Main Causes of Roof Leaks

Roofs are one of the most important parts of a house, and if your roof has a leak then a heavy rainstorm can become a nightmare for you. Roof leaks are normal, but they can be prevented if proper measures are taken to detect the part of the roof that is leaking. 

Detecting a roof leak is not an easy task as most of the roofs are made of extra layers of protection due to which it is hard to decide which layer of the roof is faulty and needs repair work. We asked the experts at Cavalry Roofing in Raleigh North Carolina what are some of the main causes of roof leaks, and here’s what they told us:

Broken Flashing

Flashings are those pieces of metal that are fixed on most of the joints on your roof. Although flashing is sealed to prevent water from entering into your home, over time the flashings can crack or get out of place, and water can make its way into your home through gaps in the flashings. To prevent this issue, you need to consult a roofing professional who can fix your flashings as repairing flashings on your own can be dangerous and ineffective if not done properly.

Broken Shingles

Shingles are tiles that provide an extra layer to the roof. They are found on the outer side of the roof which makes them very easy to detect if they are broken. Shingles can be affected by harsh weather, and if your area experiences periodic hurricanes then it is possible that your shingles are already broken. If your shingles are out of position, you can repair them yourself by nailing them down, but if they are totally destroyed, then you need to replace them with new shingles, which also means you might need to consider completely changing all the shingles on your roof by a professional roofing company. 

Deteriorated Vents

Rooftop vents are normally located toward the top of your roof, and they’re for the purpose of expelling excess moisture that can accumulate in your attic. Rooftop vents are regularly fixed by putting some blazing around the opening and slipping a tight, rain boot over the zone where the channel looks out of the rooftop. After some time, the flashing can break or the rooftop can rot.

Age of Roof

Over time, roofing material can deteriorate. Harsh climate, temperature changes, and sunlight can likewise increase the potential for weakening the materials, making it easier for water to seep in. 

Poor installation or materials

One of the most widely recognized reasons for leaks is poor workmanship. If an inexperienced roofing contractor does a poor job of affixing the materials, or the materials themselves are of poor quality, then leaks will be the rule, not the exception. It’s extremely important to thoroughly vet anyone you hire to ensure that they are extremely experienced, the materials they’re using are high quality, and they offer both service and product guarantees.