The Most Common Causes for Roof Leaks

No one enjoys finding out that their roof is leaking on a rainy day. Roof leaks can cause significant damage to your home if they aren’t discovered and repaired right away.

To fix a current leak, or to prevent one from starting, learn about the common causes of leaks:

Causes of Roof Leaks

You May Have Condensation in Your Attic

Because your attic isn’t used as often as other rooms of the house, it’s not uncommon to experience a build-up in condensation. If your attic leaks, you’ll most likely notice signs of mold growth. This build-up happens because your attic is in the in-between zone of being inside and being outside. When you experience hot summers and cold winters, it’s not surprising that there is a condensation build-up.

To prevent excessive mold growth and condensation in your attic, take time to do routine checkups, and isolate your attic to avoid fluctuations in temperatures.

Check for Cracked Flashing

The thin pieces of metal that are installed under the shingles and on the joints of your roof to create a water-resistant barrier are called flashings. If a leak occurs in your roof, one of the first things you should do is check the flashing at the root of the leak. Over time, flashings can dry and crack, causing large leaks.

The Age of Your Roof

The older your roof gets, the more likely it’s going to deteriorate and become less effective. Over time, your roof can become sensitive to different weather conditions and temperatures and can even cause your roof to become weak and crack. Make sure you’re paying attention to the type of roof you have and its expectancy to ensure that you are replacing it when needed.

Your Skylights Were Improperly Installed

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to pinpoint if you have leaking coming from your skylight. There are a few reasons why this might happen. First, your skylight may have been improperly installed. Second, there may be some form of decay in the insulation along the edges of the skylight.

If you think it may be time for a roof repair, or even a roof replacement, Roof Smith can help you. We’ll take a look at your roof and figure out which option is best for you. Call us at 575-799-3120!

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