The last thing you want to hear is that your roof has sprung a leak. Did you pay attention to the warning signs? Many things can contribute to a leaky roof, but the main factor is the weather. Throughout the year, your roof goes through constant heat, rain, sun, and hail exposure. Over time, this can cause your roof to experience wear and tear. In fact, how long has the roof been on your home? Sometimes, it’s just a great idea to upgrade on your roof because of its age. A professional can inspect your roof and alert you to any abnormalities. Before calling a professional roofer, there are a few things you can keep an eye out for on a daily basis.
If your roof’s valleys aren’t sealed this can cause your roof to leak and force water into your home. A professional roofer can examine your roof where it connects. They check for wet spots along the seam of your roof and seal any leaks. Ice or water buildup can contribute to valley leaks, but they can also be caused by poor installation. In fact, the valley of your roof should always be clear of debris, leaves, and tree limbs to avoid birds or rodents nesting on your roof. A professional can spot an entryway on your roof that is used by pests to enter your home.
Is your roof vent leaking? The vent is the pipe-like object sticking out of your roof, and it’s used to catch the moisture in your home. If you’re experiencing leaks in this area, it could be the flashing used to seal the vent or the actual boot cover. When your roof vent is leaking, it’s usually accompanied by dark spots at the leak area. Condensation in the attic, a cracked chimney, or improperly installed skylights can contribute to leaks in your roof and should be assessed by a professional.
Missing shingles are the number one cause of leaks. Luckily, this problem is usually easy for home owners to detect. The fact that you have shingles littering your yard after a storm is a sign that your roof probably needs replacement shingles or an entirely new roof.
Clogged gutters can also create leaks by prohibiting the flow of water. The water gets trapped and eventually spreads out to the cracks in the roof and creates leaks. It is generally recommended that homeowners have their gutters cleaned twice a year to avoid clogging. A professional roofer can also detect trouble spots on your roof as a result of a clogged gutters.
An aged roof is also a reason to have your roof replaced. In fact, asphalt material is quicker to age and cause leaks than any other type of roofing material. A professional roofer can inspect your roof and let you know if your roof is old enough to need repair or replacement. Don’t wait until the last minute to have your roof replaced. If you notice leaks or damp spots on your ceiling, call early to avoid costly future repairs.