A common misconception most homeowners have with roof leaks is that they will automatically point the finger at the gutters. And that’s fair enough, the water management system of your roof revolves around the gutters & downpipes, so you can’t be blamed for putting the two and two together.

However, there’s been a handful of times where our team have come and replaced the gutters with brand new ones, following the client’s requests, and when the next downpour of rain comes -- the roof is still leaking!

Sure, while there are times when your leaking roof is directly caused by your gutter. For more information on gutters & downpipes repairs click here.

From my personal experience directing Roof Repairs Perth WA, the majority of the time these leaks are actually coming from ridge cap issues & moss-lichen growth on the roof. Water will usually find its way through cracks in the bedding or the pointing of the ridge caps and this is more than likely what is causing your roof leaking issue. Either that our moss-lichen, or mould, growth also absorbs water into your roof and overtime can cause some serious issues. Apart from that, these fungi can actually crack your roof tiles over time. For more information on ridge caps repairs please click here.

Another misconception is that people assume having a tin or metal roof automatically makes them immune to roof leaks.. This is a big fat myth! Sure you can argue metal roofs do a better job overall, but they still leak too. For more information on metal roofing please click here.

Roof Leak Repair

Whether you have a small or big home, no one wants their roof to leak. No homeowner wants to go running for a drip bucket whenever it rains. This is why it’s essential to get the service of roof repair experts for detecting and resolving roof leak issues.

It’s annoying to always stay on the weather forecast because you’re afraid of downpours that may affect the roof and ceiling of your house. Also, leaking roof repair is an investment in time and money.

A leak detection service can be carried out to find the cause of the dreaded brown spot on your ceiling. If water breaks through your ceiling and you start running around to find a bucket to catch water, you need to find the leak better sooner than later.

You may not understand the kind of damage your leaking roof is doing to your home. The more time you leave the leak unattended, the more mould can build up which may even cause harm to you and your family. Therefore, roof plumbing experts are necessary to quickly and professionally resolve your leaking issue. This article will provide you with the right information you want concerning roof leaks, roof repair and roof restoration.

Causes of Roof Leak

1. Issues with the Ridge Cap
From our experience, ridge caps are the most common reason for roof leaks. The ridge vent is the metal capping that sits across the roofline on many homes. The ridge cap permits the hot air from the house attic to escape. This allows the cooler air from outside to enter into the attic area by the intake ventilation.

This air circulation ensures that your attic is always dry and free from moisture. Additionally, it prevents the rotting of roof decking and damaging your insulation. It also reduces the cost of your air condition bill during the summer. Therefore, the ridge cap is one of the common causes of roof leaks.

Since the shingles are covering the interior part of the roof where the fasteners of the ridge vent are placed, most times, these fasteners are secured properly. Sometimes, a blast of wind can sweep the ridge cap and lift it from the surface of the roof. If this issue is not addressed quickly, storms and rain can cause major roof leaks along the ridge vent. To avoid water damage on your properties, consult a roofing company to find a solution to the problem.

2. Flashing Damage
Flashing are tiny pieces of metal that are installed under shingles and on the joints of your roof so as to create a water-resistant barrier that can be exposed or concealed. If concealed, they will have a rubberized coating overtop. However, if exposed, they will look like runs of sheet metal. As such, damage to your flashing can also be a cause of your roof leak.

3. Broken Shingles
A broken shingle is easy to spot. Since shingles are the external layer of a roof, you should be able to easily notice missing shingles. As a homeowner, you can see this by checking different coloured patches on the roof of your building. On the other hand, you may find shingles littering your backyard after bad weather conditions.

4. Ice Dam Build-up
Although not as common in Perth, an ice dam build-up is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of the roof and stops moisture from draining off the roof. The weight of the ice may destroy the roof and can cause destruction to your properties. Whether you have a metal roof or your roof tile has an issue, consult the services of a professional for roof leak detection and roof leak repairs.

