Leaks in your roof are unavoidable, but the reasons why can be tough to identify. Aren’t sure why your roof is leaking? Check out this list of the most common causes. If you find a leak, we strongly recommend you avoid the danger of climbing on the roof yourself! Instead, why not consider hiring a professional?
Chimneys are a very common source for roof leaks, especially after years of wear and tear. The chimney cap is often the culprit – leaks are very likely to occur if your chimney cap is missing or damaged. Another possibility is that the chimney flashing has been cracked. This can allow water into your home over time. Prevent this kind of leak by having your chimney professionally inspected on a regular basis (twice a year, if possible).
Are you missing any shingles? It is very common for rain and wind to rip shingles right off a roof. This creates the opportunity for water to invade your attic without your knowing. While missing shingles could simple be due to an especially strong storm, it could also be time for a new roof. Shingles typically last twenty to thirty years. If your roof is in this age range, you may want to start considering replacement to avoid future leaks.
Your gutters perform the vital role of draining water and debris. When functioning properly, your gutters will direct water off your roof and away from your home. When clogged, water backs up and can cause serious leaks! To address this, clean your gutters often.
Cracks in Your Flashing
Flashing is a very important material beneath your shingles that protects your roof. Given enough time, flashing will crack and cause unwanted leaks in your roof. This is especially true when exposed to the Midwestern elements. It’s important that your flashing is inspected and replaced as needed — just like the rest of your roof.