One of the most common roofing problems experienced by the average homeowner is leaks. If not addressed properly and immediately, leaks can lead to severe and extremely costly damages that may take several days or weeks to be resolved. This is why it has become important to find signs of leaks on your roof even before it manifests.
Here are some tips from roofing experts to help you find signs of leaks in your roof.
Know where the common trouble spots are
To effectively prevent leaks from occurring, you will need to keep a close watch on the trouble spots. They are where leaks commonly develop such as in the flashings and sealants at your roof penetrations and membranes. If you have single-ply roofing systems, you will need to inspect the laps, seams, and sealants at your roof membrane to watch out for signs of leaks.
Install larger drains and use screens
If your roof drains penetrate your roof membrane, you will need to install larger drains to accommodate heavy rainfall, preventing rain water from flowing over the drain’s seal and causing leaks. Adding a screen to the drain will effectively prevent clogging of the drain and help ensure there won’t be water accumulation in the roof drain and membranes.
Use sheet-metal roof accessories
To prevent leaks from occurring near the roof’s edges and perimeter, make sure your sheet-metals lap shed water and that you regularly inspect these areas’ sealants. You can also opt to use pre-manufactured sheet-metal roof accessories for the best results.
Use pre-manufactured roof accessories
Roofing experts highly recommend using pre-manufactured roof accessories as these effectively prevent leaks and other water problems from developing near your roof’s expansion joint and perimeters. They advise, however, that the pre-manufactured accessories to be used should be proven compatible with your roof’s membrane.
Differentiate condensation and roof leaks
If you notice leaks from your roof during the winter months and the cold season when it really should not leak because there’s no rain, it probably isn’t leaks. This water problem may be caused by condensation.
Moisture is developed when the warm air inside makes contact with a cold surface or when cold air leaks through your house. To prevent moisture from developing, you will need to update your air barrier or vapor retarder. Consider installing natural ventilation in areas where moisture can most likely develop including your ceilings and walls. Otherwise, you can always opt to install a fan instead.
Don’t forget to seek the assistance from professional roofing contractors such Contract Exterior Roofing.
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