My Roof is Leaking. Why?
Do you wonder, “Why is my roof leaking?”
Every homeowner fears a leaking roof. It could be the mystery surrounding the source, the damage it may cause, or simply not knowing why. It doesn’t matter what reason; it’s important to determine where your roof leaks so that you can stop further damage to your home.
Three things to do if you suspect that your roof may be leaking:
1. Relax, it’ll all be okay!
2. Take note of any roof leaks.
3. Schedule a roof examination!
If the leak is severe enough, you may want to use the bucket. First, let’s be clear: there are a dozen possible reasons your roof could be leaky. We’ll show you what these might look like and how to fix them.
Here are the Top 10 Reasons Why Your Roof is Leaking
Over the years, we’ve seen many roof leaks, and we can narrow it down to at least ten reasons. Some roof leaks can be challenging to spot but knowing the signs can help you catch them early and prevent costly water damage to your home.
1) Damaged or missing Shingles
Missing or damaged roof shingles are the leading cause of roof leakage. These can be caused by strong winds, severe conditions, or even poor installation. The wind can damage shingles and become cracked, dented, or lifted. It’s easy to replace a single shingle with the right tools. If your roof is severely damaged, it’s possible to replace it yourself.
2 – Holes in Your Roof
The weather, rodents, insects, or tree branches that fell on your roof may have caused a hole in your roof. Even the most minor holes can lead to extensive damage if left untreated. You might be able to repair holes in your home using caulk or sealant if you are handy.
3 – Your Roof Is Old
Your home’s protection can be affected by the roof’s wear and tear and age. Old roofs are less resilient to the elements than when they were installed. These signs might be visible on an old roof:
a) Curled Shingles
b) Flashing or rusted nails
It is possible to track the date your roof will reach its intended lifespan if you know how old it was when you bought your house. Regular roof maintenance can prolong the life expectancy of your roof and help you avoid costly repairs or replacements.
4) Damaged or Clogged Gutters
Your roofing maintenance includes keeping your gutters clean. If your gutters and downspouts become clogged, water will not go anywhere but into your roof through your drip edge or under your roofing shingles. After a rainstorm, keep an eye on your downspouts. If you don’t see water or debris, it may be clogged. To clear the clog, climb a ladder if it is safe.
5) Ice Dams
A spring thaw can lead to roof leaks, most likely caused by ice dams. Insufficient roof insulation or ventilation can also lead to ice dams. If your roof leaks heat in winter, it melts snow on top, and this causes it to refreeze at the bottom and creates ice dams. You may have more severe roof problems if you have recurring issues with ice dams each winter. In the meantime, it is a good idea to hire a contractor to safely remove your ice dams and inspect the roof for any further damage.
6) Frost or Moisture trapped in the Attic
A roof leak can also be caused by moisture or frost buildup in the Attic. The following are some causes of frost or moisture in an attic:
a) improper ventilation
b) Condensation on cold surfaces
c) Leakage of water in your home
If you suspect this is the case, you can look for water spots on your ceilings or walls. Your insulation can also be checked for moisture and frost in your Attic. You may have a leaky roof if it is soggy or flattened. You can determine the severity of the problem by looking at moist areas on your ceiling.
7) Burst Pipe
A leaky roof might not always cause water spots on the ceiling. Your Attic and upper floors may have many plumbing pipes. You could face severe water damage if your pipes burst or leak during winter. If your pipes burst during winter, it could be an indication that you need to re-insulate.
8) Damaged Flashing
Flashing should be one of the first things you do on your roof. Flashing is used around skylights, chimneys, pipes, boots, and other roofing elements. Flashing creates a waterproof seal around your edges to keep water out of the shingles. Due to hail, wind, and rain, flashing can crack or become loose over time. This is when your roof will be more susceptible to water damage from rain. Although it may be necessary to repair or replace your flashing more than once, it is essential to keep your home and Attic dry and free from water damage.
9) Pipe Boots or Vents Damaged
Vents and pipe boots can also become damaged by weather, age, and the elements, and it could indicate that your vent or pipe boots need to be replaced. Vents are an integral part of roof ventilation systems and must be in good shape to allow hot air to escape. This quick and inexpensive process will save you tons of hassle and money down the line.
10) Roof Slope Problems
Last, your roof’s slope can impact how well it sheds water. If your roof is too steep, it may shed more rain than necessary. A low-slope roof can shed snow and rain too slowly, leading to pooled water, snow, or ice that can lead to leaks. An inspection will help determine if your roof is leaking, and a professional contractor can help you fix it.
How to Fix a Leaking Roof
AMI Builders in Raleigh & Fuquay Varina can help you if your roof is leaky, regardless of the reason. AMI Builders has experience with roof leaks due to any of these reasons and more. We know where to look for water damage and how to quickly fix or replace your roof.
You won’t have a leaky roof long. Request your FREE quote as soon as you see the sign.
If unsure, contact AMI Builders near Raleigh and Fuqua Varina to fix or replace your leaking gutters. We can conduct a thorough inspection to ensure your home is safe from water penetrations or other damage. Call us today (984) 213-4244 for a free inspection!