Why Does My Roof Leak Keep Returning?

Whether you’re a homeowner or the manager of a commercial property, it’s hard to think of anything more annoying than a leaky roof. If the constant drip or growing damp patch wasn’t enough, there’s the uncertainty and worry about the damage it could be doing to your property.

That’s why it’s such a relief to get your roof repaired. Unfortunately, not all repairs last. You may well find that the leak comes back with a vengeance. In this post, we’ll discuss potential reasons for why your roof leak keeps returning, and how to stop it for good.

Leak after leak – but why?

From a tiny bit of water ingress to a steady drip through your ceiling, leaks are a sign that your roof isn’t working. That can be hard to take if you’ve forked out for repairs just a matter of weeks or months ago.

The good news is: there’s a simple diagnosis for the leak returning. The bad news? It’s because the repairs weren’t up to scratch.

Faulty repairs

In many cases, a leak will return when your roofer hasn’t fixed the problem. Whatever they have done, it hasn’t worked – and the water is still coming in. This is often the case if your leak returns the next time it rains heavily, or within a matter of weeks.

Patching things up

Alternatively, the repairs might have patched things up. However, your roofer has failed to identify and tackle the root cause.

As an example, a few tiles might have slipped out of place. Your roofer will have fixed the immediate issue. But they still haven’t recognised that other tiles are likely to come loose over time due to the underlying cause – most likely rotten battens or worn nails.

If this is the case, your leak could return within a few weeks or months.

How to stop leaks returning

Leaks that keep coming back are a sign of poor workmanship. The only way to stop the cycle of repairs and leaks is to get a better roofer to look at the problem, identify the root cause and fix it with long-lasting repairs.

The truth is, shoddy roofers will happily keep coming back to patch things up and charge you for it. That could be down to a lack of know-how when it comes to roofs. Or even worse, they’re intentionally letting the problem come back to keep you paying out.

Time to call the experts

At DPR Roofing, we’ve worked on a number of jobs where customers have become tired of forking out for short-term repairs, only to see leaks return.

Whether it’s a small home or a large commercial property, we’ll always perform a thorough inspection of your roof to determine exactly what is wrong with it, before recommending the best course of action. Most importantly, we’ll be up-front and honest if your roof needs replacing to stop leaks coming back for good.

Ready to put a stop to the constant cycle of leaks and repairs? Get in touch with our team today on 01977 220016 to arrange a no obligation quote.