Top 5 Causes of Roof Leaks

Roof leaks can cause a substantial amount of damage to your home regardless of how small the size of the leak is. This is why any type of roof leak needs prompt attention by a professional roofing contractor. Until the roof can be thoroughly inspected, it’s unknown whether a roof repair or a full roof replacement will be necessary. These are the top five causes of roof leaks.

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  1. The age of a roof is the biggest factor when talking about roof leaks. The heat and humidity we experience here in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch, Florida can cause the roofing materials to deteriorate over time. This is why it’s important to have inspections on a regular basis to be sure the materials are holding up.
  2. We do experience heavy wind and rain from time to time, and the occasional hurricane or tropical storm. When we get these types of severe weather events, they can cause shingles or tiles to become loose or removed altogether. We want to be sure that all shingles and tiles are both secure and intact.
  3. If your home is surrounded by trees, and you have gutters on your roof, there’s a good possibility that the gutters could be filled with leaves, branches, or other debris. If this is true, there’s a good possibility the gutters are filled if they’re not cleaned on a regular basis. This can cause a leak in your roof because they can’t drain properly, and can pull away from the roof as well.
  4. If there are leaves or other types of debris built up on the roof, and just left sitting there, there is bound to be water trapped in them. This will only deteriorate the roof underneath them. It’s important to keep trees surrounding your home trimmed, and the roof inspected after any storms.
  5. When checking the roof for other problems, it’s important to check the flashing too. The flashing is installed to create a waterproof barrier, and if the seal isn’t intact, the roof can become compromised.

If you think you have a roof leak, give the roofing experts at Kirkey Roofing a call. We have been trusted in the Sarasota, Venice, Nokomis, Osprey, Lakewood Ranch, and Bradenton areas for 70 years!

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