If you do not have a contractor maintaining your roof or getting a roof report carried out then you are more likely going to get roof leaks.
Every Day Causes Of Rook Leaks
Escaped water or a constant dampness can pose a real threat the integrity of your property.
Your timber areas may rot, your insulation may lose its effectiveness and if left untreated it can turn in to a headache and a big job to repair.
Unfortunately, fixing a roof leak is not always a simple matter as unless it has reached an advanced stage, the source of the leak may not be obvious.
We take a look at some of the most likely places you may find a roof leak along with a checklist of the tell-tall signs to watch out for.
It can be very frustrating to figure out whats wrong, particularly because the spots where you notice signs of leakage usually don’t correspond to where the leak actually is.
Where Should You Look If You A Notice A Leak
Plumbing Vents/Roof Vents
A plumbing vent pipe is a common culprit for leaks.
Often the rubber on the vent will be worn or torn, nails will be loose or missing or the base will have a crack.
If any of these issues are present, water will be able to enter roof along the pipe.
Flashing is the thin metal sheet that covers transition points in your roof.
These areas of the roof are most vulnerable and that is why flashing is so important. If flashing becomes corroded or damaged, this is when leaks will appear.
These are holes that are left over from a satellite dish or antenna mounted on your roof and can be a sneaky cause of leaks.
You may think that a leak is coming from your roof but it is a good idea to inspect around the windows, corner boards and siding for cracks, damage and holes.
Leaky skylights are pretty common and it is definitely something you should keep an eye on.
Leaks can come down the sides of poorly fitted skylights and rubber seal around the glass can dry out and wear out which will ruin the water barrier.
Chimneys can be a point of weakness when it comes to your roof.
Water can pool around it and find lots of ways into your home.
Flashing around your chimney is also common and can cause chimney related leaks.
Soffit and Fascia
Soffits are the metal or wooden panels along the underside of a roof between the siding and the roofline.
Fascia are the metal or wooden board along the roofline or behind the gutter.
These areas can rot or degrade over time, causing holes.
When the damage starts to spread, you may see leaks in your home.
It is important to keep soffits and fascias well maintained.
Shingles don’t last forever.
They usually aren’t the first place you should look for a leak, but once they are old and worn enough, the can become a problem.
If your roof is old you my need to replace it entirely. You do not need to wait until your roof actually has a leak!
Proper roof maintenance can stop problems in their tracks and prevent the damage from spreading.
Get Your Roof Checked Over
If you have a leaking roof and would like us to check over your roof to determine where the leak is coming from, get in touch with us.