One of your biggest investments is your home. Here are 8 causes of roof leaks that could negatively affect your home and your investment. Keeping an eye on these issues could be the difference between doing a major remodel or quick repair.
1. Gutters Clogged
Gutters are on your home to help water travel away from the roof. With a blockage, they get clogged and the travel stops. Then, rainwater pools in one area of the roof and can create a leak. If you see leaves sticking out of a gutter, know that is a good sign showing the blockage. They need to be removed and cleaned out.
2. Improperly Installed Skylights
Skylights are beautiful but can be a major problem if they leak. There are two main causes of a skylight leak. Decayed insulation along the skylights edges or improperly measuring and fitting the skylights upon installation. These are easy to spot. Leaks and wet spots are the signs. If the leak is near the top of a skylight, this could indicate a flashing issue.
3. Chimney Cracked
Along the mud cap, or mortared area around the top of the chimney look for signs of wear and tear. Also, look for holes in the mortared joints where the chimney connects with the roof. In harsh weather conditions, mortar erodes easily.
4. Shingles Broken
Florida heavy winds and rains can do a number on your shingles. This one is easy to spot. You can identify missing shingles by seeing different-colored patches on your roof. Also, look around your yard for shingles.
5. Vent Booting Crack
Small pipes sticking out of the top of your roof are roof vents. Leaks leave dark spots and mustiness. Flashing are used to seal roof vents around the opening and slipping a tight, rubber boot over the area where the pipe peeks out of the roof. Flashing over time can break or the roof can decay.
6. Cracked Flashing
The tar that seals the flashing together can corrode with harsh weather. Flashing creates a water-resistant barrier, which can be concealed or exposed. Flashing are thin pieces of metal that are installed under shingles and on the joints of your roof. Broken flashing will feature large cracks.
7. Condensation in Attic
Condensation in your attic will form and moisture will follow especially during extreme hot summers and cold winters. A sign of a leak is mold growth or mildew which will give off a strong, musty odor from the attic.
8. Improperly Sealed Valleys
The Roof valley is an area where two planes of roof come together which are usually sloped. Rainwater can get inside as it runs down the roof if the valleys are not sealed together properly. Search for wet spots that run along the seams of your roof to detect a problem.
No. 1 Home Roofing is a family owned and operated roofing company conveniently located on US Highway 19 in Palm Harbor, Florida. We are dedicated to providing top quality workmanship and materials to ensure that your new roof is done right. We specialize in shingle, tile, and flat roof installation, repairs, and maintenance. Contact us for an appointment and/or estimate at 727-781-7663.