Most homeowners realize that a 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.
Here are 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.
- Musty smells. 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 You Can Do to Prevent Roof Deck Leaks
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 30 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
Call our DeckTech, Inc. team at 805.250.4498 today.