If you have a leaking roof, it can result in a lot of expensive damage to your home if it isn’t promptly repaired. But it’s not always easy to find the source of a leak since water can often appear inside your home well away from the actual leak. Below are five problem areas to look at when trying to locate a leak in your roof.
WEAR AND TEAR
Environmental factors, as well as the passage of time, eventually cause roof shingles to deteriorate and become ineffective at keeping water out. This is particularly the case in locations where roofs face very high winds or heavy snow and ice.
Penetrations through your roof provide an access point through which water can leak. This is why it’s a good idea to frequently inspect any vents on your roof to ensure that the gaskets around them are not cracked or loose, and that there are no missing nails and that the vent cover itself is not damaged.
The transitions between sections of a shingle roof are sealed with metal roof flashing. For instance, flashing is frequently positioned around chimneys, the edges of skylights and where a dormer meets the roof. Over time, the roof sealant under flashing can dry out and crack and the nails can loosen, resulting in leaks. Make repairs when necessary.
It’s easy for the gutters around your roof to get clogged with leaves, branches or other debris that can prevent the water from flowing off the roof. This results in standing water that has time to soak down through the shingles and into your home. Gutter covers are one solution, cleaning out your gutter once a year and trimming back branches on surrounding trees is another.
What does hail damage do to a roof?
Displacement of granules occurs when granules have been knocked off by the impact of hailstones hitting the roof. The loss of protective granules exposes underlying asphalt to damaging sun rays.