Your roof is an essential part of your house but it’s not something that many of us inspect on a daily, weekly or even monthly basis.
You may have thought that you escaped the recent rains as there were no obvious signs of leaking. This means your roof may be experiencing a number of problems you won’t know about until it receives the next or later heavy downpour of rain – and by then it’s too late. Repairs need to be done immediately and you pay premium prices because many others are trying to fix their roofs at the same time.
Inspecting (and fixing) your roof when it’s not raining provides peace of mind at a much cheaper price.
With more than two decades installing and repairing roofs and gutters in Canberra and surrounding regions, I’ve seen three common problems that affect many roofs:
• capillary action
• leaking around recently-installed products
• penetration failure.
Capilllary action happens most commonly on flat roofs or those with a low pitch. It results when water does not run off the end of the roof but instead backs up under the roof and seeps into your eaves. Over time, this leads to your eaves starting to rot.
Leaking takes place when a tradesman has had to access the roof when installing a telephone connection or air-conditioning.
The tradesman undertaking the work was not a qualified roofer and may not have sealed around the access hole or may have done so, but not to a high-enough quality. When a downpour arrives, the water enters through the crack in your roof.
Penetration failure occurs when the roof has had to be cut to install a device such as an evaporative air-conditioner or a chimney flue. Pipes have been connected in a range of different ways by people who are not qualified roofers.
While rubber sleeves may have been installed to protect the plumbing, the roof may not have been properly sealed and this becomes a weak spot for water to enter. Or foam spacing may have been used to seal the gap and birds love to pull this out.
Our roofing specialists at ReACT are able to provide your roof with a health check – and our special offer for RiotACT readers is that the roof check is free.
Contact or email us and we will inspect your roof for free. Our qualified roofers will undertake a thorough inspection and provide you with a report and let you know if there is anything you should be concerned about.
And that will give you peace of mind and a whole lot of reassurance as we prepare for rainy days ahead.