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The Editor has kindly ask us at Global Design & Build if we would be interested in giving the readers some insight of how we approach many of the task and home improvements our clients ask for and simplify them into a DIY plan.

Well, as over the last few days we have had some considerably heavy rain, and that in turn brings us into a busy time of the year, I thought I'd give the readers some insight into how to repair their own roof, or at least identify where the leaks may be occurring from.

Naturally water will always find the easiest route of fall and so this means that the area you are having the leak come into your property doesn't mean the leak is directly above that area. Water will travel and leak can be displaced.

The first thing to look for a tell tale signs of damage to the roof. Look for broken tiles, especially ridge & coping tiles (these are the tiles on the apex and the roof ends). If you have water valleys these are a prime leak location, with the material used sometimes corroding over the years and the joints forming leaks. Tile displacement from high winds can occur also.

If your roof hasn't been constructed correctly in the first place, chances are that the natural fall on the roof is insufficient and the water isn't running off the roof quickly enough.
This is a major problem in Thailand and the cause of many roof leaks.

Be aware we are not advising you to just climb up onto your roof and start looking for these problems. Firstly, gain access to the roof space inside the house and look for any signs of daylight in and around the problem area of any leaks. This will save time in locating the problem area. If you aren't able to notice any damage from inside the house, you may need to go 'up top'. Safety is your main priority here. There are many factors to be aware of. Make sure the roof is dry, wet roofs are slippery and dangerous. Rubber soled shoes are a must. Watch out for power cables. If you have a steep roof, get a proper roof ladder, and always use safety ropes when on the roof.

There are many different types of roofs, and depending on the type and style, and the finishing tiles used, the process to rectify the leak will differ. So if you have a pitched tiled, roof, or flat concrete roof, so next month we are going to look at how best to resolve the situation on the type of roof you have. In the meantime, if you are having any major issues with roof leaks feel free to contact us on info@pattayaconstruction.com or you can call us on 08 1761 3238.