What Causes A Roof Leak?
Do you have to run for some type of drip bucket every time it starts to rain? This is not only annoying, it can actually be bad for your home – and your health!
Also, when a leak occurs, it means you are going to be investing in often costly repairs in the near future. The good news is, if you get to know some of the most common causes of roof leaks, you can prevent them before they happen.
Learn about the 10 most common reasons roof leaks occur, here, and get ahead of the problem.
Here are 10 Common Reasons For A Roof Leak
Cracked flashing usually occurs because of the corrosion of the tar used for sealing it together during installation. If you notice any damaged flashing, repair it right away before leaks occur.
If you notice there are shingles broken on missing from your roof, or laying in your yard, then you don’t need to ignore them. High winds and heavy rains are typically the culprit. If the shingle is broken but still attached, you can repair it by applying a thick bead of roofing sealant under the crack; however, if it's broken completely or missing, just attach a new shingle to your roof.
Improperly Sealed Valleys
The areas where two parts of your roof meet, creating a slope, are called valleys. If the seal at these junctions isn’t applied properly, water can begin to leak into the home. It is best to call a professional to make this repair, as it is more difficult to do.
Backup in Your Gutters
If your gutters become clogged with leaves or other debris, it can slow down the water that is flowing off your roof. This allows it to soak through, resulting in leaks. Installing a gutter cover can help keep it free from debris.
Cracked Vent Booting
Every roof has vents – it’s the pipe-looking things sticking up through the roof’s surface. Over time, the sealant or rubber boot used at these vents can become decayed or even break. When this happens, leaks may occur. A professional can install a new rubber boot to stop the leak.
If there are any holes left behind after you remove a TV antenna or another rooftop installation, these can allow moisture in and cause a leak. Make sure all holes are sealed properly when something is removed.
Condensation in the Attic
If you notice mildew or mold growing in the attic, then there is a good chance there is a leak present. A bad odor is a second sign. Condensation often occurs in the attic due to the clash of cool and hot temperatures that occurs. Unfortunately, this can cause leaks. In some cases, the installation of a ventilation fan will help.
The Roof’s Age
Over time, the materials on your roof will deteriorate. When this happens, they aren’t as effective at keeping water out. At some point, replacement will be necessary.
Believe it or not, a cause of roof leaks is improperly done DIY repairs. If you don’t know what you are doing, you can actually do more harm, than good, to your roof. Leave the roof repairs to the pros to avoid this.
Wear and Tear Due to Lack of Maintenance
If you never invest in roof maintenance, then the materials are going to wear out much faster than if you did invest in this. This is true for any type of roof you may have. Make sure you get your roof inspected every few years with a certified roof inspector.
Now that you know the common causes of roof leaks, make sure you don't wait for the roof to leak; instead, be proactive and ensure that your leak is certified LeakFREE® by the pros at Cypress Roofing.
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