Roof leaks are not a common home problem if the roof was installed properly. However, there are a few events that may cause your roof to begin leaking. If you notice signs of a leaky roof such as discoloration on the ceiling or active dripping from the ceiling, you should identify the cause and repair the damage immediately. Before you can repair the damage, the first step is to find the source of the leak and stop it or block the water from entering your home. Sometimes, finding the cause is not always easy without a thorough inspection. We have assembled this helpful list of possible reasons that your roof may be leaking.
#1 Your roof is old.
Although we would like them to, unfortunately roofs do not last forever. Over the last few decades, roofs have evolved to include better products and techniques that last longer, but roofs that were built even 50 years ago were made from products that were much less durable than the products of today. If you have a 50 year old roof, pat yourself on the back, and then replace it! Shingles only last 15 to 20 years in the best case scenario. Many people put off replacing their roof because it can be quite costly, however if your roof is more than 15 years old, the cost of replacing your roof will be much less than fixing the damage when the roof does not keep mother nature out of your house.
#2 The workmanship of the roofing contractor was poor.
A critical part of the quality of a home’s roof is the installation. If you recently had your roof repaired or replaced and it is now leaking, check the quality of the installation including checking the fasteners and shingle joints. If you hired a quality company, they should offer a workmanship warranty and be able to repair the damage without you paying extra. If you did not use a quality company, the poor workmanship may have a huge negative impact on the performance of your roof. Find a new roofing contractor to repair the poor workmanship of the first contractor and learn from it.
#3 The weather has been extreme.
Unfortunately, mother nature does not care about your roof. High winds and hail can cause damage to roofs and loosen fasteners over time. You should regularly check on your roof and its shingles, particularly after severe thunderstorms, windstorms, and hurricanes. Depending on the installation techniques and type of shingles used, less severe weather can have damaging effects such as heavy snow, intense sun, or constant humidity. It is always a good idea to select shingles that can withstand the normal weather in your region and then be checked after extreme storms. When a single shingle becomes loose, it can allow water to compromise the entire structure of the roof if water makes its way in or mold begins to grow.
#4 There was a direct injury.
Obvious reasons that a roof begins to leak is when debris or something causes an injury to the roof. A classic example is when a tree falls on the roof and punctures a hole. This is a roofing emergency that needs to be fixed right away. Call a tree removal service right away to have the tree removed and the hole tarped. The next step is to find a quality roofing contractor to repair the hole as quickly as possible.
If you think that your roof might be leaking, it is important to have it inspected and repaired as quickly as possible. A leaking roof will quickly cause major structural problems in your home that will rapidly create a hassle and expensive repairs. Make sure that you hire a quality roofing contractor to repair your roof to prevent further damage. If you are looking for a trustworthy roofing company in Lawrenceville, hire Brett Hayes Exterior Specialists. Contact us for your free estimate today!