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Flat Roof Leak Detection in Manchester
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Experienced local roof inspectors who specialise in flat roof leak detection

How Important Is It To Identify Flat Roof Leaks Quickly

Your flat roof is an important part of your building as it protects the structure and your contents from the weather. However, flat roofs have a higher risk of leaking than sloped roofing, and if not dealt with promptly, even a minor leak can become a major problem very quickly. A flat roof leak could allow water into your home from multiple places, this can then cause severe damage to your property and the contents. within. Our leak detection experts will inspect the roof and find the source of any leaks quickly, helping you to avoid expensive repairs or replacements.

Flat roofs can leak due to many factors including, poor installation, inadequate maintenance, or exposure to severe weather. Flat roof leaks are caused by many factors such as cracked flashings, blocked gutters and punctures from fallen objects.

It is important to remember that not every roof leak is obvious, without the specialist tools and experience of an roof leak detection specialist, some leaks may be difficult to identify. Regular professional roof inspections are a good way to ensure that your roof is in good shape and help to detect any potential issues before they have become a major issue.

Our team can provide commercial and residential roof inspection, and leak detection services in Manchester and throughout the Greater Manchester area including Salford, Sale, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Rochdale, Warrington, Wigan, St Helens, Blackburn.

Are you the owner of a flat-roofed building that leaks?

Electronic Flat-Roof Leak Detection Specialists

We are an independent UK flat-roof leak detection company, with expertise in third party leak detection and integrity tests for all types of flat roofs and structural waterproofing membranes.

Our Manchester roof technicians can test any type of flat roof, both residential and commercial, throughout the Greater Manchester area. Using non-destructive flat roof electronic leak detection techniques, such as high voltage dielectric electric integrity testing, low voltage earth leakage testing, differential pressure vacuum testing and drone surveying & thermal imaging, will help them to locate the point of entry quickly and precisely. Leakage surveys and tests can be performed in all weather conditions. After your flat roofing survey is complete, you’ll receive a complete Health and Safety Plan, Risk Assessments and Method Statements which together form an extensive O&M Manual.

Integrity Testing For New Flat, Green And Blue Roofs

All flat roofs that are new have to comply with NHBC Chapter 7.1, Flat Roofs, Terraces, and Balconies, as well as British Standard 6229, 2018 (Flat Roofs With Continuously Supported Flexible Waterproof Coverings, Code of Practice).

It is important to visually inspect and electronically test the waterproofing integrity of roofing membranes before they are overlaid. The membrane should be repaired and retested before any further layers are added, according to NHBC Chapter 7.1.9 (Green Roofs & Propriety Roofs).

Premier Guarantee Structural Warranties take it one step further. Section 7.11.15.2, “Roof Coverings –Green Roofing” section 7.11 requires that the waterproof membrane be tested for integrity prior to any additional components being applied. Testing should be performed only by an outside party that is not involved in the roofing contract.

An inspection of all roof penetrations will be performed and the roof will be surveyed. This will include an evaluation and assessment for any roof penetrations, , terminations, mounts for equipment, roof membrane conditions, parapet wall coping and perimeter flashing.

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We understand that every job is different, and we have the expertise to deal with any type of roof and customer needs. All our roof surveys follow the requirements of all major UK warranty providers as well as British Standards, The Property Care Association, and CIRIA.

For a FREE no-obligation quotation for any of our commercial or residential Manchester roof leak detection services contact us today.

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For Property Protection, Rapid Leak Detection Is Crucial For Many Reasons.

  • Preventing Structural Damage - If not taken care of promptly water leaks can harm your building’s structural integrity. This could cause costly repairs, or worse, your building may collapse. You can preserve the structural integrity of your building and prevent more serious damage by detecting leaks early.
  • Avoiding Mold And Mildew - Mold and mildew can have major health effects on the occupants of your building and can be prevented by sealing any leaks in your roof quickly. By detecting roof leaks early, you can help keep your building safe by stopping the spread of mildew and mould.
  • You Can Reduce Repair Costs - The longer a leak is not fixed the more damage it creates. This will lead to more complicated and costly repairs than if the leak was found earlier. Leakage can be quickly identified and repaired to minimise damage.
  • Saving On Energy Costs - A roof leak can cause draughts and make it harder to keep your building at a comfortable temperature, which can increase your energy costs. If roof leaks can be detected early it could reduce your energy costs.
  • Reducing Insurance Costs - If your building has a history of water damage, your insurance company may charge you higher premiums. By finding and fixing any leaks as soon as possible, you can avoid serious damage and lower your insurance premiums.

Reducing insurance costs: If your building has a history of water damage, your insurance company may charge you higher premiums. By finding and fixing any leaks as soon as possible, you can avoid serious damage and lower your insurance premiums.

Flat Roof Leaks: The Signs To Look For

  • Water stains on the ceiling are one of the most evident indicators of a flat roof leak. These stains may appear as discoloured patches or water droplets and can indicate a leaking roof. To find the source of the problem, a professional roof inspector is required, as water spots on the ceiling could also be caused other problems such as plumbing leaks.
  • Peeling paint or wallpaper is another sign that your flat-roof could be leaking. The wallpaper or paint may start peeling off the walls when water seeps into the attic and through the ceiling. High humidity and condensation could also be the cause of this, to ensure that there are no leaks, it is essential to have a professional roof inspector examine your roof for any leaks.
  • Moldy or musty odour could also be an indication of a leaky flat roof. A leaky roof can promote the growth of mold or mildew and cause a musty odour. This could present a significant health risk, and it must be fixed immediately.
  • Condensation in the roof is another sign that there is a roof leak. When the outside temperature is higher than inside, condensation can build up on the roof’s surface. This indicates a leak. It could also be caused by poor insulation or inadequate ventilation.

Remember that these symptoms can also be caused by other problems, so a professional roof inspection should be carried out to find the exact source of the problem.

For a FREE no-obligation quotation for any of our commercial or residential Manchester roof leak detection services contact us today.

Roof Leak Detection Frequently Asked Questions

Why put gravel on a flat roof?

Gravel and pea shingle have two primary purposes on a flat roof; they provide a 'loading coat' and they afford UV protection. As ballast, the gravel will help anchor the material underneath and lower the risk of it being blown off in high winds.

Does walking on a flat roof damage it?

Flat Roofs A flat roof is less precarious than a pitched one, but you still run the risk of damaging the felt and potentially going through the membrane. You're less likely to cause damage on a warm day, and it's generally advisable to lay boards across it to walk on.

What do roofers use on flat roofs?

The most common ones include EPDM rubber, single-ply (TPO, PVC), modified bitumen, built-up roofs (BUR), and spray polyurethane foam. Many homeowners choose either EPDM or TPO. EPDM roofs are affordable and can reach a lifespan of 30+ years.

What is the most common defect in flat roof?

Leaks. Leaks are an all-too-common occurrence in buildings with flat roofs. This is mostly because flat roofs tend to lose their ability to effectively shed water if not properly maintained. Once moisture is unable to drain from the roof, it's just a matter of time before it finds its way into the building.

Should a flat roof hold any water?

Whilst brief and occasional ponding is acceptable on a flat roof, regular or long-lasting ponding could be an indication that there is an issue with the roof that needs to be addressed.

 

 

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