Do you have a heart attack every time it rains because you’re afraid the ceiling will leak again? Rather than dealing with these annoying and costly leaks each time it rains, do some digging to find out what’s causing the problem. If there is nothing wrong with your plumbing, the water is most likely coming from a roof leak that’s caused by…
Flashing are thin sheets of metal that are installed underneath roofing shingles, specifically around chimneys, at roof intersections, and on the eaves of the roof. When flashing is cracked or damaged, rainfall can easily get into these areas of the roof, causing extensive damage to the rest of the structure via roof leaks. Flashing should be inspected at least twice per year, once in the spring and again in the fall.
Shingles can become cracked, curled, worn, or even missing over time. Visual roof inspections should be done before and after the winter as well as after each bad storm (especially if there’s a lot of wind). If there are a damaged or missing shingles, make sure they’re replaced immediately before the next rainfall. Otherwise, you’ll be standing underneath the leak with a bucket. Opt for hiring an expert roof installer because poorly installed roof shingles are just as bad as a damaged roof.
Gutters are meant to channel rainfall from your roof to the ground away from your home. Make sure your gutters are always clear of debris and blockages, otherwise, water will overflow within your gutters onto the eaves of your roof. This is how the most common roof leaks occur and it’s 100 percent preventable as long as you keep your gutters clear of debris. A good cleaning during the spring and a few times during the fall should do the trick.
Having your roof develop a roof leak is common if you avoid the usual routine maintenance and inspections. When your home develops a roof leak and you need the roof or gutters repaired, contact Preferred Exterior. To learn more or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.