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Cold, harsh weather leaves roofs vulnerable to leaks

The cold, wet and windy weather we’ve been experiencing lately in Melbourne is making life a little tough for most of us, but you should also spare a thought for your roof. While your roof is made to withstand the elements, extreme conditions can take its toll and eventually lead to roof leaks.

In this blog we’ll look at how the Melbourne weather – both hot and cold – can impact your roof and potentially result in roof leaks. We’ll also look at what you can do to protect your roof and reduce the chances of issues down the track.

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6 risks that roof leaks may cause to your home

A roof leak can be caused due to a number of reasons, from overflowing gutters, to storm damage, to dodgy plumbing. Finding the causes of roof leaks and fixing them is incredibly important, as they can cause a lot of damage to your home and can even be dangerous. Check out our blog 7 major causes of a leaking roof, to find out what may be causing your roof to leak and how they can be fixed. Preventing a roof from leaking in the first place, or getting it fixed as soon as the problem arises is very important. If roof leaks are left unattended they will get worse and worse which can cause a lot of damage to your house. This will cost you time, money and even your health. Here are some risks associated with leaking roofs to your home.

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7 major causes of a leaking roof

It only seems right to discuss leaking roofs on a day like today. February 14th 2020 a Victorian summers day filled with lame couples on Instagram, torrential rain and hailstones. Even though Melbourners are no strangers to rain, but they don’t particularly want it in their house. We all want to have confidence that our roof is strong and watertight and can withstand all weather conditions thrown at it. Even minor roof leaks can eventuate into expensive and dangerous problems.

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Chimney Roof Leaks

Chimneys are often an overlooked part of the roof and many assume they’ll have no issues with them, but like everything they deteriorate over time and can cause chimney roof leaks. Chimney Leaks can occur for numerous reasons and can lead to major inconveniences in your home. Melbourne is no stranger to severe weather conditions, and masonry chimneys can be prone to water damage. Water damage can cause blockages to the chimney flue, damage the lining, and result in problems with bricks becoming loose and broken. Chimneys with water damage can not only be inconvenient, but also dangerous and impact the health of those who reside in your household.

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Fixing roof leaks is an essential service

The recent heavy rainfall has meant that homeowners right across Melbourne have discovered roof leaks that they never knew they had, so if this is the case for you, can you get your roof leak fixed now during the current COVID-19 restrictions? The simple answer is yes, fixing roof leaks is an essential service and you can get them fixed.

In fact, the good news is that when you choose Oats Roofing Maintenance you can get a wide range of services completed, even during lockdown. This includes fixing roof leaks, storm damage, blocked gutters and blocked downpipes from last weekend’s rain, as well as any other urgent work that has cropped up on your home. 

Our job is classified as an essential service, so it’s business as usual for us. Although, of course, you will see all our professionals taking extra care and following all COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. This includes the wearing of masks, social distancing measures and limiting the number of people on any one site. 

Plus, it’s worth noting that we don’t need to access the inside of your home to perform our work, so our essential service is also a contactless service. We can chat to you through your windows or over the phone and then you can leave everything to us while you make yourself a cuppa!

For more information of our services during COVID-19, please phone our friendly team on 0435 695 466 or email

Fixing roof leaks early 

While the fixing of roof leaks is an essential service and can be completed now, you might still think of putting it off for a few weeks. But before you do, consider the damage you could be doing to your home.

While some roof leaks may cause minor damage in the short-term, any roof leak can become a major issue if left unfixed. This may include requiring the relatively minor job of replacing a section of your ceiling or wall that has been rain damaged, right up to a roof collapsing due to structural damage. Roof leaks can even cause electrical faults, which can be deadly as well as financially crippling.

So our advice is to get a roof leak fixed as soon as you notice it. At this stage it is often a simple issue that can be fixed quickly and inexpensively.

Roof inspections

Fixing roof leaks is an essential service and can be completed during COVID-19, but what if you’re simply concerned about the condition of your roof and worried about the wear you can and perhaps can’t see?

Oats Roofing Maintenance can help with this too. Yes, we fix roof leaks, but we also conduct roofing inspections to identify issues and get them fixed before they cause damage. 

Our roofing inspection service includes checks on metal, polycarbonate and tiled roofing, fascias, barges and gables, flashings and aprons, gutters and downpipes, and more. It’s a thorough inspection that will give you peace of mind and could save you thousands of dollars in damage repair.

Contact the roofing experts

Whether you have a leaky roof (yes, it’s worth noting again, fixing roof leaks is an essential service) or want your roof inspected, there’s only one place to call: Oats Roofing Maintenance. Call us today on 0435 695 466 or organise a quote via our website.

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Fixing roof leaks in Moorabbin – that’s our job!

Did you know that Moorabbin is on track to record a higher than average yearly rainfall in 2020? You may not know, but the homeowners with the leaky roofs certainly do. They’re the ones that get out the buckets every time it rains or have to mop up the mess. They’re the ones that see the damage that roof leaks cause to their Moorabbin home growing and growing.

