4 Possible Reasons Your Roof Is Leaking

22 November 2019
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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Nobody wants to wake up to water dripping from your ceiling. However, if you have a leaky roof, it's important to fix the issue as soon as possible to prevent further water damage to your home. Keep reading for a few of the reasons behind your leaking roof.

1. You Have Missing Shingles

Missing shingles are an obvious cause of a leaky roof. If the shingle is missing, your roof doesn't have the necessary protection to keep water from entering your home. Your roofing contractor can replace a few missing shingles with ease. However, if you're missing a significant portion of your shingles, it might be more cost-effective to replace your roof. 

2. Your Shingles are Damaged

If your shingles have holes in them or are cracked, this provides another possible entry point for moisture to enter. Depending on the severity of the shingle damage, it might be possible to replace the shingle rather than replacing it.

You or your roofing professional will need to apply a layer of roofing sealant to the bottom and top of the crack. You can then sprinkle roofing granules across the repaired shingles to camouflage the sealant. 

3. You Gutters are Clogged

Clogged gutters are another prevalent cause of a leaky roof. When your gutters are clogged by leaves and debris, water can't flow freely away from your roof. This leads to water accumulating on your roof. Over time, this accumulation will damage your roof's shingles.

In addition to repairing the damage caused by your clogged gutters, you need to clean the gutters to remove the clog. To clean the gutters, insert a plumbing snake to remove the clog. Then, flush the gutter with water to remove any remaining leaves or debris. 

4. Your Flashing is Cracked

Your roof consists of multiple components. One of these components is referred to as the flashing. Roof flashing is a thin layer of metal that your roofer installs underneath your roof's shingles and around the joints of your roof. 

The flashing is the component that makes your roof completely waterproof. If it's damaged, water will leak through your shingles and into your home. When your flashing is the source of the water leak, it's likely due to problems with the sealing of the flashing. The sealing may have eroded due to age, or it might have been damaged due to stress from the elements.

Your roofer can fix your cracked flashing by resealing it. This is a fairly labor-intensive job that requires a lot of time on your roof; for these reasons, it's usually best left to a roofing expert.

For more information, contact a roofing contractor.