A leaking roof can create a stream of panic, but it’s important to understand that not all roof leaks are created equal. From the natural elements to dry rot, from termites to the lack of maintenance, there are many different reasons that roof leaks occur. Before you panic and assume you have to replace your whole roof, the roofing experts at Glick’s Exteriors have compiled the four most common causes of roof leaks.
Wear and Tear in Your Flashing
Issues with your roof’s flashing (thin metal sheeting installed under shingles to create a water-resistant barrier) is the most common cause of roof leaks. Over time, the tar used to seal together the flashing can corrode, exposing your flashing to the elements. If this occurs, your flashing becomes susceptible to wind or rain and can cause cracks in your flashing, causing a leak in your roof.
Issues with Your Shingles
Roof leaks are sometimes the result of cracked, broken or missing shingles on your roof.
How do shingle issues start? Winter weather, age, or wear & tear are all factors that can affect the condition of your shingles. The good news? If all of the other shingles on your roof are in good condition, you should only have to replace the shingles that are in poor condition.
Formation of Ice Dams
If your roof started leaking during the winter months, chances are it’s due to an ice dam. Because of the heat from your home, the snow on your roof melts, collects at the edges of your roof and can refreeze, resulting in an ice dam. When this happens, water can be forced underneath your roof’s shingles, resulting in a slow leak.
Gutters That are Clogged
Because the main responsibility of gutters is to direct water away from your roof, when they’re clogged, they can’t function properly. Whether they’re filled with leaves, dirt, snow or ice, clogged gutters cause water to back up into the area beneath your shingles. If you notice that your leak is located near your gutter, and they haven’t recently been cleaned, this could potentially be the reason that your roof is leaking.
If your roof is leaking, waiting to fix it could bring a whole flood of other issues. Instead, contact the roofing experts at Glick’s Exteriors today! From new roofs to roof repairs, the #1 priority at Glick’s is to maintain the quality and life of your roof. Contact us today to put a stop to your roof leak stress—and to your leaking roof in general!