Roof punctures can be due to any reason, but they are most likely to happen during the onset of spring or summer when roof activity becomes more common. Activities like personal maintenance, repair, or tenants out playing on the rooftop also present new dangers, especially when it comes to accidental roof punctures. Here are some tips on punctures and how to prevent them.
What is a roof punctures?
Simply put a roof puncture creates a hole in the roofing material through a combination of weight and sharp pressure. However, small or big punctures are particularly dangerous. Dangerous, because they are easier to miss. A puncture can pierce protective felt and membranes, allowing moisture to leak into the roof to cause more damage.
The punctures may happen without any warning signs, but a roof is most at risk when the underlayments are exposed. Flat roofs are more at risk than a slanted roof, because of uneven weight displacement.
Primary causes of roof punctures
The number one cause of roof puncture is people. The lead cause is often, careless behavior especially when it comes to technicians working on your home. Very often, roofers may cause accidental punctures with their tools. Unprofessional workers can also damage the roof. Sometimes, repair professionals, painters, skylight cleaners and even smokers who walk out on the roof can damage it.
One of the main reasons for roof punctures is debris that falls on the roof during storms with strong winds. Branches or junk may hit against a roof and create punctures. These holes occur during heavy rainfall and immediately create serious leaks.
It is better to select repair and cleaning experts who have experience working on a roof. Always be sure to hire businesses with a good reputation and experience. Thus you can minimize the chances of punctures. You should avoid going up on the roof unless absolutely necessary. Be careful if you have to take heavy objects that are one of the prime reasons for punctures.
In the case of a flat roof, you can help prevent future punctures by considering choosing boards designed to resist puncturing specifically. It is a good idea to add walkways and sections for people to walk on for regular roof maintenance.