Why Is My Roof Leaking?

March 8, 2019

Why Is My Roof Leaking?

 

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Have you noticed your flat roof is leaking? Leaking is a common problem for roofs, whether it is for a commercial or residential property. This can happen for a number of reasons, but one thing becomes clear: something needs to be done. If left unchecked, the water can seep into the house and cause damage to walls and other things. (electronics are particularly vulnerable to water).

 

Worse yet, it can be downright dangerous to have a leaky roof.  But before you do anything, you need to know what is causing your flat roof to leak. So why is your roof leaking? Here are the most common reasons.

 

 
Cracks in the Roof

Perhaps this is the most common of all the reasons why flat roofs tend to leak. Since they are flat rather than being sloped, they take on more pressure than other types of roofs. If something heavy rests on a flat roof for a while, the pressure can get too much, leading to cracks and punctures. This gives room for water to come in.

The Roof is Too Old

After your flat roof has served its purpose, it may start to leak – this is the inevitable fate of every roofing system. Although flat roofs have a warranty that covers 10-20 years, they can protect your home for over 25 years. However, to make them last for as long as possible, you need to properly maintain and repair them.

Membrane Has Buckled

Most flat roofing systems contain a membrane that has been soaked in asphalt, which is the same as shingled roofs. The difference lies in the fact the membrane of the flat roof is comprised of a single piece, This makes it more susceptible to buckling as the house moves and shakes over time. Buckling can cause the roof to leak.

 

Excessive shaking can cause the flat roof to buckle even faster. And in most cases can lead to the untimely end of the flat roof’s lifespan. Living under a roof that has buckled is unsafe, meaning the only remaining option is a flat roof replacement.

Flashing Has Pulled Away

As the weather and temperature changes, so do flat roofing systems in response. Particularly, they expand and contract, which causes the flashing of the flat roof to retreat from the corners and edges. This spaces they leave, make the roof vulnerable to leakage and moisture build up. This can seriously decrease the life span of the roof if something is not done.

Pooling or Ponding of Water

Poor drainage is also a very common reason why roofs leak. Signs of poor drainage, such as pools or ponds of water, usually show up when it starts raining or when snow begins to melt. If an efficient draining system is not installed, the structural integrity of the roof can be compromised, leading to slanting.

 

If you have noticed that your roof is leaking, you need to do something about it right away. Depending on the cause and the extent of the damage, you might need a repair or replacement.

So call Wolfenburg Flat Roofing Ottawa on 613-800-9058 or email us at info@wolfenburginc.com for a free quote.

 

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