If your roof is leaking, it can not only cause damage to your roof, but it can also cause rotted sheathing and framing, destroy the insulation, cause mold to build up, and damage ceilings. All of this can lead to big repair bills if the problem is not repaired quickly. There are many things that can cause a roof to leak, two of which are listed below. After identifying the cause of a leak, you can then take steps to get the problem repaired.
Roof Flashing is Cracked
Flashing is used wherever there is a projection from the roof's surface. Flashing is placed around these openings to provide a tight seal to keep water from leaking onto the roof and into your attic.
Flashing is made from a variety of materials, such as sheet metal or plastic. The most durable flashing is made of sheet metal but is also generally more expensive than the other choices. Plastic flashing is made of PVC and is less expensive. PVC can wear down due to the sun, however.
You will see flashing placed around dormer windows, skylights, roof vents, pipe vents, and chimney flashing.
If you look at the flashing in these areas, you may notice cracks. Even small cracks will cause weather leaking. The flashing could also be rusted or may have come loose and broken the seal.
Gutters Clogged Up
If there is debris backed up in the gutters, water cannot flow freely through them. When this happens, this water leaks onto the roof and under the roof's edge. This will result in water getting into your attic causing damage to the walls and mold will build up.
Climb up onto your roof and inspect the gutters. If they are full of leaves and other debris, you can use a small hand shovel to get them out. If there is a lot, you can use a leaf blower or a garden hose. Do not use a power washer for this, as you could easily damage the gutters, as well as your roof.
If you find problems keeping your gutters free of debris, you can purchase gutter guards. These are placed over the gutters to protect them from this debris. These guards have a mesh covering to allow for air circulation.
Contact a roofing contractor, like those at Rainy Day Exteriors, to come to your home if you have any kind of roof leak. A professional can determine what the problem is and repair it quickly. If your roof is old, they will likely suggest that you install a new one. This way you will not have to worry about problems in the future.