What Is Roof Waterproofing and Why You Should Get It Done in 2021!
South Africa gets its share of wet days during the year. Water is essentially the most vital part of our lives. That isn’t the case, however, for your residential or commercial property. It is crucial to consider waterproofing your roof to protect it from heavy storms and rains.
By neglecting your roof and not getting it waterproofed on time, you leave your property open to structural degradation and leaks.
What Is Roof Waterproofing?
Roof waterproofing is a process that involves applying a special coating (Firestone EPDM Rubbergard) to establish an effective watertight seal. Whether you own a commercial or residential property, Waterproof Lab can take care of that for you.
Benefits of Residential & Commercial Roof Waterproofing Services
Moisture can invade your commercial property via its roof. The ultimate damage that appears, as a result, can possibly become widespread. From electrical shorts to rotted wood, the overall costs involved in repairing this damage can get high.
Waterproof Lab protects your property with our professional residential & commercial waterproofing services. The advantages you get from our excellent waterproofing services:
- Extends your roof’s life
- Low risk of future water damage
- Low risk of future roof leaks
- Improves curb appeal
- Increase overall roof performance
- Increase the property’s value
- Much more energy-efficient
- Reduces the frequency of maintenance, repairs, and replacements
Residential Waterproofing Services
From a flat roof to sloped roofs, water can indeed find its path through holes and cracks. Once moisture finds its way into the ceilings or walls due to a leak, the damage has already occurred. Waterproof Lab’s professional residential waterproofing services help prevent water damage to your residential property.
Commercial Waterproofing Services
For commercial buildings that have a low slope or flat roof, waterproofing is vital. These tend to lead to plenty of ponding water, which leads to dramatic degradation effects.
Materials Involved in Roof Waterproofing
Many individuals believe that the tiles and shingles of their property’s roofs are all they require to maintain their ceiling secure from dripping during the season’s first water day.
Depending on the materials & waterproofing products used to construct various roof parts and the roof’s age, tiles may fall off or crack, and shingles may erode, curl, blow off, or rot. This ultimately leaves you with a problem, why is exactly why the underlying used materials are so crucial.
- Base Sheet
The roof’s base sheet is basically the bottom waterproofing layer and consists of reinforced polyester, fiberglass, or sometimes composite reinforcement. The base sheets are the initial layer placed over the roof’s decking board and work to the rafters and roof foundation.
The roof flashing is the modified sheets or metal found around chimneys, vents, valleys, skylights, and on joints on vertical walls. The flashing diverts the water from particular areas where it may accumulate, such as returns, hips, and valleys.
Flashing is usually made of different metal types, including aluminum, galvanized, stainless steel, or copper.
Gutters, like roof flashing, gutters divert the roof’s collected water to a specific area that isn’t in your home. Gutters demand constant maintenance and upkeep to prevent them from getting sagging or clogged. If not correctly positioned during the installation phase, gutters could literally cause the roof to rot by making the water flow back to the roof instead of getting rid of it.
The roof’s underlayment is a unique water-resistant roof material that serves as an additional protection layer from brutal weather. The roofing underlayment arrives in various forms, which all differ for flat and sloping roofs.
- Sloping roof underlayment are made from ninety-pound felt, modified bitumen, or tile cap sheet.
- Flat roofs take advantage of various mechanically-attached fiberglass ply sheets and modified bitumen cap-sheet that can be self-adhered, hot-mopped, or torch-applied, all depending on the used system.
Benefits of Professional Waterproofing in South Africa
Waterproofing your home’s roof is one of the best ways to prevent water from reaching your home’s interior. Apart from protecting your property from devastating water damages, the advantages of waterproofing include:
- Prevent Damage to Roof Structure
Damage to a roof can become extremely dangerous if left alone for too long. Mold formation can break down the support beams with time, leading your roof to collapse in that area.
- Increase A Property’s Value
A property that has been effectively waterproofed to prevent leaks is generally valued at least 20 percent more than others. Protecting your property from musty smells and damaging leaks attracts renters and buyers.
- Water Stains on Ceilings
Imagine walking calmly in your property, looking all around until your eyeballs focus on the ceiling and “wooahhh!”, there are water stains on the ceiling! That’s a horrendous site to have to experience. While not necessarily hazardous, such stains are unattractive and can get extremely difficult to get rid of.
- Prevent Future Health Issues
When you hire somebody to professionally waterproof your property, you help keep harmful diseases and pathogens at bay. The toxic black mold tends to breed in wet areas and spreads, forming a foul odor.
Mold can become a significant health problem, such as:
- Skin allergies
- Allergic rhinitis