Reasons for a Leaky Roof

15 May Reasons for a Leaky Roof

ceiling damaged by waterA leaky roof may be the stereotype for shabby, broken-down homes, but they can actually happen even in newer and otherwise well-kept homes. Whether you’re currently dealing with a leaky roof or need to know how to prevent one, here are the causes for a leaky roof that you need to be aware of.

Deteriorated Flashing

Flashing in roofing is thin metal sheeting, strips, angles, or fittings that are designed to cover transition points and seams on a home’s roof—locations such as at dorms and valleys, where a chimney stands out of a roof, around skylights, and where the roof meets a house’s siding. Flashing can become damaged, cracked, corroded, or simply worn down over time, giving rain ample opportunity to seep into your home. Sometimes, an unfortunate roofing job might even leave your roof with less-than-ample flashing to stand up to the rain that your roof is exposed to.

Inadequate Underlayment

Underlayment is made in a variety of materials suited to both roof type and climate, and its purpose is multifaceted; it provides a barrier against moisture, fire resistance, protection against chemical degradation, and temporary protection while other roofing materials are being laid down. Waterproof underlayment is used in parts of the roof that see the highest levels of moisture exposure, such as at the lower parts of roof slopes, and water-resistant is often used in tandem along other parts of a roof. Underlayment may be the first layer of a roof that is laid down, but it serves as a secondary barrier to shingles. Even so, inadequate underlayment remains one of the primary causes for a leaky roof.

Missing or Broken Shingles

This is the cause for a leaky roof that first enters most minds. Sometimes strong winds break or even tear up shingles from your roof, and it might be that shingles are missing from a place on your roof that you can’t see. Consider having your roof inspected to determine if it’s time to invest in a new primary barrier against rain for your roof.

Unsealed Holes

Did you inspect your roof after removing your antennae or another roof-mounted device? Always be sure to seal holes such as these properly to prevent unexpected roof leakages.

Excess Moisture

Sometimes the cause is simply an excess of rain or snow in a condensed amount of time. Clogged gutters can lead to a slowed water flow off of a roof, giving water time to seep through. A drainage system might also draw water onto a lower roof instead of down to the ground, which can make for an excess of water on your roof. Ice dams are also a common problem, with ice collection along a roof’s ridge and adding undue weight and moisture to your roof’s surface.

Are you experiencing a leaky roof, or are you keen on investing in a new roof that is sure to never leak? If you’re a Utah homeowner, you’ll want to contact Garn-Tee Roofing for your roofing needs. Contact us today for a free estimate on a high-quality roof suited to you and your home.

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