Having to run for a bucket to catch dripping water in your home every time it rains can be quite annoying and even embarrassing when you have guests visiting. But you shouldn’t just get your leaky roof repaired to prevent annoyance.
A leaky roof can result in plenty of big and costly problems. Your roof leak can cause damage to the ceiling. Mold and mildew can be growing inside the roof and on ceilings without you knowing it and water damage can affect your roof panels and structure if it is left unfixed for too long.
Here are seven of the most common reasons for your roof to leak as well as some tips to prevent these leaks before the winter starts.
Flashing are those thin pieces of metal that are installed underneath shingles in your roof. The flashing creates a waterproof barrier for your roof but they do corrode and crack over time.
The Fix – To fix this problem you need to get the old flashing removed and install a new run of flashings in place of the old flashings. This only needs to be done on leaky and cracked flashings and is a relatively quick and easy fix if the problem can be located.
Broken or missing shingles are easy to spot. These are the exterior of your roof. Simply take a look to see if you see discoloured patches on your roof. These breaks and missing shingles are mostly caused by weather like wind and heavy rainfall.
The Fix – To fix broken shingles, the broken shingles need to be removed along with all nails and replaced with new shingles.
Valleys are not sealed
Valleys are the area where two planes of the roof come together. If not sealed properly, rain and water will come through these areas. You can identify this by checking for wet spots in the roof, on your ceiling or for dripping water. The main cause is usually faulty installation although weather can cause a leak in the valley’s seal.
The Fix – To fix this a roofer will have to install a storm seal in valley to seal it off.
The roof vent boot is cracked
Roofs often have vents to drain moisture and gasses from the house. If the vent booting – the cover of the vent – is cracked you will notice dark marks on your ceiling in areas where these vents are located.
The Fix – To fix this the old rubber booting needs to be removed and a new rubber boot needs to be installed. This is a quick fix that you can probably do yourself.
Skylights that haven’t been installed right can result in leaking. These leaks are very easy to identify. Water will either drip from the skylight or will run down the slope of your roof.
The Fix – The window needs to be checked for cracks and the window seal and clear silicone needs to be checked. If the leak is identified then the area needs to be cleared and re-sealed or the window needs to be replaced if cracked.
Clogged up gutters will cause water to build up and push back. The water can then start flowing over into your house. Water streaks against the wall are usually a good sign of clogged gutters.
The Fix – You simply need to grab a ladder and get those gutters clear.
Too much condensation
Winter can get pretty misty and damp and can cause a lot of condensation on your roof and inside your roof. If you smell musty odors inside your house and see mold and mildew then your roof area might be too moist and too much condensation happens in this area.
The Fix – You need to get mold and mildew treated because this bacteria is a health hazard. Install more roof vents and a good ventilation fan so moisture can escape.
At Singh Roofing, we have expert roofers on hand who can take care of any of these and other roofing issues for you. We can help restore your roof to perfection so you and your family can enjoy a warm, cozy and dry 2018 winter.