The last thing you want to hear during a rain storm is that dreaded drip, drip of water coming out of your roof and onto your floor. Of course, a drip is often followed by an unsightly stain on your ceiling and the hunt for what may be the cause. Here are a few of the top reasons for a leaking roof.
- Shingle damage. Shingles can come loose or break off your home for several reasons, including age, storms, and exposure to the elements. Damage to shingles can cause a leaking roof in the long run.
- A hole. It’s not surprising that a hole can cause a leaking roof. Falling branches can cause a hole to form, and water will begin to enter your home. Also, equipment like satellites or air conditioning units put holes into your roof. If they are not patched or installed properly, leaks can occur.
- Gutter problems. Cleaning your gutters is one way to stay on top of potential leaks. Any buildup can push water up onto your roof and underneath your shingles.
- Roof age. If your roof is toward the end of its lifespan, it may no longer hold up to regular wear and tear. Once the roofing begins to deteriorate, leaks will appear, signaling that it is time to replace.
- Flashing separation. Flashing goes along joints and seams in your roof to prevent leaks. However, if it begins to separate from around your chimney or in a slope or valley, then water will come in.
- Slope problems. The roof’s pitch can have a huge effect on whether or not you will end up with leaks. If water cannot drain off, it will accumulate and eventually cause damage and a leaking roof.
- Condensation buildup. Moisture buildup inside your attic can lead to condensation. Condensation can cause mold, mildew, and leaks. Proper attic ventilation and sealing can prevent water damage.
A leaking roof doesn’t have to become a giant headache for you if you keep up with maintenance and work with professionals to have roof repairs or replacement performed in a timely manner. If you need help with your roof, contact us at Accurate Renovations.