You may often forget it’s there or take it for granted, but a building’s roof is one of its most important elements. Without a strong and sturdy roof, our properties wouldn’t be protected against the elements, and rain, snow, wind and sunlight would cause irrevocable damage to our homes and offices.
With this in mind, it’s essential to ensure that you’re clued up on common roofing problems and how to spot them. Here are just three roofing problems to be aware of:
With such unpredictable (and often rainy) British weather, it’s no surprise that leaks are one of the most common roofing problems in the UK. Although they’re built to stand the test of time, constant exposure to the elements, from the hot, drying rays of the sun to drizzle and frost, can eventually take its toll.
Fortunately, leaks are often easy to spot and can, therefore, be repaired quickly and efficiently before they cause too much damage. Look out for discoloured ceilings and a build-up of moisture in your upstairs rooms – signs that your roof may be leaking.
Roof blistering is a common problem that can affect shingles. They look, as most blisters do, like raised bumps under the surface of your roof shingles, and can vary in size and gravity. Blisters are caused when trapped moisture is exposed to sunlight and begins to expand. Roofs with poor ventilation systems are especially vulnerable to blistering, as, without adequate airflow, shingles can get hotter and hotter until they blister.
Unfortunately, if blisters aren’t dealt with, they can leave your roof prone to water damage. Unless you have access to your roof you probably won’t spot them, so make sure to get your roof inspected regularly by a professional.
If rainwater doesn’t drain from your roof properly it can collect and seep through to your building, causing a variety of problems from soaked insulation to water damage in the home. This is a common problem for flat roofs, however even sloped roofs can experience issues with moisture build-up if their drainage systems aren’t functioning properly.
It may not be easy to spot pooling water unless you have access to your roof, but there are some tell-tale signs of internal water damage to look out for. These include discoloured walls and ceilings, pools of water inside the home, a leaking chimney breast and damp in each room.
From blistering to leaking chimney breasts, it’s clear that moisture is one of the largest threats to roofing in the UK. That’s why it’s important to take steps to protect your home from water damage with a waterproof roof coating from Kingdom Coatings, based in Scotland. We can help you protect your home from the elements with protective roof tile coatings designed to keep your roof in full working order. For more information about our range of microporous, water-based membrane coatings, get in touch with the experts at Kingdom Coatings today.