Roof Waterproofing – What You Need to Know About It

Roof Waterproofing - What You Need to Know About It

Roof waterproofing is really just the first layer of extra protection built onto your roof, which ensures that any water which starts leaking onto your roof stays on the roof and does not start causing the supporting beams or walls to rot. There are numerous causes for roof leaks, however with the lack of roof waterproofing in Dubai is the top part of this list. Here we take a look at some of the more common causes and some simple roof repair solutions you can implement straight away to stop the water damage before it gets worse.

Most flat roofs will start to leak when they age, the main culprit being the flat combo roof waterproofing materials used during their construction. A great example of this is tin ceiling tiles which are usually made from a very brittle material (tin is a silicate mineral), so even though they are meant to be highly durable they will usually start to break down after a few years. Another key example of this can be found with composite roof tiles which unfortunately do not have the same strength as timber. Over time they will start to flake and crumble, leading to water penetration into the roof.

The next biggest cause for roof leakages can often be down to a mixture of factors, such as poor installation, a lack of maintenance and poor quality materials. This can result in the wrong kind of protection being applied, resulting in water penetrating the roof and then leaking onto other parts of the building. One of the main culprits in commercial roofing construction is a lack of sealing of the roof panels, this is because this is typically the part of the roof that gets wet, and without the sealant there will be the risk of dampening and warping developing. Another problem areas can be a poor finish on the roof, either a weak joint or a flaking surface that allows water to get underneath the roof.

Flat roofs are often considered as a cheaper option, however if your flat roof is not waterproofed properly you could find that water damage develops over time. As the name would suggest, a flat roof is a roof which is completely flat, and although it may have multiple levels there is the chance that rain can leak through onto the flat at some point. If the flat roof is not waterproofed, then it’s possible that water damage can develop, this can cause a lot of damage to the structure of the building and can make it uninhabitable. A major problem that can develop if flat roofing is not waterproofed is what is known as ‘slip pressure’. This is where water builds up behind the flat roof, and as it builds up, the roof becomes weaker and more susceptible to leaking.