5. Clogged Gutters
You may see leaves coming out of your gutter when you look up onto your roof. However, if not, you may notice the lack of water coming down through a particular spot during a rainstorm. A clogged gutter can cause a roof leak and you will need the service of a professional roof expert for your roof restoration. For more information on gutters and downpipes please click here.

6. Cracked Chimney
Most of the time, you may look for signs of wear and tear beside the mud cap or mortared area, which is located on top of the chimney. As a homeowner, you can also search for any holes in the mortared joints where the chimney connects with the roof.

7. Improperly Installed Skylights
Leaks from this kind of problem should be super easy to spot. If you find yourself noticing wet spots or consistently needing to place drip buckets around the sides of your skylights, you’ve most likely found the cause. However, leaks and wet spots near the top of the skylight can also be a flashing issue instead.

As such, to resolve your leaking roof issue it is always ideal to consult a roof professional for leak detection and prevention of water damage.

The Advantages of Hiring an Expert for your Roof Leak Repairs

The roof is one of the most essential parts of every home. However, it’s often neglected by homeowners. Small cracks and leaks on the roof tile or roof vent are ignored. Also, most people do not carry out roof maintenance and neglect leak detection of their roof. Therefore, if you decide to give your leaky roof some attention, you can consider reaching out to a team of roofing experts for all your roof leak repair issues.

Access to High-Quality Materials

One of the major benefits of hiring a roofing expert for your roof repair or roof replacement is that they have access to high-quality materials. The usage of effective and quality materials will ensure that your roofing last for a long time without any water leak.

While there are roofing materials that are available at DIY Stores, they may not be the best materials to use for your home. Also, if you can gain access to quality materials and access to an experienced roofing company, you will definitely get access to premium work.

Whether you want to use asphalt shingles, metal roofing or quality tile roof for your house roof, consult a roofing expert who will get the job done.

Cost-Effective Roof Repairs

Although, it may initially seem like a cost-effective process by hiring amateurs, or even DIY, your roof leak repair. However, you may end up paying more in the long run. Professionals can save you money because repairs are done with effectiveness and you reduce the risk of getting a complete roof replacement.

Repairing a small leak will ensure that only defective parts are repaired or replaced. When you notice a small leak on any part of your roof, the best thing to do is call a roof repair specialist to find a solution to the problem before it turns into a serious issue.

Protecting Your Home

Water can damage your personal items, ceiling, plaster and woodwork. But when you get the service of a roofing expert to fix the water leak, the problem will be solved immediately.


Food for Thought

As I was writing this post up, my marketing guy (who's a young milennial type) sent me over this image. He told me that it had been making the runs around Twitter, or getting viral as the kids call it nowadays. And even he could see the obvious issues with this 'repair' job.

As much as we can applaud this man's DIY attempt at resolving his leaking roof issue, there are some major issues with his 'repair'.

Can you spot them?

Well, without boring you all too much, I can firstly presume that this young lad is based in America/Canada, just from the roof material itself. Asphalt shingle roofs are extremely common in North America. The main issue is his lack of professional touching up around the chimney. The shingles have just been folded onto the chimney (without any metal flashing) and sure, while this might resolve the issue temporarily -- this is only delaying the inevitable and that chimney is just going to continue providing serious leaking issues overtime. In fact, saving a few dollars now could potentially lead to a lot more dollars later on.

Some food for thought..

Have a leaking roof? Want to make sure it’s properly taken care of? My team and I will be at the ready to hear your roofing issues, come down and give it a proper detailed inspection, and finally give you our two cents on the issue (coming from our 20+ years of experience). We’ll make sure you get the best bang for your buck but also more importantly - the job gets done right, the first time.

Take Quick Action by Getting the Services of a Roof Repair Company

Roof Repairs Perth WA offer long-lasting solutions to your leaky roof issues. This will ensure your properties are protected against water. Additionally, we also offer roof replacement and roof plumbing services.

We have many years of experience in roof leak repair and roof replacement industry. Roof Repairs Perth WA will offer a comprehensive check of your roof and we will offer you the best quote. Give us a call today and let’s get started with your leak roof repair.

Roof Repairs Perth WA. Whatever it takes.


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