Got a Roof Leak? Here is what you need to know

A roof defends your greatest assets from our changing and often extreme weather conditions.  If roof leaks find their way to your property the water will penetrate any porous materials within.  Over a relatively short period of time, small roof leaks can lead to big expensive problems such as mould, rotted framing, electrical problems, damaged ceilings and walls, destroyed insulation, ruined contents and major structural damage; leaks should be rectified immediately in order to prevent damage.

Detecting a roof leak

Detecting roof leaks is difficult because water can travel a lengthy distance before finding an entry point in one place, dripping into another and eventually soaking into the ceiling and walls.  However, you need to know what to look for in order to identify potential issues and have them resolved as soon as possible before they become larger and more costly issues.

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    The most common indications of roof leaks are:

    Water seeping into the structure during heavy rainfalls

    • Discolouration, steam/dripmarks down walls and/or water spots on the ceiling and walls

    Stained soffits and fascia

    Debris collecting in the gutters

    Deterioration of internal air quality

    Appearance of mould

    Peeling or bubbling paint around skylights or windows

    Crumbling drywall

    Wood decay in your crawlspace or around skylights and windows

    Tiled roof defects to watch out for include:

    Cracked tiles

    Slipped tiles

    Faulty tile clips

    Blocked rain channels

    Leaking penetration areas

    Cracked pointing

    Cracked lead flashings

    Leaking valleys

    Excess growth on tiles/lichen

    Metal roof defects to watch out for include:

    Leaking penetration areas

    Inadequate flashings

    Leaking ridge cap joins

    Rust/corrosion holes

    Leaking roof screws and/or nails

    Leaking transition flashings

    Leaking valleys

    Loose roof sheets and/or flashing

    Excess debris in valleys

    What causes a roof leak?

    Themost common causes of roof leaks include:

    Improperly installed or damaged flashing

    If the flashing installed around chimneys, windows, skylights or vent pipes crack or break, rainwater and moisture will easily access your property.

    Damaged or missing tiles

    Tiles can become damaged or blown off in strong storms.  While missing tiles are easily identified, seeing a damaged tile is not and a storm damage inspection should be carried out.

    Damaged or improperly installed skylights

    Damaged or improperly installed skylights can allow water to penetrate into the property.

    Blocked gutters

    When gutters become blocked with leaves, water is unable to drain properly and will therefore pool in an area of the roof.  This may then cause rust holes and water will eventually find its’ way inside.

    Improperly sealed valleys

    If the valleys (area where two roof planes come together) aren’t sealed together properly, rainwater will get through as it runs down the roof.  This can also happen when fasteners have rusted or been blown off in strong winds.

    Incorrect Roofing Material

    Roofing materials are specifically designed for certain roof types and certain areas and climates.  If your roof was constructed with the incorrect and improperly fitted materials, leaks will occur.

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    HOW BUSS CAN HELP

    The roof of any structure is your first line of defence against natural hazards and unfortunately, it’s not built to last forever; over time it will deteriorate.  Our roofing specialists are experts in the identification and rectification of roof leaks and areas requiring maintenance.

    Drawing on our experience and industry best practice, BUSS’ roofing team have been servicing clients in the commercial, industrial, residential and resources market for more than 10 years.  Our specialist roof repair team have been applying their expertise in completing condition assessments, creating action plans to remediate issues, developing repair methodologies, providing product recommendations and undertaking repairs via trusted techniques to eradicate underlying problems and restoring roof structures to their desired state.

    BUSS is your ‘go to’ contractor for all your roof leak repair needs in Perth and the metro area.  For more information, please feel free to contact us below, or call 08 9444 1732 for more information.

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