Roof leaks are not only inconvenient, but they could also mean that you have a serious roofing issue on your hands. Fortunately, many of the issues that lead to roof leaks are easily repaired. Here are some of the most common causes of roof leaks and how to avoid them:
Most homes are fitted with either asphalt shingles or roof tiles made of clay, concrete, or slate. If one or more of these tiles break, that could leave the underlying structure of your roof exposed to the elements. You may be able to spot broken tiles simply by looking at your roof from the street, however, sometimes they are less noticeable. Damage to your roof tiles can occur for several reasons. Some homeowners accidentally damage their roof by standing on it to install holiday lights or to adjust a satellite dish. A professional roofing contractor can safely climb on top of your roof to determine whether or not you have any damaged tiles that need to be replaced.
If you have attic vents on top of your roof, they should e fitted with flashing or rubber boots to keep moisture out of your attic. However, this flashing can fail over time with natural wear from sun and rain exposure. If you are having your roof inspected regularly, your roofing contractor should be able to catch problems with your vent flashing before they turn into inconvenient roof leaks. The good news is that repairing vent flashing and boots is typically not terribly expensive. The fix typically involves replacing the boot and sealing the area with caulk.
Leaves, dirt, and other debris can collect in your gutters over time. When gutters are not cleaned out on a regular basis, it could lead to a clog. Clogged gutters can cause water to pool on top of your roof when it rains. Eventually, there will be so much water on top of your roof that it will begin to make its way through to your home. By simply cleaning out your gutters on a regular basis, you can avoid a costly roof leak down the road.
If you have a fireplace in your home, then you will want to have the integrity of your chimney inspected periodically. Over time, the mortar used to build up your brick chimney can become cracked. If cracks occur where the chimney meets the roof, it could expose part of the area under your roof. In time, water and even pests will be able to make their way into this opening.
If you have moisture collecting in your attic, it could result in a huge problem. A leaky attic is a breeding ground for mold and mildew. A mold problem can be very bad for your family’s health. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that they have a mold problem until it has spread quite a bit throughout their home. Condensation can occur in your attic for a few reasons. Most commonly, moisture will form when the weather begins to change from one season to another. To avoid issues with mold, it’s important that you make sure that you have proper ventilation in place in your attic.