Roofs are always a crucial element of any home and are a way to protect us from weather elements that can cause harm. However, they’re among the least-thought-of home components because we don’t look at them or sit on them. If they are neglected, our roofs, like all assets, will fall and become useless, thus needing roof repair.
Therefore, it is vital to understand the causes of roof damage and how to protect your roof from damage.
In the following article, we’ll discuss the potential dangers of water and debris damaging your roof and the significance of maintaining your roof with an expert for roof waterproofing.
THE IMPORTANCE OF A ROOF
A roof is a barrier to keep direct sunlight, rain, wind, and other elements that can cause harm to your home.
BLOCKING OUT SUNLIGHT
Without an enclosure, the scorching Singapore sun will be free to flood your bedroom and living space. These glaring rays will disrupt your routine activities and rapidly increase room temperature. Imagine how harmful it would be to be exposed to direct sunlight on your skin for the entire day.
SAVING YOU FROM RAIN & A STORM
In a rainstorm, your roof is the only thing between you and your flood-prone home. You would not only be drowning without a roof, but your electronic devices will be completely unusable. It’s probably not sufficient to describe the misery that would ensue when you couldn’t utilize your devices whenever it rains.
In addition, the presence of water in large quantities within your home could result in damage to the infrastructure. If the worst happens, the infrastructure could be significantly damaged, leading to the structure collapse within your home.
IMPORTANCE OF A REGULAR ROOF REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE
1. Regular maintenance identifies the root cause of roofing problems
Roofs will eventually fail at some moment. The best way to extend their service life is to find out the causes of roof problems. For instance, in the case of leaks in the roof, water staining isn’t the main issue – they’re just the sign of a gap within the roofing. Fortunately, we can conduct periodic inspections that don’t only fix cracks in the roof. We determine the cause (or the reason for) the holes initially and use a permanent fix.
2. Roof repairs will stop existing issues from GETTING bigger
Don’t put off fixing the problem until the next scheduled maintenance time if you find roofing issues yourself. Roof problems regardless of how minor they may become a significant issue when not addressed promptly. We are aware of how vital repair time is so that’s why we provide repairs for storm damage as well as assistance with insurance claims.
3. Regular maintenance keeps your roof beautiful for longer
Regular maintenance will keep your roof in excellent condition. Therefore, your roof retains its appearance for a longer time. Even if your roof’s colors change, so long as there aren’t damaged, missing or curled shingles your roof will appear new at a distance from the street.
4. Regular maintenance and timely roof repair saves you money.
Small repairs and regular maintenance is much more affordable , as well as less difficult to manage compared to the expense of replacing or repairing a significant project. Many roofing warranties also require regular maintenance inspections or else it will invalidate the warranty.
CAUSES OF ROOF DAMAGE
Many different causes can damage the roof of your home. Most often, the presence of water and debris cause the most harm.
The debris that falls on your roof may damage tiles or other materials. Most often, the branches of trees are blown away from trees during storms and fall on your roof’s tiles by an intense impact. This can cause chipping or significantly weakening of the tiles so that the next storm quickly wears them down.
It’s also possible when you are on your roof performing activities or examining it and fall on a weak area, which could cause it to crack.
RAIN & WATER DAMAGE
As mentioned before, water is harmful to your home, not just to your roofing. Roofs are generally constructed to be waterproof or resistant, but with time, they may become damaged. It will leak or seep into the roof’s surface if that happens.
Once inside, the water and moisture become highly mobile, moving through the minor cracks and traveling everywhere because of the capillary effect. In the long term, the humid and dark surroundings allow the growth of mildew and mold that weakens the home’s structural integrity.
PREVENTING WATER LEAKAGES THROUGH YOUR ROOF
Regular maintenance of the roof is essential to ensure its waterproofing capabilities. The following four main areas must be addressed when it comes to roof maintenance:
- Fixing damaged tiles.
- Providing a good fall route, clearing choked drainage.
- The reapplication of waterproofing material.
REPAIRING DAMAGED TILES
As we’ve mentioned before, the tiles on your roof may be damaged by falling debris, causing tiny cracks through which water may be able to seep through. A part of the maintenance for your roof is checking all areas of your roof for damages and fixing them. Apart from replacement, new tiles for your roof will also require a waterproofing coating to protect them from rainwater.
ENSURING PROPER FALL PATH
A fall path is a specific path through which water is directed away from the roof. A well-constructed fall path can cut down when water touches your roof. Doing this reduces the pressure your roof is subjected to, and no water accumulation can occur in any part of your roof.
Suppose the fall path of your roof isn’t correctly directing water away from the roof or allowing for excessive accumulation and causing structural damage. In that case, changes have to be made. In most cases, this can be discovered using a visual inspection and, if necessary, a trial and method.
CLEARING CHOKED DRAINAGE
One of the most important causes of roof leaks is choking drainage. Every roof has drainage points to take the majority of rainwater. But, these points are susceptible to being choked by foreign debris, such as leaves. If leaves block the drainage points, the water flow slows substantially.
Then, water accumulates on the roof and eventually turns into pools. They put immense pressure on your waterproofing systems and can cause leaks over time. This is why it’s crucial to examine your drainage lines and remove any obstructions regularly.
REAPPLYING WATERPROOFING MATERIAL
In the end, the waterproofing professional is required to apply the new waterproofing layer. This will help keep your roof waterproof. Membranes require technical knowledge to use correctly, but they last for a considerable time. It is because of their durable adhesive bonds and their resistance to external forces, such as physical force and UV rays.
Based on the specifics of your home, the waterproofing contractor like Alpha Builders will recommend the best type of waterproofing membrane to apply to it. In addition, a guarantee may be issued after the waterproofing process to ensure the security of your house.
CHOOSE ALPHA BUILDERS FOR YOUR ROOF WATERPROOFING NEEDS
Alpha Builders is a waterproofing firm located in Singapore having more years of experience as a Roofing Contractor. Being one of Singapore’s top waterproofing companies, we use only the best quality materials to provide longevity-long outcomes. We will help you decide and apply the appropriate techniques for waterproofing your home’s requirements.
Alpha Builders also offers services like new roof construction, PU Injection Grouting, roof waterproofing and many more.
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