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Waterproofing as Key to the Longevity of Your Structure

August 14, 2016

Waterproofing your roof during a new build while committing to a long-term waterproofing and roof repair schedule will ensure the longevity of your structure. Waterproofing is not only something that has to be an essential component of a new build, but must also be part of a regular maintenance schedule for your roof to be an essential part of what protects your structure against short and long-term damage caused by leaks.

No matter where you live, your home is always vulnerable to the weather and environmental issues in your surrounding area. While as homeowners and home-dwellers we can control the use of water inside our home, we cannot control how water enters our home when uninvited through weather events such as rain storms or snowfall as well as heavy winds that threaten the integrity of our structures to protect ourselves against water and water damage.

Throughout history, and dating back to over 5000 B.C., people took great lengths to protect their homes through waterproofing, a common feature found in the careful craftsmanship of thatched roofing, forever including waterproofing as one of the most important features of roofing installation.

When taking steps to detect a leak in a roof, a professional roofing company will be able to help clients find not only where the leak has caused damage, but also where the initial leak had happened – which aren’t always correlated. Sometimes it’s difficult to find the source of the leaks where they have actually happened, requiring the skills and focused investigation of professionals to help find the source of leaks, and use advanced waterproofing strategies to ensure that leaks do not continue to happen.

The importance of waterproofing can’t be underestimated, as it is what will protect your structure from deteriorating over time. Here are a few reasons why you should ensure that waterproofing takes top priority for your new build and has a permanent place in your regular home maintenance schedule:

Waterproofing can lead to attic and ceiling damage. That brown spot that keeps growing on your ceiling is a large cause for concern and not something to be ignored or taken lightly. When you see evidence of a leak in your ceiling, where your attic is, you may be dealing with a serious roof leak that is threatening the integrity of your structures. When a ceiling structure is weakened, it is not able to adequately support ceiling hangings such as chandeliers and ceiling fans and can become a safety issue. In addition, a weak ceiling can lead to damage in the surrounding walls and the wood and plaster that make up them.

Waterproofing can prevent fire damage. When water is present where it is not supposed to be, especially near electrical wiring or electrical devices, a severe fire issue is present. Electrical fires can be some of the most damaging fires, and in the event of an electrical fire, insurance companies will be sure to consider the extent of waterproofing done on the structure. Waterproofing, especially around areas that could cause a fire hazard, can be one of the most important things in ensuring the safety of your home and those in it.

Waterproofing prevents harmful moulds and mildews from growing. It has been long understood that household moulds and mildews are extremely harmful to health. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that up to 7 million deaths annually are linked to poor air quality. The ability to breathe clean air is one of the most important components of maintaining our physical and mental health. Without the ability to breathe clean air, air that contains moulds and mildews that have been built up over time due to household moisture, we are severely threatening our health. Common outcomes of untreated mould and mildew problems in a home can lead to respiratory issues such as asthma, symptoms experienced by those with severe allergies, nervous-system disorders and in some cases negative mental health outcomes. These health concerns that can be caused by mould and mildew can be 100% preventable with an advanced waterproofing strategy during a new build and on an ongoing maintenance basis.

Waterproofing ensures efficiency of utilities. When your roof hasn’t undergone extensive waterproofing, you are literally throwing money out the door of your home via your heating and cooling bills. When your roof hasn’t been sufficiently waterproofed, your insulation is at risk of being soaked and damaged, essentially making it lose its effectiveness. If your house isn’t properly insulated, or if your roof has any type of leak, your utilities need to work double time in order to ensure your level of comfort in your home.

Waterproofing helps keep your structural integrity. Keeping water out from where it doesn’t belong is one of the best ways to ensure the longevity of your home. If any part of your home’s structure becomes waterlogged, it automatically loses its structural integrity and thus becomes less effective in supporting the integrity of the whole structure. When your roof leaks often, your wood can deteriorate and rot. Similarly, the plaster in your walls weakens along with the insulation designed to keep your heating and cooling efficient. Simply, waterproofing your roof is the single most important thing to keeping your home standing for generations to come.

When you enlist the services of a professional roofing company, whether through a new build, or during a renovation, you are guaranteed to extend the life of your home. Professional roofing companies work to understand their clients and their homes while working to make sure they come up with a waterproofing plan that will:

  • Keep your ceiling and attics free of moisture
  • Ensure your home is free of potential fire hazards
  • Make the air you breathe continuously clean and free of mould and mildew
  • Keep your utility bills down
  • Ensure the structural integrity, and longevity of your home

Waterproofing is the one of the single most important things you can do for your roof and the overall structure of your home. It is essential to protecting the foundation, structure, possessions and most importantly lives that dwell inside a home. Waterproofing is a smart investment for anyone who wants their home and structure to have staying power that will guarantee low maintenance and continued value long into the future.

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