Leaking Roofs - Common Reasons

One of the worst sounds a homeowner can discover is the notorious and recognizable “drip” of water leaking from their ceiling. Locating the leak and the subsequent damage control that follows is an issue on its own that when paired with trying to repair the malfunction can be overwhelming. In events like this, it’s best to leave the repairs to the professionals. But you may be wondering what caused the leak in the first place so you can learn to prevent it from happening again. You might be surprised by the answers.

commons reasons for roof leaks

Damaged Shingles

Shingles are the first line of defense for your roof. There are different materials of shingles that stand up to inclement weather better than others, but high winds and rain will eventually wear down even the toughest shingles. When shingles go missing, they obviously expose a part of your roof to the damaging effects of wind and rain. It is good practice to always visually inspect your roofing (safely from the ground) after a particularly severe storm to ensure that everything is where it needs to be. Check for missing or displaced shingles and keep a count of how many will need replacement. If it is not correct, call your professional roofer before a leak occurs.

Cracked Flashing

Flashing plays a very important part in keeping water from seeping into your home, so it is easy to see how cracked flashing can lead to leaks. Flashing is seen around protrusions such as skylights or chimneys, therefore it is pretty easy to notice when the material is cracked. While flashing is made of metal, it will eventually weaken over time and give way to the punishment of the elements. The only suitable repair for cracked flashing is a replacement, which is best left in the hands of a professional roofer.

Blocked Gutters

Not many people can say that they like cleaning out their roofing gutters. It is tedious and time-consuming process. However, it is also very important and very necessary to ensure proper draining, which can minimize roof leaks and other damage. Gutters are designed to direct water safely off of your roof to areas where it cannot cause any damage, such as the ground. When gutters become clogged, it will not be able to direct the flow of rainwater anywhere, leading to pools of water forming on your roof that can wear down shingles and eventually find a way into your home.

A clogged gutter cannot perform its job properly, and the best way to remedy the problem is to simply remove the leaves/sticks/debris from the gutters. If you are like so many others who do not enjoy going in to clean out the debris, look into getting gutter guards that reduces the hassle of having to clean out the debris constantly. You and your roof will be glad that you did.

Unsealed Valleys

Valleys are areas where water frequently flows on a roof, which is why it is imperative to make sure they are always properly sealed. High traffic areas such as valleys will be forced to deal with more water than other areas of your roof, especially if you live in a particularly rainy climate. This heightened exposure to rainwater and melting ice will cause it erode over time, especially if the area wasn’t properly sealed to begin with. If you notice water entering your home around the seams of your roof, you will need to contact a roofing professional immediately to reseal the area and prevent further damage.

Murfreesboro Roofing Professionals

Although we hope your home never develops leakage, if the issue does occur, make sure it is taken care of by those who understand how to fix it for good. Give All Roofing Siding and Gutter a call at 615-390-8099 to immediately to prevent further damage.

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