There are many different and critical considerations that go into proper
roof deck and balcony construction. Unfortunately, not all builders carefully
approach these considerations and instead make time or cost-saving shortcuts
to protect their bottom line.
These shortcuts, however, can have real ramifications for homeowners, especially
if they mean that their roof deck will not be protected from moisture
intrusion. Below, we look at some of the warning signs that your roof
deck or balcony may be suffering for poor craftsmanship.
Rust Coloration on the Surface
Have you noticed orange/brownish spots on the surface of your roof deck
or balcony? This could actually be rust that is coming up from under the
surface of your deck. If underlying nail heads are exposed to water, it
likely means the rest of your roof deck is, as well, and should be inspected
by a professional.
Flashing is the membrane that protects parts of your house's internal
structure from water.
Some flashing, like copper flashing, can also be used to line the exterior
border of your deck that connects it to the rest of the house—if
it is properly secured. If you notice that your exposed flashing is coming
loose and has become discolored, it means it wasn't properly installed
(or is too old) and could be letting water in.
We've written in the blog about ponding before—the occurrence
of water puddles on your balcony or deck after rainfall. Ponding means
that your balcony or roof deck was either not constructed with the proper
slope (or pitch) to allow water to run off of it, or is experiencing dangerous
sag due to internal water intrusion. Either way, it's time to call
Improper Drain Installation
Most roof decks require a drain to help remove any water that collects
during rainfall or cleaning. Improper coating around the drain outlet
can lead to bond loss, rusting, and corrosion. When this happens, not
only can there be leaks, but also cause rusting in the drain's sheet
metal flange.This can create a bulge or hump around the perimeter of the
drain that prevents proper drainage.
If you have noticed any of these signs with your balcony or roof deck,
the time to schedule an inspection is now. At
DeckTech, Inc., our San Luis Obispo deck sealant professionals have been inspecting,
sealing, repairing, and constructing roof decks for more than 25 years.
We're well-versed in the signs of moisture intrusion and are ready
to provide you with reliable and cost-effective solutions.
Don't hesitate to contact a licensed professional to ensure the integrity
your roof deck. Contact us at (805) 250-4498 today.