused to the rafters and joists, not to mention the ceilings.
This provides essential escape route for excess rainwater. If it becomes clogged with small twigs and wet leaves, this will cause a blockage and the excess water will run down the exterior wall, which is not good. Old guttering should be replaced with either stainless-steel or PVC, which never require maintenance, plus it will boost the property’s kerb appeal.
The flashing could be made from copper, lead or even stainless-steel, and this material is used to protect areas where two different components come together. If the flashing is damaged or ripped off the roof by strong winds, this will allow water to seep through the underlay and into the internal timbers. If your flashing has seen better days, ask the roofer for his recommendation, and he will gladly quote for replacing the flashing. More tips on how to fix a leaking roof can be found through an online search.
Checking The Ceilings
This is the place you are likely to see the tell-tale signs of a leaking roof, with light brown stains and a musky aroma being signs that the interior plaster is damp. Of course, by the time the ceilings have been affected, there will already be some damage caused to timbers inside the roof, and water spreads very quickly. As soon as you notice any stains on the ceiling, call in a local roofing contractor, who can investigate and repair the problem. Even if there are no stains on the ceiling but there is musky smell, you should have the roof checked. This is usually the first sign of dampness.
The best way to prevent a serious roof repair is to have an annual roof inspection, something your local roofing company would be happy to do, and they would give you a detailed report on the status of your roof. The inspection would include checking the roof tiles, the flashing and also cleaning out the guttering. This yearly check-up would reveal any minor issues that can be promptly repaired.