4 common causes of roof leaks:

10 Reasons Why Your Roof is Leaking

A roof leaks can cause far more than just an annoying drip from your ceiling, they can damage your attic insulation, completely change the structure of your roof or lead to the chance of mold and mildew growth across your home. Roof leaks and roof repairs that you delay can lead to a series of energy efficiency issues as well. These types of roof leaks are caused by a series of issues and once you start to notice the look of a roof leak is very important that you contact a professional about fixing up your leaking roof as soon as possible. Here are some of the most common causes of a roof leak:

Worn-out shingles:

Your shingles will wear out over time and if your roof is over 20 years old it’s likely that you’ll start to see the signs of aging in your shingles first. Aging such as running or cracking in your roof will cause your shingles to come loose and fall down over time which will expose your roofing materials. A weakened outer layer can expose the underlayment and then continued exposure to the elements will eventually wear layers away from your roof to the point where you may need serious repairs. It’s definitely less costly to ignore these repairs but if done properly, you can extend the lifespan of your roof over a few years. 

Roofing nails begin to back out:

Roofing nails can also wear out over time and when roofing nails begin to back out, this leaves small holes were water can easily penetrate into your roof. If the males are backing out along the edge of your roof where wind driven rain can enter, you’ll start to see ongoing drips and issues with your roofing system. The little holes from back out roofing nails are virtually unnoticeable but when your roof is inspected by a professional roofer, it’s easy to catch these issues and make sure that you can replace the issue fast. 

Boots and plumbing vents:

Plumbing vents have areas which are called a boot and this area protrudes away from the roofing system and is protected by flashing. Continued exposure to the outside through these plumbing vents will eventually cause cracks in this rubber system and this means that regular maintenance will need to take place on these plumbing systems to prevent easy areas where your roof could be exposed. 

Dislodged flashing:

A piece of flashing is metal that protects the valleys where the roof meets along vertical surfaces. Flashing is also placed along the walls and dormers. The flashing in your roof can be commonly dislodged and this will often lead to areas where your roof will be exposed and you can start to see ongoing leaks throughout your roofing systems. It’s easy to see how flashing could expose a roof when storm damage occurs and if you spot flashing on the ground, you will need to call a roof repair specialist right away.

If you’re beginning to notice some of these top issues with your roof, you’ll need to contact an experienced roofing contractor right away. Spotting the signs early and before you start to notice the signs of water inside your home can help to prevent major structural damage in the chance that you could be facing ongoing problems with your roof. Contact us as soon as you start to see loose roofing materials or as soon as you begin to notice the earliest signs of problems with your roof. Its also advantageous to schedule a regular yearly maintenance inspection to check in on the status of your roof and its materials.This post was written by a roofing professional at KCG Roofing. KCG Roofing is a premier roofing contractor that does Brandon roofing! KCG Roofing has the experience and expertise to replace or repair your roof with quality materials and excellent craftsmanship. All our roofs are backed by a 15-year leak-free guarantee, the highest in the industry. We have been family-owned and operated for over 40 years.

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