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Roof Leaks: Common Causes

May 12

Roof Leaks: Common Causes


No matter how big or tiny their house is, roof leaks are the worst thing that can happen. It is hard to imagine anyone wanting to spend their time searching for a drip hose every time it rains. Not only does it make it difficult to keep up on the weather forecasts but also makes it more expensive to fix roofing problems.


To save money on your roofing investment, we have created a list listing the Most Common Causes Of Roof Leaks. We'll show you how they can occur, why they happen, and what to do about them. roofing contractor Katy Tx

1. There is a crack in Your Flashing


What it looks Like: Flashing refers to a thin sheet of metal that is applied under shingles and at roof joints to provide water resistance. It can be concealed or exposed. They can be seen as long sheet metal runs, or hidden under shingles. Broken flashing can show large cracks.


Roofers use tar to secure flashing. But tar can corrode. The flashing can become brittle if it is left exposed to wind or rain.


2. Your Shingles Broken


The Look of It: Take a lookup! It's easy enough to spot this one. By looking for different-colored patches, you can easily spot missing roof shingles. The shingles can be found in your yard after a terrible storm.


Why it Happens: Again, it is due to the weather. High winds and heavy rain are likely.


How to Fix It: Use a pry bar and pull the nail that connects the damaged row to the one below. Push down on each shingle until the nail pops. Continue to do the same with the other nails. The broken shingle should be removed and replaced with a new one. Four new nails are needed to secure it.


3. Your Valleys Don't Get Sealed Properly


What it looks and feels like: The roof section where two roofing planes meet. These areas are frequently sloped and rainwater can easily get inside. If you notice damp patches on your roof, it is possible that there is a problem.


What Causes It: There are many reasons for it. For example, the sealing may not be done correctly or may have cracked underfoot. Or it could have eroded due to the excessive rain and ice.


How to Fix it. Because of its complexity, this should only be done by professionals. We strongly discourage you from trying to fix it yourself. Your roofer can fix it by installing a leak barrier in the valley and shingling on top.


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4. Your Car's Vent Booting Has Cracked


Roof vents can be described as little pipes protruding from your roof. They are used in order to dry out the interior of the house. The most likely outcome of a leak from this location is dark areas (and mustiness).


Why does it happen? Roof vents are often sealed using flashing wrapped around the opening, and a tight rubber boot placed over the protruding pipe from the roof. The roof might deteriorate or crack the flashing.


(Via. DIY Guy). How to Fix it: Use a knife and remove the rubber at the vent. You can use a prybar or a knife to remove the seals from any connected shingles. To install the new rubber boots, place them on the roof. You can then seal the shingles with caulk and attach the boot to the roof using roofing nails. Consider purchasing additional shingles to make the repair of broken shingles easier.


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5. You've got an Ice Dam on Your Hands


An ice dam is an ice layer that forms around the roof's edge. It prevents melting snow and water from draining away. The roof's surface can become brittle due to both the weight and the amount of water it holds.


Why Does it Happen? Because your attic heat (and the rest of your house) is above freezing, some snowfall melts despite the cold outside temperature. The water will then travel between the roof’s surface and the snow. It will eventually reach the roof’s outside edge and will turn into ice.


How to Fix It? Get a roof rake. This is similar to a long-handled sideways shovel. Use it to reach up onto the roof and remove snow to the roof edge. If you notice ice building up, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to use an Ice Melt product. As winter nears, prepare to find a method for clearing the snow off your roof.


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Katy, Texas

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