September 2019

Waterseal Your Concrete Roof

Flat, concrete roofs are everywhere you look in Scottsdale, Arizona. This beautiful style of architecture has been here for decades.

Although you have chosen concrete for your roof due to its superior material strength, it doesn’t mean that it is not susceptible to damage from the elements.

Waterproofing is one way you can help prolong water damage from occurring earlier than anticipated and will inevitably help your concrete roof last longer. Waterproofing is a great way to protect your roof and your overall investment.

Protect your roof

Concert rooftops are exposed to the hot Arizona sun 24/7, so it’s absolutely necessary to ensure they are properly designed, to include waterproofing. Rooftop leaking can cause other issues throughout the house. Beyond water damage to the inside, water damage can also be found in your insulation, the drywall, the framing, electrical components, lights, and more.

Therefore, all exposed concrete should be protected with a sealer. This is a good time to not scrimp with the money and buy a top sealer.  A good concrete sealer will last around five years before reapplication is required. Resealing should be completed as regularly scheduled maintenance works and prioritized to prevent damage.

Prevent concrete cancer

Concrete cancer is unsightly and devastating to your roof?  Cracking exposes even more of the steel which leads to increased oxidation and further damage to the concrete. The belief that steel rods won’t come in contact with water because they’re surrounded by concrete is simply wrong. It’s important to understand that concrete is porous, and can absorb water. Failure to adequately waterproof can increase the likelihood of concrete cancer. 

How to Locate Roof Leaks

No matter how small a roof leak is, it can cause severe damage to your home if you don’t find the remedy on time. Roof leaks on your house could as a result of rotten decking, missing shingles and flashing and gaps around the chimney and skylights. You need to have a regular professional inspection for your home because it is the best way to prevent roof leaks. A special inspection should also be made after a storm. Here are some tips to help you locate roof leaks on time.

Inspect for damage after a storm

Most roof damages occur during a storm. You should therefore do a thorough inspection of your home and property after a storm passes. Check for shingle granules in the downspouts and gutter and also inspect for any missing shingles.

 Inspect your ceiling.

Water collects on the ceiling in most cases whenever a roof leaks. Monitor for yellow or brown stains on your ceiling which are indicators of roof leak.

Check the attic for water.

Go to the attic when it is still raining and use a flashlight the check for falling water. If you find water falling, mark that point so that you can carry out repairs afterwards.