Roof leaks in Moorabbin can be costly

If you’re suffering from roof leaks in your Moorabbin home, the important thing to do is not put your head in the sand. Because a roof leak that’s not fixed quickly can cause potentially thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

Roof leaks in your Moorabbin home can cause damage to ceiling and walls, result in harm to the structure of your home due to water damage, increase the chances of unhealthy and unsightly mould growing on your walls and ceilings, and even cause electrical faults and fires. 

Another important point to note about roof leaks in your Moorabbin home is that they might not always be obvious. On the inside of your home, look for signs such as dark spots on the ceilings or walls, water damage or sagging. On the outside, you might see a tile that has shifted or cracked, metal roofing that is deteriorated, gutters that are slow to drain or have weeds growing from them, or wear or discolouration around flashing or sealant.

My roof leaks – what should I do?

The first thing you may want to do is to take a little time to investigate the issue yourself. Roof leaks in Moorabbin can be caused by several factors (see below) and a common one is simply a tile that has shifted. This is something that the average DIYer can often fix themselves, sometimes in a matter of minutes.

However, if the source of the roof leak isn’t clear, or you’d prefer to get the experts in to fix even the smallest problem, then give Oats Roofing Maintenance a call. We are leak detection experts and experienced tradespeople with over 40-years’ experience in the industry. We can detect and fix leaks caused by:

  • Flashing and seals around items such as chimneys, skylights and pipes that have not been fitted properly or need to be re-sealed. 
  • Cracked tiles or tile mortar that needs maintenance.
  • Metal roofing that has weakened and deteriorated.
  • Boxed gutters that are blocked by debris or need replacing.
  • Debris in gutters. You’d be surprised what we’ve found growing in some gutters!

The leaky roof experts in Moorabbin

If you’re Moorabbin home has sprung a leak, contact Oats Roofing Maintenance today. We are an essential service so are open for business as usual. All our professionals tradespeople are following the necessary COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing of masks and social distancing. In fact, most if not all our work to fix roof leaks is completed outside, so our work is often completely contactless.

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Melbourne winter rains and roof leaks costly combination

The savage storm that hit Melbourne and other parts of Victoria in June left many homes in the area damaged, but with a bit of luck for you and your home it was nothing more than a leaking roof. Because, while roof leaks can cause a lot of damage (see below), fixing them only takes one phone call.

Not fixing roof leaks straight away can be a costly decision

If the roof leak on your Melbourne home is only minor, the temptation may be to put it off for a while. Put it off until the weather turns nicer, until there’s more money in the bank, until you have a chance to take a closer look, and so on. We get it, we all procrastinate on these types of decisions, but not fixing a roof leak straight away could cost you hundreds and potentially thousands of dollars

Let us explain.

Roof leaks in Melbourne and surrounds – or for that matter anywhere in the world – are often simple to fix when you know what you’re looking for. A broken tile, a tile that’s shifted, broken cement around ridge caps, blocked gutters or downpipes, and a myriad of other problems are all examples of simple issues that can occur on any roof that can cause a leak. They’re generally quick, easy and cheap to fix.

They’ll still be easy to fix in a few weeks or months’ time, but the damage they cause in the meantime can become very costly. The type of damage can include:

  • Damage to plasterboard ceilings and walls. Plasterboard doesn’t handle moisture well. Catch a leak quickly and you may only need to clean the area or repaint it. But if roof leaks aren’t fixed and your plasterboard is regularly exposed to moisture, eventually the integrity of the plasterboard will become affected and it will need to be replaced.
  • While structural timber inside the walls and roof of your Melbourne home are obviously stronger than plasterboard, over time it too will become affected by damp conditions. Eventually it will become weak and can even collapse. Imagine how much it’s going to cost to fix this type of damage, caused by a simple roof leak?
  • We all know that water and electricity doesn’t mix. A roof leak can potentially damage electrical cabling, circuits and other components. The damage that this can cause isn’t the only concern, there’s also the safety risks to consider, as water damage to electrical components can cause fires and electrocution.
  • Simple roof leaks can also lead to a serious health issue, due to the mould and mildew which will be encouraged to grow. This can be particularly hazardous for those with high sensitivity to mould and mildew.
  • Unchecked roof leaks are also likely to damage the insulation in your roof and perhaps your walls. Insulation will gradually lose it effectiveness. If you don’t replace it you’ll be faced with higher energy bills and a home that is hotter in summer and colder in winter.

Roof leaks fixed with one phone call

The information about the damage that roof leaks can cause can be pretty heavy, but thankfully there is a simple solution to help you lighten the load. 

Simply call Oates Roofing Maintenance on 0435 695 466. We have over 40-years’ experience in the industry and we also undertake all other roof repair work. Plus, we operate throughout the entire Melbourne area, including the Mornington Peninsula.
Give us a call today or request a quote on our website. Your roof leak will soon be a thing of the past.