07 Mar Common reasons for a leaky roof with wind-driven rain
Many people have no idea that their roof is not watertight until a storm hits and wind-driven rain leads to damp spots on the ceiling or that dreaded ‘drip, drip, drip’ on the floor.
If you have landed on this article because you have noticed a leak after a storm or even after just a windy and rainy day, here are the most common reasons for a leaky roof with wind-driven rain to help you diagnose your problem and get it fixed as soon as possible.
Cracks in roof tiles need not be huge to cause a significant leak. Hairline cracks in tiles or ‘splits’ as they are sometimes called cause leaks too. Wind-driven rain will batter your roof and water will escape through any cracks, no matter how small they are.
The trouble is, it is difficult to find the cracked tile without putting up a ladder and having a good look. The good news is replacing a cracked tile is a twenty minute job in most cases.
Degraded lead valley
Lead work degrades over time and particularly so on the roof valley. The valley bridges the gap between two sections of a roof. The valley is prone to leaking during heavy rain and where the valley is found to be the culprit of a leak, it will need to be repaired or replaced.
Ideally, you should replace the existing lead with new lead or install a new GRP fibreglass valley as these last for longer. However repair work is possible on this section of the roof but the labour is fairly extensive, as you may have to remove roof tiles to get to the valley.
Clogged gutters are a common cause of leaks because they overflow and soak the walls below. Water can penetrate a wall over a period of time and cause water ingress.
The good news is clearing a clogged gutter is simply a case of hitching up a ladder and getting your hands dirty. If you are not used to working at height though you should call in a roofer. A roofer will charge you little to clear a gutter and they will be able to spot any other problems or potential problems with your roof while they are up there.
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If you have recently found a leak after wind-driven rain and you are in the Leeds area, we would be happy to pay you a visit and provide you with a free repair quote. Give our friendly team a call today on 0113 293 4038 to find out more.