Most homeowners realize that leaking roof deck is trouble. Moisture intrusion
can cause internal damage and rot within the deck itself, slowly eating
away at its integrity and beauty.
Often, however, this is not a worst case scenario: because so many roof
decks are situated above the walls and ceiling of a residence, roof deck
moisture intrusion that can cause critical and costly structure leaks
a house or apartment. Below, let's look at some of the most common
signs of a structure leak and how to prevent them.
Discoloration & Stains
One of the most obvious signs that your roof deck may have introduced a
structure leak into your home is water stains or discoloration on your walls or ceiling.
These mean the inside of the wall has been exposed to water and that interior
structure of the wall may be suffering from rot or mold.
Peeling & Blistering Paint
Sometimes stains won't appear with structure leaks, but the moisture
intrusion will have an effect on the paint. Not all peeling and blistering
are due to water leaks (especially in SoCal where dry summer heat is harsh
on some paint jobs), but this effect should be taken seriously if it occurs
on a wall or ceiling below a roof deck.
Have you started to notice a new musty smell in the room below your roof
deck? That smell could be mold that has grown due to moisture intrusion
in your walls or ceiling. Other times, it isn't just a smell that
will tip homeowners off—they will actually be able to see the mold
growing in their home.
"What Can I Do?"
The best way to prevent structure leak below a roof deck is to ensure that
that deck is properly constructed and sealed, especially for the fall
and winter arrive and we start to get more rain. At
DeckTech, Inc., our professional and licensed San Luis Obispo roof contractors have more
than 25 years of experience with sealing roof decks and ensuring their
structural and waterproof integrity for years to come.
Don't face the rainy season without having your roof deck properly
inspected. Call our DeckTech, Inc. team at 805.250.4498 today.