Not only is having to stay on top of the weather forecast annoying and impractical, but that one small drip symbolizes a larger roofing issue – and we all know that roofing issues mean an investment of time and money.
Roof leaks are very common and you need to know what to look out for and how to fix it.
Some people think that when they get a roof repair or a complete new roof that it is going to last them 10-15 years, but sometimes that is not the case, especially with the weather that we get. Roof maintenance is key and some customers may not know how to maintain.
This blog will outline causes of rook leaks and how to fix them.
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Causes Of Rook Leaks And How To Fix Them
#1 Your Gutters Are Clogged Up
Your gutters are meant to help water travel away from the roof. When a blockage forms and they get clogged, that travel stops. Rainwater will then pool in one area of the roof and have more of an opportunity to seep through cracks.
One way to fix it would be to get up on a ladder and get stuck in there with your hands. The leaves will be clogging up and sticking out, but if not, you should notice the lack of water trickling out of a downspout when raining.
#2 The Flashing Has Cracked
Flashing are thin pieces of metal that are installed under shingles and on the joints of your roof in order to create a water-resistant barrier, which can be concealed or exposed.
If exposed, they will look like long runs of sheet metal and, if concealed, they will have a rubberized coating overtop.
So how do you fix it?
Well lift any shingles out of the way and remove the cracked segment. Gently put a new run of flashing in its place, fasten the new flashing in the same pattern as your old piece using roofing nails. Then, apply a coat of roofing sealant to the nail heads.
#3 You Have Broken Shingles
Since shingles are the exterior layer of a roof, you should be able to identify missing shingles by seeing different-colored patches on your roof. Alternatively, you may find the shingles themselves littering your yard after a heavy storm.
To fix it, simply pull out the damaged shingle, replace it with a new one, and secure it with new nails.
#4 Your Chimney Is Cracked
Wear and tear is the most common cause of a chimney to be cracked. You can also look for holes in the joints where the chimney connects to the roof and also loose flashings.
For a repair, it is ideal that you contact a professional company to handle the repairs.
Get Yours Checked Today
We would highly recommend you get your roof checked today in order to make sure your roof is sealed and secured properly to avoid leaks.
It may cost you quite a bit however this is a wise investment we encourage you to make.