Common Reasons Your Shingle Roof is Leaking
In the Seattle area, the rainy season has begun, and for many homeowners, hopefully not you, the rain won’t be staying outside. Due to different situations, leaks will allow the outdoor weather to become indoor weather.
Roof leaks are more than a nuisance to homeowners, they’re frustrating, destructive and expensive. One family whose roof began leaking, in about 3 areas, had cedar ceilings in the living room where the leaks began. The leaks left water stains that couldn’t be removed unless the ceiling was replaced. Obviously the homeowners were very unhappy with the resulting look in their living room.
Benefits of a shingle roof…
If your home has a shingle roof, some of the benefits are:
- They are lighter in weight than some other roofing materials and won’t put as much stress on your home’s structure.
- Shingles are durable, which give them a longer life span.
- One of the main benefits is the fact they are typically installed on a sloped roof, which encourages the water to exit the roof quickly and efficiently.
Nevertheless, opportunities for leaks are not eliminated. So maintenance and inspections are still necessary. Understanding how and where leaks begin, can help you either prevent or locate more quickly where the trouble spots might be.
Where to look if your roof is leaking:
Sometimes you may have to do a little detective work to isolate out exactly where the leak is coming from due to the fact that leaks don’t always manifest inside your home at the same point they began on the outside of your home. Besides the fact that roofs just wear out, here are some other reasons and places to look.
- Leaks around objects installed on or in your roof: There are numerous things that can be installed on your roof, each having been sealed upon installation. But over time, those seals can fail and allow water to find its way inside.
- Skylights: Although we love them, skylights are a big culprit of roof leaks, it could be due to the seal needing to be redone or the flashing or the water membrane not being installed properly.
- Air vents whose calking may need to be replaced could also be cracked or damaged which would allow a leak to begin.
- Satellite dishes whose installation nails or screws have penetrated the roof base and allowed leaking.
- Depending on how they are put up and anchored, your Christmas decorations could be the cause of holes in the roof that allow leaks.
- Leaks are often caused by your flashing:
- It could be old and rusted, giving way to holes.
- Installation nails that were previously caulked may need the caulking replaced.
- Someone walking on the roof could have walked on the flashing causing damage.
- The underlay membrane, although we don’t see it and we seldom think about it, if not installed properly will allow moisture under the shingles which will enter your attic.
- Gutters and downspouts that are not maintained and full of debris are a typical cause of roof leaks.
- Damaged or torn off shingles from high winds, hail and other extreme weather allow storm water to cause leaks.
- Something a lot of people don’t think about is the slope of the roof. Low sloped roofs have different roofing requirements in order to protect your home. Because the shallow slope of the roof, shingles are more vulnerable to being damaged or blown off by storm winds. If your roof has a low slope, shingles might not be the best material to use unless you have shingles that have been warranted for low slope situations. You may need to talk to a roofing professional to make sure you’re using the right product and it’s installed properly.
If your roof needs replacement or repair, Contact us, we’ll be happy to come and give you a complimentary estimate.
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