Roofer Catalina Foothills
Roof leaks can be traumatic and that is why many Catalina Foothills homeowners fear roof leaks. Leaks arrive in many shapes and sizes and any good Tucson roofing company that specializes in emergency repairs on flat roofs will know exactly how to find the roof leaks when they happen. When your roof leaks, call professional roof coating specialist for your emergency roof repairs so you can quickly find the leak and get it stopped. If you live in the Catalina Foothills area and own a rubberized coated roof (white or tan coating), then below are the most common areas where you might find leaks.
Scuppers Are The Biggest Leakers
Scuppers are the drains that lead the water off of the roof. They are the cause of nearly 95% of all roof leaks in Santa Fe style homes. Due to the expansion and contraction of materials in the hot and cool temperature swings in the Catalina Foothills area, the materials around the scuppers expand and contract at different rates. This can lead to the rubberized coatings to crack which can lead to water in your home near the ceiling where the ceiling and wall meet. When water flows over the cracked area it captures water and sends it directly into the walls of the house. Any good Tucson roof coating contractor will know how to find these cracks around the scuppers.
Scupper backflow is another challenge for coated roofs. Roof coating is applied into the scupper about 1-3 inches into the drain. This coating can release from the scupper and when water flows over this area, water can sometimes flow backwards under the coating and slide down the inside wall or onto your ceiling. This seems impossible because the water will flow backwards and upwards but trust us, it happens! The best roof coating specialists will understand this problem and check for backflowing scuppers.
Typical Areas That Leak On Flat Roofs
Other than the scuppers, there are a few other areas to check for leaks. Wherever there is a corner, a transition to a different part of the roof or a different type of roof, there can be cracks that can leak. These cracks appear due to the movement of materials. A tiny pinhole crack can cause significant damage inside your home. Some other area to check cracks around or under A/C jackstands, near skylights, areas where the roof paper rolls up, and along edges. These areas should be checked thoroughly for cracks and tears.
How To Repair Flat Roof Leaks When It Rains
When a roof coating specialist comes out to do an emergency repair on a coated roof during the rain, they will use an oil based product that will repel water. This black nasty material is placed in an around the cracked area. The wet patch material is usually spread thin enough that it doesn’t dam up the water behind the patch. They will often use a plastic mesh if the hole being patched is large. These emergency patches do not last forever, but usually only a year. It is always best to coat over them with an appropriate roof coating after a few weeks so that they will not dry out and crack and reopen the hole into the roof.
While every roof is different, especially in the Catalina Foothills area where the houses are often uniquely built, the areas mention are the usual culprits for leaks. Emergency repairs on flat roofs can be accomplished during dry weather and wet weather but we highly recommend they be worked on by a Tucson roofing contractor with experience repairing such cracks. If you live in the Catalina Foothills area and need your roof repaired, give Desert Sky Roofing a call. We will never sell you something you don’t need and we are willing to come out during inclement weather and fix your leaky roof. Call us today: