When the heatwave hit in the Summer, we’d forgotten what rain felt like. Now back with a vengeance, we’re reminded exactly what wet and windy weather feels like. Unfortunately, for some homeowners, it can highlight areas of their roofing which need repairs, thanks to leaks or moisture entering their property. For others, it’s a reminder of how important it is to think about how to protect your roof and home from the harsh elements we face throughout the year.
Here are some of the best ways you can waterproof your roof.
Liquid Roofing Solutions
Our best recommendation for anyone looking to safeguard their property against issues caused by water and moisture build-up is liquid roofing. This fluid-based polymer can be applied to an array of other materials such as metal, asphalt, bitumen, concrete and felt, ensuring they’re as watertight as possible. The cold fluid application sets to create a rubbery consistency, forming a waterproof membrane across your roof. The benefit of it starting as a liquid is that wraps completely around joints, seams and fixtures while its rubber-like structure allows it to stretch without getting damaged. Choose liquid roofing for pitched roofs, flat roofs, domestic and commercial roofs to maintain their condition for longer.
Spotting Waterproofing Issues
A well protected and insulated roof can stop water from entering your property. However, there are some common issues you can spot which may indicate you need work completed to ensure your roof is as watertight as it can be. This includes deterioration to your lead flashing around areas such as your chimney where moisture can easily enter your property. If you have concrete gutters, a lead lining can also offer extra protection. Missing or loose tiles and shingle are other issues to look out for.
Liquid Roofing Alternatives
A popular alternative to liquid roofing is RubberBond roofing which also applies a long-lasting membrane to roofs. If selecting a high quality product such as RubberBond FleeceBack™ EPDM, you’ll find it’s twice as strong as standard rubber roofing materials, enhancing the waterproofing benefits. Other types of roofing that are pretty watertight including lead and GRP fibreglass.
We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again. Early detection of roofing issues is the key to ensuring minor repairs don’t become costly nightmares later on. If you want to make sure your roof remains as waterproof as possible, schedule regular inspections with a reliable roofer in your local area. They can detect issues before they happen and let you know about any repairs you need. They’ll also check every part of your roofline for areas which have become vulnerable to water damage, including your guttering and downpipes.
Looking for Waterproofing Solutions for Your Roof?
Here at South Thames Roofing, our experienced team can give you advice about a wide range of roofing solutions. Perhaps you’re not sure what waterproofing your existing roof has, or you’re experiencing some leaks. Our roofers will talk you through your options and provide in-depth inspections to identify how you can make your roof more watertight. We cover South London and Surrey, including Clapham, Staines, Knightsbridge and Hinchley Wood. Get in touch now on 0208 397 2900 to discuss your needs.