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Common Causes of Roof Leaks

May 12

Common Causes of Roof Leaks

By Katy Roof Repair

No matter how big or small your home is, a roof leaking is something that no one wants. No one wants to have to search endlessly for a drip bucket each time it rains. Not only is it impossible and inconvenient to keep track of the weather, but even a small drop could indicate a larger roofing issue - and we all know that roofing troubles can take time and money.

 

To help you save on your investment, we've created a list titled "The Most Common Causes of Roof Leaks". We'll discuss how they appear, what causes them, and how we can prevent them from happening by roofing contractors Katy Tx



1. There's a Crack in Your Flashing

 

What it looks like: A thin sheet of metal called flashing is used to protect roof joints from water damage. They will look like sheet metal in the long run if they are visible. If they are not, they can be hidden with a rubberized coating. Breaked flashing will reveal large cracks.

 

Roofers commonly use tar as glue to keep their flashing together. Over time, however, this can lead to corrosion. Flashing that is left exposed to the elements can be damaged by rain or wind.

 

2. Your Shingles Are Broken

 

What it Looks like: Take a look at the top! It's easy for you to see this one. It is easy to identify missing shingles because shingles are the outer layer of your roof. Look for different-colored patches. You will find the shingles in your yard after a bad storm.

 

Why it happens: The weather is at fault once again. It is possible to expect high winds and heavy rainfall.

 

How to fix it: Use a prybar or a pry rod to remove the row that connects the damaged shingle to its neighbor. To remove the nail, lift it up until it pops. Then press down on your shingle. You can continue with the rest of your nails by doing the same. You can remove the broken shingle, and then replace it with a fresh one. Attach it to your new nail with four new nails.

 

3. Your Valleys Aren’t Sealed Properly

 

What it looks Like: A part of the roof where two roof planes meet. Because these sections are often sloped, rainwater may get in if the valleys of the roof are not properly sealed. You can check your roof seams for damp patches to determine if there is a problem.

 

What Causes It?

 

How to Fix It. This problem is complex and should only be left to professionals. We recommend that you do not attempt this yourself. The issue can be solved by your roofer who will probably install a new valley seal and then add shingling.

 

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4. Your Car's Vent Booting is Cracked

 

Roof vents appear like little pipes rising from the roof. They are used for removing excess moisture from the home's interior. It is almost certain that this area will leak, which can cause darkening and mustiness.

 

Why does this happen? The roof vents can be sealed by wrapping flashing around them and securing a rubber boot to the spot where the pipe meets the roof. Over time, flashing could crack or cause roof damage.

 

(Via, DIY Guy) How To Fix: Use a knife or a sharp object to remove the rubber surrounding the vent. With a pry bar, remove the seal from any connected shingles. You will need to place the new rubber boot under the shingles and on top of the vent. Caulk the shingles under the rubber boot to seal them to new flashing. Finally, fasten the new boots with roofing nails on each side. Buy extra shingles to make repairs easier.

 

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5. You've got an ice dam on your hands

 

An ice dam is a ridge made of ice along the roof edge that prevents melting snow (or water) from draining away. Damage can occur due to the weight of ice as well as from water sitting on top of it.

 

Why is this happening? It happens because of the warmth from your attic and the rest of your home above freezing. This means that some of the snowfall melts in spite of the cold outside temperatures. The water will then flow between the roof's surface & the snow. Once it reaches the roof's edge, it will become ice.

 

How to fix it? Use a roof rake, which is a long-handled shovel sideways, to reach up onto the roof. Remove at least four feet of snow from its edge. Follow the manufacturer's directions if you find an ice dam. You will need to know how to get rid of snow from your roof.

 

Katy Roof Repair

Katy, Texas

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