June 20, 2022
There are a lot of factors that can cause roof damage. Behind many roof leaks and crises lie different problems like errors in design, punctures, inadequate maintenance, penetrations, etc.
Here, we will be highlighting some causes of leaks and possible ways to correct them.
ROOF PUNCTURE: This is a state whereby a hole is created in your roof, probably due to penetration by sharp objects. Punctures are subtly more dangerous than they seem because they can allow moisture or water to areas unguarded areas on the roof. If a hole is detected in the roof, it requires fast attention to block the hole.
ERROR IN SEALED ROOF VALLEYS: The roof valleys are a point where two of your roof meets. If there is an error in the installation of your flashing along your roof valleys, it can cause a leak. The easiest way to avoid this is to make sure you contract your roofing installation to a professional. To fix the leak, you would have to replace the flashing with a new one.
HUMAN ACTIVITIES: Your rooftop was not made for human activities. It can resist some weight but might not be able to resist the weight of a human. It is not ideal to carry out activities on your roof. It can cause cracks, and accidents and might pave way for leaking eventually.
IMPROPER MAINTENANCE OF THE ROOF: Oftentimes, a roof might be leaking because it has reached its lifespan limit. Removing moss and fungus, however, helps in the protection of your roof and affords it a longer life span. But then, we can’t shave off the fact that this roof can’t last forever and they will eventually wear out due to extreme weather exposure.
ANIMAL ACTIVITIES: Animals such as rodents and birds when making their home on the roof too can cause a hole in the roof. Animals such as these will seek shelter in the roof at the detriment of the roof. Though one might not be able to prevent them, the best way to keep animals from making a home on your roof is by keeping it clean.
Roofs and leaks are tricky things, so it’s best to have professionals come out and take a look at the problem. You’ll be able to know better how serious the issue really is and the best option to fix the problem.
We hope this helps you to know some of the causes of leaking roofs and most importantly help you with corrective measures. A roof leak might poise to become a structural problem later, get it fixed as soon as you can.