5 Ways Your Roof Can Leak

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A roof that is properly installed can last anywhere from 20 to 100 years depending on the material used. However, no matter the material or quality of installation, there are always ways for your roof to develop a leak. If you ever notice a leak in your roof, keep these common causes in mind.

  1. Bad Flashing – Flashing is one of the most important pieces in a roofing system because it will keep water from entering the structure. It is a thin metal sheet that is placed over vulnerable or connecting areas. After a while your roof can become exposed to water damage if the sealant on the flashing begins to wither away.
  2. Shaky Shingles – A roof with missing or damaged shingles can easily allow roof leaks to happen. Shingles can be lifted up from violent winds, or break apart from old age and years of abuse from the elements. Always be sure to inspect your roof and property for damaged shingles after a storm.
  3. Ice to Meet You – During the winter, ice and snow can build up on the edge of a roof. This can prevent any melted snow from escaping the roof, which will sit atop your roof. This stationary water can either create a roof leak or become an add-on to the current ice dam.
  4. Backed Up Gutters – When gutters are filled with debris they can’t properly do their job of draining water from your roof. This water will sit in the gutters and on the edge of the roof, eventually finding its way underneath the roof.
  5. Get Out & Stay Out – Heading up to your roof for an inspection is recommended for its maintenance, but try to stay off of the roof itself. Walking on the roof can damage the fragile shingles. When inspecting your roof either stay on the ladder or hire a professional to do it for you.

Discovering a roof leak is never a good thing, but if you know the common causes then you’ll be able to fix the root of the problem. When a roof leak rears its ugly head, call on the pros at Preferred Exterior to fix it for you. Our experts will have your roof fixed in no time! To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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