Identifying roof leaks is one thing, but detecting their sources is another. However, you don’t necessarily need to wait for them to happen. CMS Roofing shares red flags that point to impending leaks:
1. Misshapen Shingles
Any experienced roofing contractor knows that shingle deformation ultimately leads to water intrusion. Your roof takes a constant beating from the elements, leaving its exterior layer in disrepair over time. Fortunately, shingle problems are easy to spot. Any sign of waviness suggests curling or cracking. If you’re seeing patches of different colors on your roof, it might be missing some shingles. When unaddressed, the rain could seep into the gaps created by such structural imperfections.
2. Unsealed Valleys
The valleys are the softest underbellies of the roof. They’re the place where two adjoining sloped roof planes meet, creating a V-shaped depression. The water naturally flows through the valleys, making them highly susceptible to damage. Without properly sealed leak barriers, your roof will be vulnerable to water infiltration.
3. Broken Pieces of Flashing
The flashing is the piece of metal that waterproofs penetrations – anything that pops through the roof plane. Roofers often use tar as a sealant, which deteriorates after several years. Without immediate roof repair, cracked flashing paves the way for the rain to enter your interior.
4. Faulty Gutters
Gutters and downspouts are your property’s primary drainage system. They channel the rainwater from your roof to the ground, diverting it away from the foundation. The problem is, an uncovered gutter system is prone to clogging. Any debris can get into the gutters and downspouts. The accumulated detritus could then form a blockage that traps the water, potentially causing moisture damage to the property.
5. Rotten Roof Boards
When the underlying wood deck of your roof succumbs to rot, it means it has been exposed to chronic water intrusion. Professional roofers know that its deterioration may also indicate that you have inadequate attic ventilation, which sets the stage for condensation. Either way, the damaged boards must be replaced urgently and the root cause of rot must be determined and solved effectively.
At CMS Roofing, we provide thorough on-property inspections to help you stay ahead of leaks or fix existing ones with a sense of urgency. Whether it’s a residential or a commercial roofing system, we have strong credentials to meet your roof maintenance needs to us. Call us at (877) 425-4121 to schedule your FREE, on-site consultation and estimate in Charleston or Columbia, SC.