Water leakages in a home have become more common especially during times when the weather is harsher and experiencing a rainy weather becomes the norm of the day. It is easy for a waterproofing contractor to find the leak for you, however if you do not wish to engage one so quickly, and wish to identify the leakage on your own, then it is advised that you learn about the common areas that would contribute to your roof leakage.
In general, it is easier to find the roof leakage source on a flat roof, however on a sloped roof, it would take a higher level of expertise to do so. At times, it may not be your roof that is leaking but it could be that there are other factors that are contributing to the leakage. Note that the sooner you identify your leakage and solve it, the higher the chance that the amount you need to fork out to solve the leakage would be lesser.
In this article, we will discuss some of the common areas where leakages are likely to happen.
Cracked Roof Tiles
It is common for the shingles at the top of your roof to experience corrosion, especially on the vertical slits. The vertical slits are often exposed to water, dirt and even the sun rays. If you know that your roof tiles are cracked or corroded, then the solution is pretty straight forward. One is advised to engage a contractor to do a proper tile roof repair for your roof immediately. It is not advised that one does this task on his or her own especially if the person doing this job is inexperienced.
The flashing is the metal part at the top of your roof that connects the vents and other ducting system to your roof. This part is prone to age and deteriorate. Get a professional to inspect this part and identify if there are any cracks. The flashing collar can easily be loose and will then allow leakages to happen.
Granules are the layer of coating that is over the roof’s shingles. It acts as a protective layer that protects the shingle from the sun’s rays. It is easy to tell that this protective layer is damaged. The noticeable signs include: bare patches and loss of colour. One is advised to either get a new set of shingle to replace the damaged shingle, or get a contractor to apply a new layer of granules.
The skylight looks like a window to the roof. It simply allows natural light into the house. However, it can be a contributor to water leakage at home. Sometimes, water can be collected just near the skylight area or the window part could be cracked which could lead to water leakage. Do get a silicon tube to patch up the cracks, or alternatively, get a contractor to do the works for you.
Faulty Roof Valley
The roof valley is the Vee shaped metal channels that allows water to flow downwards the ‘folds’ of a roof. It is constantly experiencing water abrasion during a rainy day, and thus it is important that you get this checked as well.
All in all, the roof is a valuable asset to a house, and it is important for one to conduct regular checks on it.