This is one of the most common questions we get asked as experienced roofers, how can I find leaks in my roof, and what areas are most prone to leak. Well in general it is where there are two surface areas which meet one another. The most susceptible areas are roof lights, sky lights, vent tiles, dormas and probably the most prone to leaks is around the chimney area. This largely due to the amount of ways water can leak through. Loose chimney flashing is often a cause for issues as well as pointing eroding over time and becoming weak and non-waterproof.
We all used to have a pair of binoculars as children but as adults they can be extremely useful for checking damage and leaking areas to your roof. This is by far the safest way to have a look at any external issues your roof may have.
The areas to look out for include:
Ridge tiles: these are the tiles that run across the top or down the sides of where two sides of your roof meet. Check to see if there is any cracks or missing mortar between the tiles. Not only will this allow water to get through it can also be a hazard if these tiles are not secured down properly especially when there are strong winds.
Roof tiles: A slipped or broken tile is probably the easiest thing to notice especially if it away from the sides of the roof. We generally advise people to check every 6 months or after strong winds and bad weather to see if any damage has occurred.
Lead work: Is easy to spot on your roof, it’s the shiny sliver/grey material you often see at around the base of your chimney. Ensure there is no cracks and the lead has not come away from the tiles of surface it was originally attached to.
Guttering: This one is often not so easy to check. Especially seeing if there is anything blocking your water flow. Some of the tell-tale signs is if there is a drip at a particular part of the gutter, this can often result to black mold forming at the leak and can sometimes be visible on the outside of the gutter.
Internal inspections can be easier dependant on how your roof is constructed and how much access you have to your attic. We would suggest to go up there with a flash light and try to dig out some evidence. Common things would include wet patches, check and feel timber beams to ensure they are dry, dark mold patches, even a damp smell can be a sign of water leak issues.
It is also wise to check for light beams coming through your felt whilst you are up there. This will indicate there is damage which will need immediate attention.
If you are concerned at the health of your roof and would like a professional roofer to inspect and provide you with a free quote we would love to help. We are the leading roofers in Coventry who provide high quality service at an extremely competitive price. Contact Coventry Roofers today.