A leaking roof can quickly escalate into a dangerous and expensive problem. Understanding the initial causes of damaged roofs can help you prevent and prepare for structural roof problems. While some leaking roofs can be fixed simply, they also may indicate a larger issue. Always seek professional advice when dealing with a leaking or damaged roof. Learn about the causes of roof damage to save yourself time and money dealing with repair projects. A list of the 5 most common causes of leaking roofs are outlined below!
- Old age
Like most building materials, roofing surfaces tend to break down with age. Roof materials left unattended for years will become less effective, thus leaving your roof susceptible to cracks and leaks. The roof aging process may be hastened by severe or constantly changing weather conditions, as well as extreme sun exposure. This causes tiles to become more brittle. If you haven’t inspected your roof in years, consider contacting Singh Roofing for a roof inspection to discuss the need for a roof replacement.
- Debris build-up
Stacks of twigs or leaves can be detrimental to your roof if left alone for too long. Debris will trap water in and around your roof, allowing moisture to saturate into your roofing materials. This can lead to mould and mildew growth, which will compromise the structural integrity of your roof. Be sure to clean debris from your roof as soon as possible to allow water to flow freely from your roof!
- Cracked materials
The thin metal strips that sit beneath roof tiles are known as flashing. Flashing works as an additional water resistant barrier to protect your roof. Cracked flashing is a common cause for a leaking roof, since it is the last resort to block water from permeating your roof. Tar that holds flashing together may be damaged by severe weather, so check tar sealants around any cracked flashing. Always consult with a roofing professional to ensure that repairs are done thoroughly and safely. Singh Roofing can help replace leaking roofs that have been affected by cracked flashing.
- Damaged tiles
Tiles lay on the exterior of the roof, acting as the outermost layer of protection. Tiles are often damaged because they are exposed to all direct hits from debris, and any harsh weather conditions. Areas between your roof tiles may also be the cause of your leaking roof, so contact a professional to help you pinpoint the exact area that is causing your roof to leak. Broken tiles can easily be replaced individually, or the entire roof can be resurfaced.
- Clogged gutters
Similar to built up debris on your roof surface, clogged gutters can allow water to seep into your roof causing leaks inside. Clogged gutters let water accumulate and permeate through cracks in your roof surface. Be aware of seasonal changes and how this may affect your gutters. Be vigilant about removing any debris from your gutters to let water flow efficiently off of and away from your home. Singh Roofing also offers a gutter cleaning service to keep your roof safe during the rainy season.
If tended to quickly, a leaking roof does not have to be an extremely expensive problem to fix. However, it is important to understand the root causes of a leaking roof. Save time and money by replacing roof materials before they cause a leaking roof. Always contact a roof professional before beginning any significant roof projects. Singh Roofing is available to help with all of your roofing needs.