A roof’s primary job is to keep the outside out, and the inside in. Probably the most important part of that mission? Keeping the rain out. So when you find the tell-tale signs of water making it into your home, dread and panic might take hold. Roof leaks must be acted on quickly, so your best option is to immediately contact a roofing specialist. They can often provide a free estimate, which includes the source of the leak and cost to repair it. While waiting, try and figure out where the water is coming from.
False Alarms of Leaking Roofs
When you spot water damage on your ceiling, hear the drip-drip-drip of water in your drywall, or find strange pools of water in rooms where there shouldn’t be any, most people’s first thought is: leaking roof. However, your home is a complicated structure, so unless you can immediately spot the problem, it’s worth looking at:
- Improper Ventilation of Attic Spaces: Without proper ventilation of your attic, moisture in your home will rise to the attic space and condensate, dripping back into your home.
- Leaking AC or HVAC System: Especially during summer, it’s worth checking your cooling systems for leakage.
- Leaking Pipes: While many homeowners don’t realize it, ceilings and floors also contain water piping, which can be further complicated by water traveling horizontally before leaking to down below.
All of these problems are not connected to the roof (though in the case of improper ventilation, most roofing companies can help install attic ventilation).
Seven Most Likely Sources of Roof Leaks
While not exhaustive, below are the most common sources of leaks you will encounter in your home. Some of these are caused by weather, some by wear, and some by the improper installation of the roof, roof repairs, or new roof feature installations.
Damage to Shingles: Cracking and missing shingles allow water free reign into your home. Over time shingles will also deteriorate and warp, causing the same problems.
Damage and Deterioration to Flashing: Can be damaged in bad weather, or normal wear and tear. Some flashing is health with seals or caulking, which can deteriorate over time.
Improper Installation: Not only shingles, but improper installation of the valley flashing, utility collars, chimney flashing, and skylight flashing can cause major leaks.
Ice Dams: Ice freezes at the edge of your roof, channeling water under the eaves of your home instead.
Wind Driven Rain: High winds can drive rain water almost horizontally into your home, including through outside ventilation (learn more here).
Standing Water: Water that ponds on your roof spells trouble: constant contact with water will cause shingles to deteriorate and underneath structure to rot.
Debris Buildup: Leaves, pine needles, sticks and branches, or other debris that can trap moisture on the roof have a similar effect to standing water.
When it comes to roof leaks, one you spot the leak or having trouble locating it, it’s time to call the experts. All Weather Tite are expert roofers servicing the New England Area, with the expertise to locate and repair roof leaks, as well as partial or full roof replacement. Contact us today to get started and get yourself out of the rain.