There are a few things that can cause a roof to leak, so it’s important to have a professional inspect your roof and determine the cause of the leak. Once we know the cause of the leak, we can fix it quickly and efficiently.
No matter the cause, it’s important to get them fixed as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your home. Here are four common causes of leaks in your roof:
1. Severe Weather
Severe weather is one of the most common causes of leaks in roofs. High winds can loosen or break shingles, while hail can damage the shingles and leave them more susceptible to leaking. Heavy rains can also cause leaks by pooling on the roof and seeping through any cracks or holes.
2. Faulty Installation
If your roof was not installed properly, it is more likely to leak. This is because shingles may not be properly sealed, nails may be loose, and there may be other areas where the roof is not properly secured. If your home is new, it’s important to have the roof inspected to ensure that it was installed correctly.
3. Age and Wear
Over time, roofs can become worn down and damaged, making them more likely to leak. Shingles can crack or break, allowing water to seep through. Flashings can also become cracked or loosen over time, creating gaps for water to enter. If your roof is more than 20 years old, it’s important to have it inspected regularly to check for any signs of wear and tear.
4. Poor Maintenance
If your roof is not properly maintained, it is more likely to leak. This means that you should regularly clean your gutters and downspouts, trim trees near your home, and repair any damaged shingles as soon as possible. By taking these simple steps, you can help prevent leaks in your roof.