Four Common Causes of Roof Leaks

Roof leaks can put your home at risk for significant water damage. Buckets and tarps are not a solution. If your roof is leaking, you’ll need to have it repaired as soon as possible.

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If water starts to drip or flow through your ceiling when it’s raining, a professional roofer can identify and fix the problem before costly damage occurs. In most cases, leaks are caused by one of the four issues.

No. 1: Roof Leaks Caused by Missing or Broken Shingles

Have you ever found a roof shingle on your driveway or lawn after a heavy windstorm?

Reputable roofers use high-quality roofing materials, securing the shingles with the proper type and number of fasteners. Even so, fierce winds can still tear the shingles away and send them flying.

Missing shingles allow water to seep through your rooftop. Broken or cracked shingles also cause leaks, as rain and melting snow can penetrate the damaged areas.

No. 2: Leaking from Damaged Flashing

Flashing is a metal barrier that protects the areas around rooftop vents, chimneys, skylights and dormer windows from water infiltration. Without proper flashing in place, these roof penetrations are likely to leak when it rains or snows.

Over time, flashing can become corroded. If caught early enough, the damage can be easily repaired. Left alone, however, the roofing material grows weaker. As a result, water begins to penetrate, seeping through your roof deck and down into the rafters and attic insulation.

No. 3: Gutter Debris Can Result in Roof Leaks

Anything that holds moisture on the rooftop can cause leaks, and that includes leaves and debris in your gutters.

Gutter clogs slow down the drainage of rain and melting snow. So, instead of flowing away from the rooftop, the water pools on the surface and leaks into your home. During the winter, the water can freeze, creating an ice dam that pushes into and destroys the roofing materials.

Leaks from clogged gutters can cause extensive damage but they’re easy to prevent with regular maintenance. Or, you can install gutter guards to stop debris from accumulating.

No. 4: Old Age is Responsible for Some Roof Leaks

When was your roofing installed?

Inevitably, some leaks develop as the result of old age. Roofing materials are constantly exposed to the elements and time takes a toll.

Many types of roofing can last for several decades or even longer. But even the best materials eventually wear down. Expecting a roof to continue protecting your home past its given lifespan may not be realistic, especially if it hasn’t been well-maintained over the years.

The professional team at Knockout Roofing, serving customers throughout northern Utah, offers free evaluations for homeowners with roof leaks. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.