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Roofing: The Truth About Leaks

roof leak in the rainLeaking roofs are an understandable subject of consternation for many UK homeowners, particularly as they can be difficult to spot until they become a more serious problem – to say nothing of how hard it can be to ascertain the cause.

The ELC Roofing Ltd team therefore thought that it would compile an article on the most important things that you need to know about roof leaks.

Do roof leaks necessarily indicate a problem at all?

There is inevitably a spate of roofing leaks reported in local areas whenever especially heavy rainfall strikes, and sure enough, it’s not completely unheard-of for leaks to occur even when there’s nothing strictly wrong with the roof.

Real slates and some old clay tiles, for instance, are not absolutely impermeable. Tiled and slated roofs work on the basis that as long as the pitch at which they are laid is sufficient, most of the water will run off, with the modest amount that the tiles absorb drying out once the rain stops.

It’s also far from impossible for your roof to leak if it simply rains too hard for your gutters to be able to efficiently dispose of the resultant volumes of water.

The problems that could give rise to a roof leak

However, it is also vital to appreciate that a roof leak – especially if it is serious enough for you to actually notice it – certainly can indicate a problem that needs to be swiftly remedied if it is not to eventually pose a more serious threat to the very structural integrity of your roofing.

When it rains, most of the water that falls on a home should be repelled by the roof tiles and slates, and even in the event of strong winds causing water to find its way underneath the tiles, the underlay should carry it away to the guttering. However, if underlay is continually exposed to rain over time, it can eventually rot and ultimately fail, causing a roof leak.

Your roofing’s underlay can come under particular pressure from rain in areas where tiles or slates have slipped, especially given the tendency for pools of water to build up where the tile or slate once was.

The cause of a roof leak isn’t always obvious

However, roof leaks have also been attributed in the past to the likes of damaged roof junctions, lean-to extensions and even condensation. While the latter does not directly damage your roofing, condensation forming on the underside of the tiles or underlay in a badly ventilated roof space can eventually turn into water droplets leaking through your ceiling.

As you can see from the above, roof leaks can happen for all manner of reasons and have all kinds of effects, which is why it is so important to get in touch with a roofing professional – like those of ELC Roofing Ltd – as soon as you spot the telltale signs.

Our seasoned and qualified experts will work closely with you to help identify the exact cause of a roof leak so that the appropriate – and only the appropriate – remedial action can be quickly carried out.

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