What You Need To Know About Waterproofing Shingled Roofs

Constructing a new building or house, or simply making some necessary repairs? Well, don’t forget all the steps you have to take to make sure your property is truly secure and built to last. For all indoor properties, there’s one thing that you surely shouldn’t miss: waterproofing. For those who don’t know, waterproofing is the act of making items or areas more resistant to water. This can be done via a variety of methods, such as applying sealants or protective coatings, using materials to bolster its water-resistant qualities, and using drainage systems to flush out the water.

It should be a given that all homes and spaces should have adequate waterproofing. Without waterproofing, your homes could be in serious danger of water-related issues, such as leaking, moulds and fungi growth, excessive moisture, and even flooding. This also leads to other serious issues that you may encounter, such as damage to furniture and other accessories when the water leaks into the space, and in other cases,  you may even find yourself staring up at cracked or wet ceilings, moist walls, and more. The most severe consequence of failing to adequately waterproof your space is the deterioration of the foundations of the structure. When it gets to this point, even calling a waterproofing specialist may be too little, too late.

Is there any way we can avoid this?

Unfortunately for homeowners, there is no way that they can escape the risk or possibility of water damaging their house. Water can come from the elements, like storms and rain, from moisture in the ground, from leaky pipes and plumbing, and within the home. There is no way that you can escape the dangers of water damage, even indoors, if you do not waterproof.

So, for peace of mind, you should definitely invest in good waterproofing services that will help safeguard your house or building from all possible sources of water. Don’t know what places to waterproof? All areas of your house should be protected, but there are some notable places that need more attention than others. Think of your usual suspects. Bathrooms should be a priority considering that’s where you will find most of your plumbing, as well as kitchens. Basements should also be on the list considering that moisture from aboveground and other sources can accumulate and drip down to your basement, making it damp and moist. Another should be the exterior of your home, since they are your first defence against the rain and other elements.

But by far the most important place that needs to be waterproofed is your roof. This is because, like the other areas of your space’s exterior, they are your first defence against the elements and other harmful sources of water. Roofs that aren’t waterproofed might experience leaking and water dripping into more vulnerable areas of your house. So before that happens, focus on the roof and make sure that you hire a waterproofing contractor that can do roof waterproofing services well.

All about roof waterproofing.


Roofs, as you may very well know, come in all shapes, style, and materials. These roofs can be made of concrete, like you see in most commercial buildings and establishments, or they can be like the outdoor tiled roofing that you see in a few open-air structures. These materials all have different waterproofing methods and structures that you should inquire from the waterproofing company that will provide you with their services.

Waterproofing shingled roofs


For brevity’s sake, let’s focus on the shingled roofing, which is one of the most common types of roofs in residential buildings and houses. Fortunately, there are many ways to waterproof a shingled roof. Roofs with shingles should have a solid waterproof material, such as tar paper, underneath the shingles. Another, more high-tech but expensive option is to use a type of thermoplastic called polyofelin for waterproofing material. You should also look for waterproofing membranes to run off excess water out of your roof. For older roofs, they should have waterproofing over the shingles as well. Use waterproofing compounds or materials that you can apply over the shingles to extend the shingle’s longevity and ability to repel water. There are oil and water-based waterproofing materials that you can apply as a second coating to the shingles and serves to renew its waterproofing properties.

Learn more about how General Waterproofing can help you with all your waterproofing needs. We offer concrete roof waterproofing, basement waterproofing, leak repairs, and other essential services.