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If your roof is in need of urgent repair, you have come to the right place. I am not a roofing contractor, but I have just finished replacing the roof on my home when the old one failed. The contractor I called in helped me to assess the condition of my old roof and to choose the right type of material to replace it with. He carried out the work quickly and kept me informed about what he was doing. I have learnt so much from the experience that I wanted to share my new found knowledge with the rest of the world.



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Leaking Strata Roofing: 3 Possible Causes

by Krin Rodriguez

If you live in a strata apartment, damage to the roof can have devastating consequences. If water leaks into your property, it can cause serious damage to your furnishings and belongings. Even if water does not actually enter your apartment, it can create very damp conditions which encourage the growth of mildew and mould. As well as smelling very unpleasant, mildew and mould can also trigger allergies and breathing problems. Moisture can also cause concrete walls to weaken, leading to structural damage. Below is a guide to 3 possible reasons the roof of your building may be leaking.

Incorrect Installation

A leading cause of roofing problems is the incorrect installation of the material. Small errors in lining up the concrete tiles or attaching the asphalt to the surface of the roof structure can allow water to enter the roof space. Over time, the small space in the roof space created by the incorrect installation of roofing materials will grow larger, allowing more water to enter. When planning to invest in a strata property, you should ask the real estate agent to commission an inspection of the roof space to check that it has been properly installed.

DIY Repairs

If you notice that the roof is leaking or that moisture is affecting the walls or ceilings of your property, it is important that you call in a professional strata roofing repair company to assess the damage and carry out any repair work. You should not attempt to carry out any DIY repairs. If you attempt a DIY repair which leads to further problems, you may have a problem when you need to make an insurance claim.

No Maintenance

While roofing materials are designed to be durable and hardy, they are not designed to last forever. The intense heat of the Australian summer and the heavy rains which can occur during the winter create a lot of wear and tear. As time passes, the protective coating on the roofing material can be broken down by UV rays or washed away by rainwater. High winds may also dislodge roof tiles. Periodic maintenance should be carried out to repair any damage and to reapply protective coatings. If you notice that the roof has not had any checks or maintenance work carried out on it for some time, you should raise this issue with the strata management company in writing, as the owners of the strata complex had a legal duty to keep the building in good condition.

If you would like to find out more, you should contact a roofing company today.