How Do You Make Sure a Roof is Waterproof?

Here in the UK, we’re pretty used to the rain. With an average of 156 days of rain each year, we’re constantly stocked up with wellies, waterproof coats and umbrellas. But while we all prioritise keeping ourselves warm and dry, many of us don’t consider the damage the constant rain can do to our roofs.

From leaks and drips to mould and mildew, any rainwater making its way into your home can leave costly damage in its wake. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your roof – the umbrella of your home – is waterproof, to protect you and your home from the rainy English days. Keep reading to find out how to make sure your roof is waterproof this summer…

Leaking ceiling

The easiest way to check whether your roof is waterproof is to look for leaks around your home. When you notice a leak, it means water has penetrated your roof and made its way into your home. In most cases, you won’t have to go looking for these leaks. You’ll simply notice water dripping where it shouldn’t be.

However, there’s always the chance that water could be leaking behind furniture or in a discreet corner of the room. If you spot anything that looks out of the ordinary, call in a roofing contractor to inspect your roof and find the underlying cause.

Checking your roof space

Water doesn’t always make its way in through your ceiling. If you want to catch leaks earlier, it’s best to check the roof space. Again, if you see any water dripping through, it’s clear that your roof isn’t watertight. However, there are also some less obvious signs to look for.


While water might not be visibly dripping into your home, it could still be getting into your roof space. Look for damp patches on the timbers of your roof and around all the corners of your roof.


Over time, damp conditions can allow mould to develop. If you spot any mould in your roof space, it usually means water is getting in. Again, be sure to get this checked by a professional.


Another tell-tale sign of poor waterproofing is light. Take a look in your roof space when it’s nice and bright outside – but keep the lights off. If you can see beams of daylight coming into an otherwise dark space, it means your roof isn’t watertight. After all, if there’s a gap for light, there’s a gap for water.

Call in a professional

Concerned that your roof is letting in water? DPR Roofing in Wakefield are a team of roofing specialists that can put things right. With over 30 years’ experience, we have the knowledge and training to keep your roof safe, secure and completely waterproof. With our help, you can make sure your flat roof or tiled roof is providing complete protection for your home throughout the year.