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  Leaking flat roof        

A leaking flat roof is a common problem.
You may see damp patches, staining, or flaking paint, on the ceiling below.

You will need to examine the roof to see where the water is coming in.

  Tip you can now buy quite low cost damp testers(see my section on dampness). Use the meter to check you walls for damp and then also a few weeks after you deal with any problems to make sure you've found the cause    

Check for any cracks or tears in the roofing felt, or bitumen. These can be repaired with special roof sealant products. Your local DIY store will stock these. It's often a two part process. First you fill the gaps/ cracks with a thick tar like flexible filler from a tin. Then paint over the whole area in need of attention or indeed the whole roof with a rubberised topcoat.

Ruberboid supply a range of products like these. Checkout::



Check around the edges of the roof. Often there will be some bitumen or lead flashing cemented into the brickwork which deflects rain water away from the joins. Check that this is all intact and seal it if necessary by re-doing the cement or use a roofing sealant to fill any cracks(you'll need a gun applicator)


Lead Flashing is an excellent product used in many roofing/waterproofing applications. It comes in strips on a roll of varying widths.
Lead flashing products are mainly used to provide a waterproof covering to the edeges around flat roofs, down the sides of sloping tiled roofs, parapets and some gutters.
Lead is a very soft metal so it ideal to form around angled and curved surfaces. It doesn't corode like steel and if well installed may well last the life of the building.
Available from Ashbrook roofing.

Flashing between flat roof and brickwork

Check that the brickwork around the roof is sound and the pointing is in good condition.

If there are concrete capping stones check that these are not loose and are well pointed. If you see any moss or plants growing out then they probably need attention. Scrape it all off and check the mortar is sound.

Check pointing on brickwork and coping stones

NB WARNING Working at heights can be dangerous. You must ensure that you use appropriate access equipment. It is your responsibility to ensure your own safety.