5 Most Common Causes For A Leaking Roof

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This article describes the five most common reasons you may have a leaking roof.

Leaks in your roof can quickly become a hazardous and expensive problem. Although some leaking roofs have an easy fix, they can indicate a more significant issue. Therefore, we recommend seeking professional advice when dealing with a leaking or damaged roof.

Below are the Five most common causes of a leaking roof and how to recognise the issue in the early stages.

1. Do you have an old roof?

Roofing, although made to withstand extremely harsh weather, gets damaged and wears down over time. When roofing is left unmaintained and neglected, it can weaken, making it susceptible to cracks and leaks. For instance, ever-changing weather conditions and extreme sun exposure can speed up the aging of your roof and can cause tiles to become brittle. If you have an older home and haven’t inspected your roof in years, please consider contacting Sandhurst Roofing for a roof inspection or repair.

2. Damaged tiles

Tiles are the outermost layer of protection on your roof and can often be damaged by flying debris and harsh weather conditions. There are also sublayers to your roof that could be damaged and the cause of the leaks. When this occurs, it can be much harder for you to identify yourself. We recommend that you seek professional advice.

When individual tiles are broken, they can easily be replaced. Still, when there are multiple layers of damage or damage to large areas of the roof tiling, we will thoroughly inspect the roof and recommend the solution that will suit the situation and your budget.

3. Built-up debris

The build-up of small branches, leaves, and other debris can harm your roof. Primarily when not attended to for an extended period. Debris will trap water on and around your roof, causing water to penetrate your roofing material and affect the fundamental structures within your roof. If there is the growth of mould, it might compromise the structural integrity of your roof over time.

One way to prevent this is to check your gutters and roofing occasionally, especially after a big storm or high winds. Are you unable to safely inspect your roof yourself? Do not hesitate to call us at 0448 812 800. We will be more than happy to send one of our qualified roofers out to inspect your roof.

4. Cracking flashing and tiles

Underneath the tiles of your roof is the flashing, which is a material that helps to waterproof your roof. Cracked flashing is a common cause of a leaking roof. Always consult a roofing professional to ensure that repairs are done thoroughly and safely. Sandhurst Roofing can help by doing a full roof replacement when the flashing has been cracked and is causing more significant issues.

5. Clogged gutters

Similar to a build-up of debris, clogged drains can cause water to build up on your roof, eventually causing water to penetrate the roof’s surface. Be aware of seasonal changes and how they may affect your gutters. For example, we usually have wet weather in winter, and many leaves fall in autumn. The safest way to clear debris is to call in the professionals. Climbing up on your roof, especially after your roof has accumulated a large amount of water and debris, can be extremely dangerous. Call Sandhurst Roofing today to keep your roof and gutters clean.

If you address a leaking roof quickly, it can be an easy fix. Save your time and money by getting on top of things and replacing damaged roof materials before they cause leaking.

Remember to contact a roof professional before beginning any significant roof projects. Sandhurst Roofing is available to help with all your roofing needs. Just call us today at 0448 812 800.

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