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May13

Common Causes of Roof Leaks

Roof leaks present multiple challenges for homeowners. Not only do they occur in the most inappropriate time, they can also cause significant damage to your home if not discovered and repaired promptly. But sometimes, it can be difficult to pinpoint the cause of the problem since it originates away from where the leak shows up. 

To make your job easier, we have compiled some of the most common causes of residential roof leaks. Next time it happens to you, it would be easier for you to determine the cause of the problem. 

Broken or loose shingles

The shingles are the most important barrier for your roof. They can become loose, rot or curl over time; thus, causing roof leaks. Water can seep through the roof and into your home if you have cracked, broken or missing shingles. 

Since shingles are the exterior layer of a roof, this one is easy to spot. Climb a ladder to inspect the roof and check for missing shingles.

Cracked flashing 

Flashing are thin pieces of metal that covers a seam or transition on the roof. They can become weak, corroded or slide out of place due to harsh weather or strong winds. You are more likely to develop a leak if your flashing is damage. 

Clogged gutters

Gutters are installed to catch rain and channel it away from the structure. Leaves and other debris that have accumulated in your gutters can slow the water flowing off the roof. Water will then pool in one area of the roof and can soak through your shingles and through the ceiling below. 

Age

Even the highest quality roof can deteriorate over time. The older your roof is, the less effective it is at keeping water out. That said, you should keep an eye on the condition of your roof. 

Be sure to upgrade your roof as soon as you have the money. Yes, it may cost you an arm and a leg, but if you wait long enough, you may face more serious problems and spend a lot more money down the road.