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Reasons Why You Experience Winter Roof Leaks

Roof leaks are among the most dreadful things to experience during the cold winter season. Some of these leaks only happen in the winter and are gone as the dry season arrives, but other leaks can cause tremendous damage to your roofing system if not taken care of.

What are the most common reasons why roof leaks happen?

Faulty roof seams

Most roofing problems start with the roof seams, especially in cases of bad workmanship. The seams are vulnerable to water infiltration. The winter will eventually leak your roof if the seams between panels are already faulty. Days after a heavy snowfall is when bad seams are very noticeable. As the temperature rises, the snow melted snow infiltrates to the bad seam and eventually leaks.

Clogged Gutters

The purpose of your rain gutters is to move water away from your home, if your gutters are clogged with leaves, dirt or other debris it’s time to clean them out immediately. When water is allowed to stay in them for too long, it can lead to rust. This can damage your roof and lead to costly, hazardous leaks.

Clogged gutters can also encourage water to sit on top of your roof for too long causing water to drip from your ceiling.

Ice dams

Ice dams usually form at the edge of the ridged roof and are among the most common causes of winter roof leaks. It traps the melted snow water into your roof. As it happens, the water will enter any small hole into your roof and then enter the building.

Vulnerable flashings

Even if your flashing works securely with rain, it might work differently with the winter weather. The blowing snow can move in different directions and can enter the flashing. When the snow melts, you can experience a winter roof leak even if you have a new and well-built roofing system.

Fractured roof membrane

Your flat roof membrane can keep the water out during the rainy season. But as the winter comes, your roof membrane becomes vulnerable to cracks and leaks because of the weather’s freeze-thaw cycle.

More than any other parts of your home, your flat roofing system receives a lot of stress during the winter. Make sure to prepare your home from the harsh winter weather by performing repairs as soon as you discover leaks and other problems on your roof. If you need professional help in making sure that your roofing is safe and protected before the cold season arrives, feel free to contact us at Severnside Roofing. We will help you secure your roof by identifying and fixing the problems right away.

4 Tips to Make Your Roof More Valuable

Admit it or not, the only time most of us think about the condition of our roof is when we experience terrible weather, and our ceiling starts to leak. However, now is the time that you should be aware of and be interested in the value of your roof. Aside from protecting your home and loved ones, a high-quality and sturdy roof adds massive value to your home and can even increase its resale value if well taken care of. But how can you enhance the value of your roof? Here are four helpful tips that you can consider.

Keep it properly ventilated

Aside from keeping the rain, snow, and other harmful elements from entering our home, another essential function of a pitched roofing system is to create a space so that the hot air rising from the inside doesn’t get trapped under the rafters, which will damage our roof deck eventually. If there isn’t enough ventilation on your attic, the moisture can build up and will cause damage sooner than you expected. To get rid of this problem, make sure to keep your roofing system adequately ventilated with the help of professional roofing contractors.

Check your soffits and fascia regularly

Often ignored components of a home roofing system, but soffits and fascia play a vital role in protecting our home against harmful elements. If installed and maintained correctly, it also contributes to our home’s overall appearance. Soffits and fascia always work hand-in-hand together. A soffit board covers the ends of the rafters, while fascia, on the other hand, protects the space under the eaves. Not only that, but these two components also keep birds and vermin from getting inside your attic. You would know that your roofing system is not in good shape and is exposed to risks if your soffits and fascia are showing signs of abrasion. If you want to increase your roofing system’s value, to repair and replace these components is essential.

Watch out for your roof’s warranty expiration

Although not always necessary, replacing your roof before the warranty expires is a good move if you want to enhance its value. However, in some cases, especially those roofs that are exposed to hailstorms or falling branches, they maybe need to replaced sooner. If your roof’s warranty is near its end and you want to know if a replacement is needed or not, contacting your trusted professional roofers would be advantageous. These professionals will inspect and determine if you need to invest in new roofing right away.

Install Skylights

Not having enough natural light is a common problem for many homeowners. Natural light is essential, and its absence inside your home can make occupants feel dark and gloomy even in the middle of the summer season. By installing skylights, dark rooms, and other areas of your home can brighten up. Skylights also increase the value of your home. A worthy investment if you are planning to sell it in the future.

September 2020 Projects

Have you ever considered turning your flat roof into a pitched roof? 🤔 While it might sound like an intensely complicated process, an immaculate end product can be achieved more easily than you may think!

A flat roof can be converted to a pitched roof using the (relatively!) simple technique of a trussed roof with two angled planes. Additional valleys, angles, and gables can also be built into such converted structures as well, creating an altogether different aesthetic! 👌

Overboarding is the process of fitting a new sterling board on top of an existing roof deck, in order to completely renovate the appearance of the roof and improve the overall aesthetics 👌 The key benefit of overboading, rather than re-roofing entirely, is that it puts much less stress on the roof rafters. This stress is usually caused by the process of stripping a flat roof and can often result in cracks to the ceilings and coverings that may sit underneath. As overboarding doesn’t require this invasive ‘stripping’ process, works can be completed with much less impact on your existing roof structure.

July 2020 Projects

Check out the second part of our ‘warm roof’ installation on a block of flats in Wellington, Telford 😁 Above the top floor flats we supplied two layers of 18mm OSB ply boards with 100mm of high-quality insulation in-between, topped with a Firestone rubber cover 👍 The rubber cover we installed came all in one piece and we’re immensely proud to say that there wasn’t a crease in the rubber in sight upon completion 😎 We also crafted a brand new bespoke outlet formed into the height of the raised roof and affixed new roof lighting to the structure.

Finished picture of a rear evaluation re-roof, all passed by building control! Supply and fit of 2 new Velux Windows to replace old. Nice before and after comparison when looking at next doors!

August 2020 Projects

The lockdown period has heralded the busiest time ever for us on flat roof repairs and installations, which looks set to only continue! 🤓 Here, at this property in Saint Michael’s Close, Madeley, we installed a brand new EPDM flat roof over a window bay. EPDM is a type of rubber roofing that is an excellent alternative to asphalt or felt as it is extremely long-lasting and can withstand a host of adverse weather conditions 🌨️ We recommend EPDM rubber for use on summer houses, window bays, porch roofs and garage roofs 👍