How to Prevent a Leaky Roof (Tips from Roofing Specialists!)
When was the last time you thought about your roof?
If you’re anything like most people, your roof only becomes a priority when it starts leaking!
Unfortunately, this often leads to costly repairs and drawn-out insurance claims. Not only is it costly, but it’s downright unpleasant to deal with a wet floor, a dripping ceiling and repairs that seem to take forever.
If you’re currently dealing with a leaking roof right now, don’t hesitate to contact our roofing specialists for a free inspection, or a quick call-back.
What starts off as a small leak can often result in major structural damage to your property, with the dampness seeping into the studs, causing mould and rot to set into your walls.
Luckily, prevention truly is better than cure. With a little bit of work and tips from our roofing specialists, you can extend the life of your roof, save money and stop those leaks before they start!
What are the Causes of Roof Leaks?
Before you can address the problem, it’s critical that you understand the causes.
The most common causes for a leaking roof are:
- Cracked Flashing
- Broken tiles
- Clogged Gutters
- Loose and cracked ridge caps
- Rusted valley irons
How to Prevent Roof Leaks
Now that you know what causes roof leaks, let’s take a look at what you can do to prevent water-damage before it starts!
Clean Debris Regularly
When twigs and leaves build up on your roof, they trap water against your tiles. This causes water to slowly seep in, which can cause a leak in your roof! Luckily, prevention is quite easy. Clean your roof regularly, and make sure that you watch-out for any build-up. Just be careful if you’re using a pressure hose!
Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning your gutters is another maintenance task that often gets overlooked. A build-up of debris can lead to over-flowing rainwater, which can seep into your roof. Cleaning your gutters is a simple, but messy task. It can take quite a bit of time to manually pull all of the debris out, and clear the way for rain-water again.
Here at TopGlaze, we’re proud to offer a state of the art Top Guard ® Gutter system, which stops your gutters from getting clogged up in the first place. Check out our Leaf Guard page (found in the Services menu) to find out more.
Replace Broken Tiles and Cracked Flashing
Roof flashings are critical in creating the all-important water-resistant barrier on your roof. If the flashing is rusted or split, your roof will be prone to leaking.
Tiles can get knocked around or broken due to extreme weather, and the exposed surface leaves your roof vulnerable to water damage.
If you see any signs of damage to your roof, it’s imperative that you get it looked at as soon as possible. The sooner you can fix a problem like this, the lower the cost!
If you’re worried about broken tiles or flashing, take a look at our detailed page on Roof Restoration.
Regular inspections can help you find any chipped tiles or eroding tar on your flashing (before the damage gets urgent).
Schedule Regular Roof Inspections
Many of these problems can only be fixed by a registered roofing specialist. An expert will be able to diagnose any problems with your roof and fix it before it causes more damage to your home (and your wallet!).
That’s why it’s so important to schedule regular inspections.
If you suspect any of the above problems with your roof, it is recommended you get your roof checked and this should be done sooner rather than later to avoid expensive repair bills.
That said- if you haven’t had a recent inspection, it’s best to book it sooner rather than later!
Here at TopGlaze, we believe in putting your needs first. That’s why we’re offering a FREE inspection, to help you get your roof in tip-top shape. Head over to our home page to book your inspection today.
Top Glaze Roofing is Melbourne’s leading roofing specialists. We’ve helped tens of thousands of people with our high-quality, affordable roof repairs and restorations.
If you’ve got a roofing issue, don’t hesitate to give us a call, day or night. We’re available 24/7 on 1800 88 77 98.
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With an unbeatable 10-year guarantee on all workmanship and materials, you can’t go wrong.