3 Common Causes of Roof Leaks

Roof LeaksMost homeowners associate roof leaks with an annoying dripping sound. The sound is usually followed by the mad scramble to put a container underneath the problem area. But roof leaks represent more danger than just an annoying sound. A leaking roof can damage the integrity of your roof, your attic insulation, and any contents you hold dear inside your home.

The true danger in leaks lies in the fact that by the time you notice a leak inside your home, the damage is long done inside your attic. Kirkey Roofing recommends regular roof inspections to combat the chance that you might have a leak you are not aware of, damaging your home. Today your friendly roofing contractors at Kirkey will explore three of the most common causes of roof leaks.

Roof Leaks Caused by Damaged Shingles

Loose, cracked, or rotting shingles are common occurrences on older roofs. Roofs who have experienced significant damage, such as debris falling on them, are more likely to display damaged shingles as well. As soon as you notice potentially damaged shingles, you need to contact your preferred roofing contractor. Exposed outer layers of your roof will cause the elements, such as sunlight and wind, to wear down the underlayment of your roof and eventually lead to damages, including leaks. If you notice damaged shingles while inspecting your roof for the cause of a leak, this is most likely your culprit.

Damaged Flashing

Any spot that handles undue pressure has the potential to cause roof problems. Flashings are pieces of metal installed at joints or transition areas on your roof around chimneys, vents, or any other vertical objects that protrude from your roof. They are typically sealed with roof mastic or other substances that ensure a watertight seal. When these seals weaken and fail, roof leaks may develop. If you don’t see any other visible damaged areas on your roof, your next best bet is to check any areas that are secured using flashings in your search for the cause of a leak. Flashings may be exchanged for rubber boots for plumbing vents or other small protrusions.

Roofing Nails

This next cause may come as a surprise, but another common cause of roof leaks is roofing nails backing out. The nail a roofer uses while installing your roof might not have gotten a sound bite of wood. In this case, the nail slowly gets loose and eventually falls out of your roof. The hole it leaves behind presents a perfect opportunity for water to leak into your home. These insidious leaks are much harder to find than the causes we outlined above. This leak is a sign that you need to call in a local Venice roofer to diagnose and rectify the cause of the leak.

Dealing with a pesky roof leak, you just can’t nail down? Call the roofing professionals at Kirkey Roofing at (941) 499-8223 or send us a quick message for immediate assistance.

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