Your roof is exposed to wear and tear in all kinds of weather. So occasionally, leaks happen. Here are some common problems that can cause roof leaks.
1. Broken Shingles
It seems obvious, but look up at your roof. Do you see different colored patches? If so, one or more shingles may be missing. If you have recently had a heavy storm, you may even find shingles in your yard. Even if shingles are partially broken or damaged, they need to be repaired.
2. Cracked Flashing
The thin pieces of metal that cover a seam or joint on the roof are called flashing. Flashing is used around the chimney, vent stacks, or where two different roof planes meet. When the flashing becomes weak, corroded, and cracked, rain gets in and you have a leak.
3. Chimney Cracks
Chimney cracks are often caused by weather issues, such as a cycle of freezing and thawing. Cracking may occur in the brick, the mortar, or both.
4. Faulty skylights
There are two main problems associated with skylights. Improper measuring or installation, so that the skylight does not fit properly, or bad insulation around the edges of the skylight. In addition, the joints and flashings around the skylight may cause leaks. These leaks are usually easy to identify. Just look for leaks or wet spots around the edges of the skylight.
5. Clogged Gutters
The purpose of your gutters is to help water flow away from the roof. If you see leaves piled up in your gutters, or notice that no water is coming out of the downspout when it is raining, your gutters may be clogged. When that happens, rainwater will stay on the roof and seep in through cracks.
Don’t let small roof leaks become a big problem. Proper maintenance, regular inspections, and prompt repairs will keep your roof in good shape and keep long-term costs to a minimum. If you need a roof repair then contact the experts at Moore Construction today. We specialize in new roof installation, replacements and much more.