A roof is made up of basic structures that guarantee its good quality. The three main structures are the strength of the supports, the distribution of the load on them and the connection between the parts, involving the waterproofing of the roof and the fixing of the tiles. Water, however, becomes an enemy when it comes in the form of heavy rainfall accompanied by winds and hail. These factors can eventually ruin your roof, bringing leaks and leaking. Some ‘experts’ suggest that, in cases like these, the tiles should be replaced. But first of all, the problem needs to identify, as it could be severe structural damage by a load or just a badly fitted tile.
The problem should always be a diagnosis made by a qualified professional. It provides in this article possible causes of leaks and how these drawbacks can be resolved.
1.In the rainy season
In times of unstable weather, we advise you to do nothing, as even structural damage needs a stable time to be repaired safely and quality.
If your roof has been broken because a strong wind, has a cover your roof with a waterproof tarp. If you have a severely infiltrated, wait for the time to stabilize or waterproof cover on the slab.
Infiltration and leaks are indeed desperate, but first of all, consult a professional to make a safe diagnosis of the case.
2. My roof has leaks, but it’s not even raining.
Did you know that leaks are not always related to water? As well?
Tile: An infiltration, although it seems harmless, can cause oxidation on the entire structure of your roof, causing it to rot. As a result, insect infestation, mold, and mildew may appear.
This infiltration, when at more severe levels, can cause leaks because it has moistened the entire structure.
Insects and other animals: Many animals can find a home on their roof, attacking their entire structure and causing leaks.
Design Failure: Among many causes of roof infiltration, this is undoubtedly the most common. It may be that the choice of the tiles was not appropriate for the project, or the waterproofing of the gutters not properly performed.
Errors can easily fix separately, but if the project structure is not fully corrected, problems will happen regularly.
3. My roof is leaking: what to do?
First, be calm and don’t try to do anything on your own, combined? In the medium to long term, you realize that asking a building technician or civil engineer for help is much more economical. Besides being much safer, of course. If roof problems appear today, it is because the design failure has already happened. Often, correcting failures takes longer than starting from scratch. Let’s look at a checklist and fix for leaking and leaking problems:
Tile verification should be initiated from the top of the roof (by the tiles). Look for leaks, dirt or sludge build-up, holes, etc.
Make sure that the tiles overlap correctly, especially if they are clay tiles;
Check gutters, perform maintenance cleaning, and test for water leaking with a hose;
If the chute is too small and has problems with drainage and sagging, replace them completely;
The same water test should be done on the bumps, curves and all rainwater drainage piping;
Replace any broken tiles.
Checking the Bracket: When checking the roof bracket, you need to check whether the roof is out of square or low in sag. These problems are directly related to structural problems.
In many cases, the structure may sag due to the weight of the tiles, causing ‘bellies’ in the structure, taking the tiles out of place. These bellies can cause water to accumulate, further weighing the roof.
Depending on the problem, it may be that replacing the entire roof is necessary or at least replacing all the tiles with lighter ones.
Verification of joints: All waterproofing materials used in flashings, gutters, pipes and tile joints such as silicone, gutter seals, welds, rubbers, etc. should be properly checked.
Metal roofs feature the most efficient weld than silicone or gutter seals. In the case of asbestos clay tiles, use a blanket on any kind of junction between the tiles. Prefer a professional to make the fixing fit of each tile.
Hydraulic Verification: Verification of all water tank and stormwater distribution pipes is indispensable. Pipes can create vulnerable infiltration points, which need to fix to prevent worse leaking.