A home's roof plays a vital role in protecting the interior from outside elements. Unfortunately, roofs can develop issues and begin leaking. Luckily, most roof leaks can be repaired, but it is important to have roof repairs made promptly as soon as a leak is detected in order to prevent water damage inside the home. Roof leaks can be caused by a number of issues, but an experienced roofing contractor will be able to inspect your roof, determine what is causing the leak, and make the necessary repairs. Some of the most common causes of residential roof leaks include the following:
Shingles are Missing or Broken
One of the most common causes of roof leaks are broken or missing shingles. When a roof is installed, shingles are tightly attached to the underlayer of the roof, but age, high winds, heavy rains, and hail can all damage shingles or cause one or more to fall off the roof of the house. This is one reason that it is always a good idea to have your roof inspected if your area experiences severe weather and you are concerned that it may have caused shingle issues. Once any damaged or missing shingles are replaced there should not be any more issues with your roof leaking.
Most people don't think about their home's gutters very often, but they are actually very important in supporting proper roof health. In order for a roof to stay in good condition, it is essential for moisture, whether it is rain or melting snow, to be diverted from the roof promptly. If the gutters become clogged and water is not diverted away, it can begin pooling on the roof, damaging the roofing materials and eventually causing a leak. As a homeowner, visually inspect your gutter system and make sure it is cleaned regularly.
Flashing is a type of metal roofing material that is used to seal seams on a roof. For example, flashing is often used around chimneys to keep moisture out. Roof flashing is designed to be durable and long-lasting, but just like shingles, it can become damaged over time. If you have damaged roof flashing, your roof will no longer be completely watertight. In the event that you notice signs of a roof leak in your home, especially around your fireplace or other areas where flashing may be found, you will need to hire a roofing contractor to replace the damaged flashing.
You can reach out to your local contractor for more information about roofing repair and replacement.