Published Sunday 24th of November 2013 // Updated Friday 24th of February 2017
Roofs are an essential part to every home, from the more elaborate mansion to the most decrepit shack. However, adequate care is often ignored or forgotten about in the busy day-to-day of our lives. Whether your roof is shingled or tiled, there are a number of important steps to take to protect your home with the least time, money, and effort.
For a home with concrete or cement roof tiles, the process is pretty straightforward. The risk of leakage is fairly high with a tiled roof, as the moisture that leaks into the concrete can seep into your home. Concrete, contrary to what is may look like, is an extremely porous material. As it is a mixture of stone, gravel, and water with binding cement, concrete is full of tiny air bubbles that are a natural by-product of the mixing of concrete.
These air bubbles are typically too small to even see with the human eye, though we can see the small pores of the surface of the concrete that lead to the air bubbles inside. Water, whether from rain or snow melt, can leak into the concrete through the surface pores, traveling through pathways until they fill up the air bubbles throughout the material. Once these air pockets are all full of water from the gradual leakage, the concrete will be saturated with water: there will be nowhere else for the water to go except into your home.
Once that water has entered your home through the roof, your ceilings, walls, floors, and various personal belongings will suffer water damage. Water in your home would likely be ruinous to the structural integrity of your house, as well as the various physical possessions you own.
Fortunately, it is easy to protect your concrete roof tiles thereby protecting your home from water damage. It is necessary to apply a quality concrete sealer to your roof in order to prevent water leakage. Siloxa-Tek 8500 is a great options to protect your roof. It is a penetrating concrete sealer that will enter the concrete through surface pores before filling in the air bubbles and impregnating the pores. Penetrating concrete sealers like these are an inexpensive and straightforward way to prevent future damage to your home, all while helping to prevent mold, mildew, efflorescence, and other problems that can threaten a houses integrity.