Three Common Problems That May Be Causing Your Roof To Leak

If you are unfortunate enough to be experiencing a leaking roof, it can be difficult to know what is causing the problem. This can be especially true for new homeowners that may not have much experience with addressing this type of a problem. If this applies to you, it is important to understand that leaks can be often be attributed to a few common sources. By learning more about these common causes of roof leaks, you will be in a better position to address this problem when it arises.

Damage To Flashing

Whether it is due to skylights, chimneys or simple ventilation fans, it may have been necessary to add a hole to the roof. While these areas are often closed with flashing, it is possible for problems to develop that may compromise the protection offered by these features. In particular, it can be common for flashing to develop corrosion. When this happens, you may find that your roof starts to leak. To help minimize the risk of this causing water damage to your home, you should regularly inspect the flashing for any signs of rust. If you notice rust forming, you should contact an experienced roof repair professional to replace it before it can lead to water damage.

Compromised Shingles

The shingles that cover your roof are among the most important features of it, but it can be easy for new homeowners to overlook the importance of keeping their shingles well-maintained. If the shingles become compromised, they can easily allow water to seep under them. For this reason, you should have any shingles that are misaligned or curling replaced to prevent your home from developing rot or other forms of water damage.  

Rot

If a roof starts to develop rot, it can pose serious structural issues for the home. When rot is allowed to become particularly severe, it can eventually cause the entire roof to collapse. Unfortunately, many new homeowners fail to realize that having their roof regularly cleaned can help to minimize the risk that it develops this problem. Over the course of time, it is possible for the roof to accumulate dirt, moss and other debris that can trap moisture. If these materials are not removed, this trapped moisture can eventually cause substantial rot to form. For the best results, you should consider having your roof professionally cleaned and sealed at least once a year. The sealant will help to enhance the roof's resistance to rot, but it can only be applied to a clean roof.

For more information, contact a roofing contractor in your area.

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