With warmer temperatures comes another fixture of spring: Rain.
Spring showers are a sign of impending summer and sunshine, but they can also be a harbinger of bad news for homeowners. Suddenly, a small (or large!) water stain appears in your home, seemingly out of nowhere.
Or maybe you are faced with the most obvious sign of all: A drip.
Leaky roofs can be a major stressor for homeowners. Left alone, they can lead to major issues (and expenses) like mold, destroyed insulation, damaged ceilings and more, so early identification and fixing of a leaky roof is critical.
What causes a leaky roof?
There are many factors that can impact the ability of your roof to protect your home. Here are some of the most common causes of a leaky roof:
- The roof is old. As they age, roofing materials are less effective at keeping water and other invaders out of your home.
- There are cracks or gaps in vents. Any penetration of your roof must be properly sealed to prevent leaks. Plastic vents in particular degrade over time, and the resulting cracks or gaps can let moisture into your home.
- You suffered severe weather. Severe weather can result in missing shingles, or even tree branches or other debris piercing your roof. After any severe storms, it’s important to conduct a roof inspection (or enlist the help of an expert like Joye Roofing) to identify any damage.
- Equipment was removed. If you have switched TV providers, resulting in a satellite or antenna being removed from your roof, the resulting holes could let water into your home.
How to fix a leaky roof.
Taking quick action when you suspect a roof leak is critical to prevent more damage (and cost) down the line:
- Follow the stain. If a water stain is your first sign of water damage (and you are unsure what is causing your leaky roof), follow the stain to try and identify the cause of your leak. This may require you going into your attic with a flashlight.
- Test the roof yourself. If you’re unable to find the source of your leak by visual inspection alone, you may have to run a garden hose across your roof. When following this step, it’s important to have someone stand in your home or attic with a bucket to see where water enters your home (and prevent a massive influx of water!).
- Apply a temporary solution. If you’ve found a hole in your roof and are trying to prevent additional water damage until a more thorough solution can be applied, a 12” x 12” piece of galvanized sheet metal flashing can be pushed underneath a damaged shingle to cover any holes. This is an extremely temporary solution to prevent additional damage, and should not be considered a repair.
- Fix or replace damaged shingles. While small tears, cracks, and holes can be repaired, missing or severely damaged shingles must be replaced. If you do not have experience fixing or replacing asphalt shingles, be sure to follow these roof safety tips or better yet, call a professional.
Quick, professional action is critical when dealing with a leaky roof.
Spot repairs can fix small issues that cause a leaky roof, but they cannot extend the life of a roof that needs replacement. If you’re having difficulty identifying the cause of your leaky roof, or if you simply want to ensure you are doing the best to protect your home investment, call Joye Roofing.
During our free roof inspections, the Joye Roofing team will thoroughly inspect your roof to identify any leaks or other areas of concern. Then, we’ll walk you through a custom game plan to address those concerns. Whether you need roof repair or a roof replacement, we are here to help.