Roof Leaking?

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Roof Leaking?

Roof Leaking?

Is your roof leaking? With all of the rain we have seen in the North and East Texas regions over the past couple of weeks, you may have noticed a damp spot or two while looking at your ceiling. Or, maybe it was a bigger problem – maybe you went running for the dreaded drip bucket? A small drip can be an indicator of a bigger roof problem than you may initially think.

Why Is My Roof Leaking?

  • Your Flashing Has Cracked
    • What is flashing?
      • Flashing are thin pieces of metal that are installed under shingles and on the joints of a roof. The purpose of flashings are to create a water-resistant barrier. Flashing can be concealed or exposed. Exposed flashing will look like long runs of sheet metal. Concealed flashing has a rubberized coating over the top. Broken flashing normally will have large, visible cracks, but you still may need a professional roofer to identify cracked flashing.
    • Why is my flashing cracked?
      • The seals that bind the flashing together simply corrode over time. In the event that your flashing is left exposed, elements such as wind, rain and hail can be the reason behind your cracked flashing and roof leaking.
  • You Have Broken Shingles
    • Broken shingles are easier to identify than cracked flashing. Because shingles are the exterior layer of the roof, you may be able to easily spot broken or missing shingles just by looking up – you will be able to identify broken or missing shingles by seeing different-colored patches on your roof. Often after a big storm with heavy wind and rain, you may find a few shingles scattered across your yard.
  • Your Valleys Aren’t Properly Sealed
    • What are valleys?
      • Valleys are the areas on your roof where two planes of roof come together. Since the valleys of the roof are typically sloped, rainwater can easily make its way inside your house as it runs down the roof if the valleys are not sealed together properly. You may be able to detect a problem by trying to identify wet spots that run along the seams of your roof, although you will likely need a professional, trained-eye to find a problem with your valley seals.
    • Why aren’t my valleys properly sealed?
      • This can be due to a variety of reasons – the sealing may not have been done properly in the first place, the seals may have cracked when being stepped on, or an abundance of rain and hail may have caused it to erode or crack over time.
  • Your Vent Booting Is Cracked
    • What is vent booting?
      • Roof vents are those things that look like pipes coming out of the top of your roof. Roof vents are used to expel excess moisture from the inside of the house to the outside. Roof vents are usually sealed by lining some flashing around the opening and then slipping a tight, rubber boot over the area where the pipe begins to surface from the roof – that is your vent booting.
    • Why is my vent booting cracked?
      • The rubber boot or the flashing can simply break, decay and corrode over time.
  • Improperly Installed Skylights
    • These roof leaks should be very easy to isolate and spot. If you are consistently noticing wet spots around your skylights, or constantly have to place drip buckets around the sides of your skylights, then you’ve found the culprit. However, leaks and wet spots near the skylight may be an indicator of an additional flashing problem as well.
  • Your Gutters Are Clogged
    • This is potentially one of the cheapest reasons your roof may be leaking, as long as there is no bigger problem at hand. This should be an easy problem for you to identify. You may be able to see leaves, sticks and other debris sticking out of the gutters when you look up at your roof. Additionally, if you notice a lack of water coming out of the gutters during a downpour, then the gutters are clogged. Gutters are designed to keep water traveling away from your roof – when a blockage forms and the gutters become clogged, that flow of water stops. Once that happens, the rainwater is given an opportunity to pool in certain areas of the roof and seep through cracks.
  • Your Chimney Is Cracked
    • This is a problem where a professional eye is recommended to help identify. He will look for signs of wear and tear along the mortared area around the top of the chimney, or for any holes in the mortared joints where the chimney attaches with the roof. Mortar is basically a thick mixture of water, sand and cement and it erodes easily in harsh weather conditions. A professional roofer will also be able to identify any loose flashings and shingles in the area. Chimneys and the areas immediately around them are a common cause of roof leaking.
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