We are all familiar with the scattered buckets placed around homes to water dripping from the ceiling. However, the ceiling likely isn’t the problem. More than likely, your roof is to blame. Knowing what’s likely to cause roof leaks can help you prevent them. Recognizing the likely culprit for an ongoing leak can save tons of money on possible damages.
What should you do if you don’t know the source of your moisture issues? It’s best to consult an expert, but there are a few things you might be able to diagnose yourself.
Here are the 4 most common causes of roof leaks:
1. Damaged Shingles
Shingles are the first line of defense against moisture trying to get into your home. When they are sound, singles cause the water to roll off your roof, into your gutters, and away from your home. Damaged shingles can lead to all types of problems. Fortunately, shingle damage is the most likely source of your roofing leak and the easiest to diagnose.
2. Clogged Gutters
The source of your leak may not be on the roof at all. There’s a chance that clogged gutters can lead to further moisture complications. When gutters don’t function sufficiently, they can’t transport water away from your home. Even worse, if your gutters are packed with detritus, the added weight of water can cause them to sag and cause further damage to your home.
3. Broken Flashing
Flashing is a thin layer of waterproof material that keeps moisture out of your home. When flashing is installed and functioning correctly, it works with your roof and siding to preserve your home. When your flashing is broken, water will find a way into your home and can cause costly damages.
4. Old Age and Neglect
Sometimes your roof leaks because it’s well past its serviceable age. Most shingled roofs can last 20-25 years when they are maintained appropriately. If it’s been a while since you replaced your roof or if you don’t know when your roof was last replaced, it might be time to think about contacting a roofing specialist.
Shingle problems, stuffed gutters, busted flashing, and an aged roof are easy enough to identify, but there are a number of other issues that could be to blame for your roof leaks. Need a professional assessment?
Contact Timeless Roofing Solutions to speak to an experienced specialist.