Ways That Leaky Roofs Happen

15 Jan Ways That Leaky Roofs Happen

Few things can put a damper on your day like discovering that all of your belongings have been ruined, and nothing can bring those fears to reality like excessive water damage. While you are more likely to experience water damage due to a broken pipe, or bad plumbing, it can also happen due to a leak in your roof. Dealing with water damage can be emotionally and physically exhausting, especially if it happens to something that is irreplaceable. On top of that, it can be quite expensive. For that reason, it’s good to take precautions to make sure that your roof doesn’t suffer any leaks. Here’s some of the common ways that leaky roofs occur…

Broken shingles

When it comes to protecting the things that you care about, it’s important to have a strong first line of defense. And, when it comes to your roof, your shingles are what provides that first line of defense. Shingles are designed to mitigate much of the damage that the outer elements can bring to your home. When they are broken and damaged, however, problems can start to compound rather quickly. First of all, when shingles begin to break, it makes other shingles on your home more vulnerable to wind damage, which means that more will continue to break. Once your shingles are gone, all of the water that rain and snow bring is landing directly against your roof’s flashing and internal membrane.

Improper sealing

There are many elements that go into creating a well-functioning roof. For example, you have a metal plating under your shingles that is called flashing, and underneath that is a final membrane to seal up your home. If these elements aren’t properly sealed together, however, then it can allow moisture to buildup between them and cause lasting water damage. As this water damage continues to occur, it can eventually lead to leaking, as the internal membrane may rupture. Along with this, it is important to make sure that any two planes on your roof are properly sealed together.

Roof vent is cracked

Most homes have a vent that exists on their roof. Uncreatively, these vents are called “roof vents.” While these vents exist on the exterior of your home, they also lead directly inside of it. As you can imagine, it can be quite catastrophic if one of these vents cracks on your roof, as it provides a direct gateway for water to end up in your home to damage your things.

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