Roof leaks come in different forms and can show up anywhere on your roof. Some indications include dark rings on your ceiling, while others will be more obvious, dripping actual water over your head. What factors lead to these?
Flashing is designed to go over joints in roofing material, covering seams to seal gaps and ensure your roof is watertight especially at the sides, ridges and valleys. Because a lot of water runoff… runs on the flashing when it’s raining, even a small gap can allow a lot of water to get past your roof’s outermost layer. When this happens, water will seep into the roofing material, eventually finding its way inside your home to cause moisture-related damage.
Roof holes also come in many forms: gaps caused by missing or warped roof tiles, small openings due to rust or rot, or even a straight-up hole caused by strong impact courtesy of falling objects such as branches, large hailstones, or even the occasional baseball. Sure, most of your roof is intact, but any area with a hole is completely exposed to the elements. To make matters worse, even a small gap might be enough for roof leaks to show up.
Poor Insulation and Ventilation
Seeing moisture damage but your roof is completely intact? It’s possible! Poor ventilation and insulation allows water vapor to condense into water droplets in your attic. When that happens, it’s akin to having a small-scale occurring inside your home! Condensation may form slowly but when allowed to persist can lead to moisture damage similar to what having a hole in your roof is capable of.
Unless an inspection is carried out, it’s difficult to tell what is exactly causing your roof to leak. Finding the cause is important because that will guide the next steps you should take toward getting your roof back into shape. To ensure your roof inspection is done right, enlist the aid of a professional roofer.
You now know the potential causes behind leaks. In Part 2, learn more about the signs of a roof leak to clue you in when to call a professional for help.