Every building has a roof which is the covering that protects the people. However, that may not always be the situation with a roof leakage. In this article, we will look at the damages of roof leakages, how to prevent them and why there is the need to patronize only the best quality modern roofing company in Ghana, Domod Roofing Limited.

Causes of roof leakage

To help save your precious time and money, we’ve compiled a list of five common causes of roof leakage.

  • Poor installation

Poor installation of roofing sheets can lead to serious problems. One of the problems is that the roof wouldn’t be uniform in appearance. When there is no underlayment, probably because of the forgetfulness of the installer, the roof could undergo premature ageing and lead to leakage. Another potential problem a poor installation cause is stains and mould around the roof deck. Wrongly installing hardware such as flashing, vents, drip edges, and nails can bring about an unhealthy roofing system. This is why you must contact a professional to install your roof. 

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  • Improper maintenance 

Imagine not brushing your teeth for a whole week or bathing every day. What do you think will happen to the body? Your guess is as good as mine. Same way when roofs are not properly maintained, it can cause serious problems for the reason being that it is exposed to heat, wind, and rain. A number of ways by which roofs can be maintained are checking for missing or cracked shingles, removing moulds, making sure the roof is inspected at a certain regular period of time, clearing away any threatening branches of trees, and cleaning your gutters. 

  • Poor roof repairs

Fixing a roof leakage can be very expensive. One of the things that make people spend a lot on such a thing is poor repairs. It can be that broken shingles, gutters, siding, or windows were not excellently fixed making the roof continue to leak. 

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  • Age of the roof

You can’t expect a new roof you bought twenty years ago to be as durable as new as it was. With time, it would start incurring problems. The probability of the shingles curling would be high and this will also affect the aesthetic value of your roof.

  • Human error(s) while working on the roof

Too much weight of a human(s) on roof membranes can cause havoc. The dropping of tools such as pry bars, hard hats, drills, nail guns, and roofing hammers on roofs by humans can also damage the roof. In the case where the roof installer is pressured by a homeowner to finish within a short time because of a tenant, mistakes become inevitable. When there is a heavy downpour, the roof could get soaked, affect the insulator and destroy many electrical appliances. 

Effects of roof leakage

A quick remedy must be taken to solve these roof leakage issues otherwise serious damages will occur. Some of the effects of roof leakage are explained below.

  • Health issues

Roof leakage can lead to serious health issues when there is the presence of mould and mildews. The continuous production of mould can lead to allergic reactions and asthmatic symptoms. 

  • Extra financial expenses 

A rapid increase in utility bills is one of the consequences of roof leakages. This occurs as a result of water invasion. Water invasion is harmful to the covering in the space between the roof and the ceiling of the highest floor of the building. Persistent water invasion will use up the coverage area and either your home or company will lose cool and hot air. If roof leakages are not repaired immediately, the ceiling and for that matter, the insulation will get soaked and you would have to spend more resources repairing it in the future. When this happens, it usually takes a long period for it to dry out. The walls and plasterings would also be affected and hence, you’ll have to fix them again. As a result of a fall or injury, hospital bills can be incurred. 

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  • Loss of property

Not just one but many properties of yours at home such as furniture, carpets, wall frames, clothing, lights, fans, gadgets, can be damaged because of roof leakage. If you own a company, the metal components of your electrical equipment and machines may rust or altogether stop functioning due to the disruption of water. This would mean operations will be slower and you may be likely to make losses.  That is why it is important to find ways to stop roof leakage. 

  • Pest infestation

Mice, birds, rats and rodents, in wanting to build their homes, will create a hole in the roof which can of certainty cause roof leakage.

  • Discolouration of Walls and growing of moulds

With time, you will notice that the walls will change colour and this will make your walls look unpleasant. 

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How to prevent roof leakage

The great news is that, despite its numerous causes, roof leakages can be fixed or repaired. Let’s take a look at how to deal with roof leakage;

  • Periodic inspection

A regular periodic inspection of your roof would do you good. It would be great if you get a professional to handle it. Notwithstanding, an effective roof maintenance plan can be put in place.

  • Replacement of new shingles

Shingles are flat, rectangular pieces of asphalt, composite, or other roofing material. They are applied from the base of the roof upwards and often overlap to provide full coverage. Unfortunately, these shingles can be broken and bring about roof leakage. Fortunately, broken shingles can be replaced with new shingles.

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  • Installation of waterproof barriers

This is also another way of preventing roof leakage. Like a bulletproof saves a man from a bullet, so does the waterproof barriers. The waterproof barriers prevent water from being able to seep through the roof of mould and mildew.

  • Application of patch

One major solution to dealing with roof leakage is, first of all, to find where it has been cracked or damaged and patch it. The best roof patch material is silicone.

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Roof leakage can be a thing of the past with Domod roofing. It’s time to take a break from collecting water in buckets every time it rains and let the roof experts do their thing. Domod roofing uses quality materials and provides you with professionally trained installers with the highest craftsmanship for all your roofing projects. We offer technical advice and free estimates on the type of material to be used based on the location of your project, budget and preference.

 This is why you should choose us. We give you value for your money. To know more about our products, download our free e-brochure here

Contact us today for your roof installation, maintenance and repairs for either your residence or for commercial purposes.