It does not matter if you live in an area where you do not experience traumatic weather or climate events or storms; roof damage does still occur and accumulates (even though slightly). If you live in such an area, it takes many years for evinces of roof damage to show. Just like the way your body may become damaged internally without any visible signs, so can your roof.
As such, homeowners are advised always to stay alert. What causes a roof to leak? Well, below are the most common causes:
1. Slipped Slates or Tiles
Have you ever experienced this problem in the past? Well, if you have, then you know that water pool can occur. If you then have a tile or slate that has slipped, then water accesses the underlay, especially during wet seasons. With time, water will begin to leak, which may cause a lot of damage to the roof if the problem is not fixed as soon as possible.
One of the leading causes of a leaking roof or a perception that a roof is leaking is condensation. Condensation occurs when warm air (humid air) meets a cold surface, causing water droplets to form under a roof (especially if the area is not well ventilated). When this happens, with time, it may cause ceiling damage. To avoid this problem, it is wise to have the roof space ventilated very well to prevent condensation.
3. A Damaged Underlay
This is another common problem people face. However, in this case, we are talking about the part of the roof where it has been designed to pass water down to the gutters. You should know that this is one of the functions of an underlay, and often it does not work the way we like it to.
Wind and rain are the prime suspects of destroying this part of the underlay. They often end up rotting due to constant exposure to the elements. As such, when a slate or tile gets damaged (no matter how small), water will begin to pass through and eventually to the inner-part of the roof space. When this happens, a person will start to see the signs of a leaking roof.
4. Failing Extensions
Failing extensions are also causes of leaking roofs. That is mainly because of lean-to extensions. Therefore, if your house has one, then chances are that it is leaking.
The reason it will leak is due to weight and time. In other words, your roof will need repairs after some time. Therefore, if you have a lean-to extension, know that one time you will need to repair it; because it takes on the pressure from the rain and water from the main room; the pressure on the lean-to extension doubles.
With time, the underlay and tiling will be compromised, which increases the chances of a leak.
Roof Junctions are prone to leakages, especially if fitted incorrectly or damaged for one reason or the other. If you experience a high amount of water leaking, the problem is usually a roof junction.
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