If you have a deteriorating roof, you are leaving yourself open to significant water damage during winter. A roof restoration places a membrane seal across the roof to reduce the likelihood of leaks.
Roof Leaks: Troubleshooting & Repairs
Most roof leaks are hard to find because they originate away from where they show up. In order to find the source of a leak, follow a roofer’s advice and “think like water.” Water typically comes in through worn, broken, or missing tiles, unstable or cracked bedding or pointing, or rust/nail holes in tin; where nails have worked loose; or through corroded or poorly sealed flashings around vents, skylights, or chimneys or along the intersections of roof planes. These are all repaired through a roof restoration. Once water passes the roofing, it flows along the sheathing, roof rafters, or topside of ceilings until it finds a place to drip down inevitably onto your favorite piece of furniture.
Look for a roof leak during the day. Go into the roof with a bright, portable light; step only on secure framing members, never on the insulation or topside of the ceiling below, which will not support you. Start above the place where drips occurred, and work your way up roof.
Look for wetness along the framing members. Or, if the weather has been dry for a while, look for water marks, stains, or discolorations on the wood made by dampness. Then switch off the light and try to find a hole where daylight shows through the roof. If it’s still raining, put a bucket under the leak in an area that is properly supported.