Common Reasons Why Your Roof Is Leaking

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In terms of a problem with your roof, few things are as significant as a leak. A leak can cause more extensive damage to the roof as well as the interior and exterior spaces around your home. If your roof is leaking, getting to the bottom of the problem should be a top priority.

Damaged Shingles

One of the more common reasons for a leaking roof is damaged shingles. Shingles aren't just a cosmetic enhancement for your roof. They also form somewhat of a protective barrier over the under-layers of a roof.

Consequently, when the shingles are damaged, moisture can seep in through these spaces, travel through the under-layers of the roof and in some instances, make its way throughout other spaces in your home and cause significant damage. Unfortunately, once a shingle is damaged, the best path forward is generally just to replace it as failure to do so will only lead to greater concerns.

Poor Attic Insulation

You may also need to look inside your home for the source of the problem. One thing to look for is poor attic insulation. If you find that your roof only leaks after a period of snow fall, this could be the problem. When you have poor insulation, this causes snow or ice on the roof to melt quickly.

This water will then flow through the surface of the roof and into your home. Water inside your home is the only problem because if the air temperature is still below freezing, the water that isn't able to escape into your home will lead to the formation of ice dams, large ice structures. These large ice structures are very heavy, which will cause additional damage to your roof.

Clogged Gutters

A more practical reason for roof leaking is clogged gutters. When it rains or snows, the role of the gutters is to transport the water off your roof and safely away from your home's foundation. However, when they are clogged, this process cannot occur. The result is moisture being backed-up into your home.

In addition to interior water damage, the excessive water can also damage the under-layers of your roof. Common reasons for clogged gutters are pieces of granule from the roof's shingles, leaves and animal nests. Simply making it a practice to regularly clean the gutters can help you avoid this water collecting.

No matter the reason for your leaking roof, having the issue addressed and the roof repaired, such as by Bob Behrends Roofing & Gutters LLC, are important steps to take.