Having a roof above your head, literally and figuratively, gives you peace of mind. Your roof protects you from dangers that can be found outdoors. It follows then that the best way to protect yourself from the elements is to take care of your roof. Prevent and nip them the bud by staying vigilant against the most common causes of roof leaks.
1 - Age
Roof materials, unfortunately, are not like wine—they do not get better with age. While some roof materials’ lifespan could last up to 40 years, constant exposure to the weather can wear out even the strongest materials. Asphalt shingles, however, are most vulnerable to aging. They can turn brittle and crack, thereby causing leakage.
2 - Missing Shingles
Strong winds often take one or two shingles in their wake. Though a missing shingle does not seem to be major damage, it will almost certainly lead to a leak in the next rainstorm. It is advisable to have shingles replaced as soon as possible.
3 – Holes
A lot of things can happen to roofs. Animals, tree branches, or missing roofing nails can cause holes to form in it. The size of the hole does not matter—any hole will cause your roof to leak. Leaks caused by smaller holes, however, may not be noticeable right away, but they can grow and cause major damage.
4 – Flashing
Flashing refers to the thin sheets of metal that are attached to the roof and the chimney. However, flashing can rust, crack, or be detached when not properly sealed. When any of those things start to happen to your roof’s flashing, the space between the chimney and the roof will let water in, which could ruin the internal structure and insulation of your home.
5 – Debris
Leaves, twigs, pine needles, and other things that may get stuck in your roof and gutters will impede the free flow of water. When water gets stuck, they will seep into the roofing material and into your house. To prevent roof leakage, keep your roof clear of tree branches and always get rid of debris in gutters so water flows freely during rainstorms.
6 – Complex Roof Architecture
A complex roof looks aesthetically pleasing, but it is a common cause of roof leakage. Upper roofs drain water directly onto lower roofs, which causes the latter to get saturated with water. In turn, this leads to excess moisture and, eventually, leaks. Additionally, since there are a lot of valleys and corners, some of them may not be properly sealed. Correct downspout structure and regular maintenance are imperative for complex roof architectures.
The best ways to prevent roof leakage are to get regular checkups and have proper maintenance work done. Prepare for rainstorms and winter season by having a qualified roofing contractor check your roof for any of these issues and address them thoroughly before they worsen. Contact Wilkinson Roofing now and schedule inspections and repairs for your roof.