A leaky roof is among the most aggravating things a homeowner must deal with. What’s worse is that you may not even know your roof is leaking until you spot signs of water damage, such as stains on the ceiling or mold growing on the roof. This is why it’s so important to have your roof inspected occasionally, especially as it gets older. Learn more about roof leaks so you can identify them early, repair them properly, and prevent them from happening again in the future.
Why Roofs Leak
Various problems can cause a roof to leak. Some of the most common of these include:
- The wear and tear of old age: Your roof is subject to hail, rain, wind, snow, and the relentless sun. After many years in service, these harsh weather conditions begin to take their toll, cracking, breaking, and tearing shingles from the roof. Missing and damaged shingles on old roofs pave the way for leaks to develop.
- Unpatched holes: If the previous homeowner took the TV antenna, satellite dish, solar panels, or other fixtures off the roof when they moved, any unpatched holes left behind could cause a leak. Even tiny holes can cause problems if you ignore them.
- Improperly placed shingles: Correct shingle installation is vital in creating a durable roof. If the shingles aren’t spaced properly, the wind might pull them apart and allow rainwater to seep in.
- Poorly sealed valleys: When two rooflines meet, it creates a valley for water to run down toward the gutter. This valley must be seamlessly connected to each adjoining roof. Poor seals create the possibility of a roof leak.
- Leaky roof penetrations: Vents, flues, and chimneys are surrounded by rubber seals and/or metal flashing. When these materials start to crack or rust, water can seep behind them when it rains.
- Poorly installed skylights: Leaky skylights are easy to spot because they leak directly into the living space. Improper installation or decayed sealing materials along the edge of the skylights are most likely to blame.
- Ice dams: When snow on the roof melts and runs toward the gutters, it can refreeze before draining off the roof, creating an ice dam. Melting snow accumulates behind the dam and lingers on the roof. This deteriorates the shingles and can cause a leak.
- Clogged gutters: If your gutters and downspouts are clogged with leaves and other debris, water can pool on the roof where it damages the shingles. Over time, this may cause a leak.
The Importance of Repairing Roof Leaks
The moment you notice a roof leak – whether from signs inside your home or as a result of a roof inspection – it’s important to repair the leak as soon as possible. A one-time roof leak is no big deal. You can dry up the moisture and no permanent harm is done.
However, putting off roof repair could result in repeated leaks every time it rains or snows. This could lead to mold growth in the attic or serious structural damage. These problems are much more cumbersome and expensive to repair because, in addition to fixing the roof, you must also clean up mold and replace water-damaged items.
Need Help Cleaning Up After Your Leaky Roof?
If you don’t make roof inspections a priority, it’s likely you won’t notice a roof leak until it’s done some damage. Fortunately, the team at Rainbow International® can help you recover. We provide mold remediation and water damage restoration services to return your home to normal.
For additional tips to spot or prevent roof leaks, or to schedule services, please contact us today.