Waterproofing a Roof Guide

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Waterproofing Roof Guide

Waterproofing a roof is not something that many homeowners tend to worry about. Surely your roof is already sufficiently waterproof as is? It might start out that way but over the years, your roof might not be able to keep out even the tiniest of leaks. Roofs should have quality roofing maintenance done to them on a regular basis from the time they are installed to avoid issues further down the line.

Waterproofing is something you must always pay attention to, especially if you live in an area which experiences high amounts of humidity and rainfall, as well as strong winds and storms. Roofs need regular inspections and maintenance work throughout the year to prevent or fix any problems, such as a leaking roof, before it gets worse. We advise you to get your roof inspected twice a year and especially after any severe storms.

Roof Designs For Waterproofing

The style and installation of your roof are important for a durable roof and peace of mind. Some roof designs might be more susceptible to leakages. Sloped roofs promote satisfactory drainage as the water can run off the roof, rather than flatter roofs which might allow for water to pool.

Your roof should also allow for water to run off further from your home’s foundations as water seeping in can make them weaker. Correctly-installed and functioning gutters and proper drainage are essential. These factors will increase the lifespan of your roof and keep leaks at bay. Flashing is another important component of a waterproof roof. This is the metal that covers joints or projections in roofs to stop water seeping through the roof.

Water-Repellent Layers

To the average homeowner, a roof might look like a rather simple structure. But your roof is a complex system made up of various layers. These include a waterproofing method which creates a barrier underneath your roof tiles or shingles. It protects your home and its valuable possessions from harmful leaks.

A roofing membrane can be installed on the roof frame and act as extra protection against moisture beneath your roofing material (tiles or shingles are recommended options for effective waterproofing material).

If everything has been installed properly, the roof will keep your home dry and safe throughout the year.

Waterproof Roof Coating (GACO)

Waterproof roof coating (what we call GACO) is used on flat decks and not sloped roofs. This is a good option if your roof has no underlying damage. If it has issues such as holes or cracked flashing, you will first need to get those repaired before you use a surface-level method such as paint. This way of waterproofing is convenient and easy and aesthetically enhances your roof. But you get what you pay for and waterproofing paint should never be used as a temporary solution to a permanent problem. Rather, use it as an additional waterproofing system. Most good quality waterproofing paints also offer UV protection and a built-in membrane, both of which increase the longevity of your roof.

Get a licensed roofer to apply the waterproof roof paint before the rainy season and after any necessary repairs have been made on your roof. Applying the coating is a multifaceted process that involves various stages, each of which needs to be carried out carefully and skillfully.

Waterproofing your roof is something to seriously consider especially given the amount of rainfall we experience in South Florida. A leaky roof can cause permanent damage to your home and your valuable possessions. Waterproofing boosts your roof’s lifespan and overall value, especially when completed by licensed roofers. A licensed roofing contractor will inspect your roof and figure out the most effective waterproofing methods for your situation.

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