Roof Leaks: Lots of Different Kinds, None Good

Roof Leak

Any time you have water leaking through your roof, you need immediate professional repair.

In some cases, the damage escalates quickly, turning into a full-fledged roofing emergency seemingly overnight. In other instances, leaks affect the roof gradually, with moisture spreading to the attic, and before you know it, you have a major problem.

Either way, you should be prepared for all types of leaks, especially if your roof is over 15 years old and showing signs of wear. The following three categories of roof leaks are common and may help you pinpoint the root of the issue before you call your roofing contractor.

Cracked Flashing

Flashing is thin metal sheeting installed between the shingles and openings like your chimney. It’s a key component involved in keeping water out of your attic. It is usually sealed, with a rubber coating firmly holding it in place and protecting it from the elements.

Over the years, high winds and harsh weather can contribute to the flashing’s eventual corrosion. It could crack or rip off. You might notice this after a severe storm.

On the other hand, you may not notice any visual signs of wear, but water still may be seeping into the attic underneath the flashing. A leak like this could start small but end up resulting in significant, expensive damage.

A roofing contractor must remove the shingles and damaged flashing, replace any soggy, moldy parts of the underlayment, and reinstall a new piece of flashing and new shingles.

Roof Valley Moisture

Roof valleys are where two sloped surfaces meet. During the roof’s initial installation, the seam should have been tightly sealed to prevent water damage. If it wasn’t taken care of properly the first time, or if the roof is old, you might notice water beginning to enter the attic along the valley.

This type of leak only gets worse — call your roofing contractor right away.

Shingles Missing

You may notice a few shingles on your driveway after a serious windstorm. That’s a common occurrence for many homeowners. Even when shingles are secured properly with the right type and number of fasteners, they still can get caught in high winds and fly off the roof.

Even if you don’t notice the missing shingles on the ground, you’ll eventually spot the signs in your attic, as broken, cracked or missing shingles can all spell water damage. Each shingle has a purpose, so the longer you wait to have them replaced or repaired, the longer your roof is at risk.

Rely on your roofing contractor for repairs — never walk onto a roof on your own or attempt to replace missing shingles without training.

Call Knockout Roofing for a free, professional assessment to find out how much damage roof leaks are causing at your home.