Few things are worse than waking up to a roof leak in your home. Unfortunately, it can happen to anyone, anywhere. While their causes may vary from age to superficial damage, once you’ve identified roof leaks, they should be assessed and repaired as soon as possible to avoid damage to the rest of the home.
Common Causes of Roof Leaks
While roof leaks in the home make themselves very apparent to everyone under the roof, what’s less apparent is their exact cause. It could be any number of things causing water to enter the home, that’s why it’s best to get professional roofing contractors in to assess the situation.
These are some of the potential causes of roof leaks:
Broken or Missing Shingles
Broken or missing shingles can be the result of storm damage or simply a consequence of an aging roof. It can cause exposure, making it easy for water to enter the roof. This is something that can be avoided with regular maintenance checks and repairs.
Compromised Roof Vents
In order for roof vents to function optimally, they need to be adequately sealed. Over time they can suffer cracks and gaps in the housing or along the pipes, which is bound to cause roof leaks.
Excess debris on the roof and within gutters can cause easily-avoidable damage to the roof by way of moisture build-up. Regularly clearing the roof of debris will ensure that water runs off smoothly without the chance of accumulating on the roof’s surface and eventually penetrating the home.
Flashing plays a vital role in sealing off moisture. They are specifically placed where roof transitions occur, and could otherwise be easy entry points for water. It is common for flashing to move out of place or suffer cracks over time, which can cause major roof leaks within the home.
Water: A Home’s Worst Enemy
No homeowner wants water entering the home, especially via the roof. If water continues to enter your home, it may cause lasting damage that can result in significant expenses.
- Water causes mold issues and may result in a variety of different harmful growths.
- Water can warp and rot wood, which may cause significant structural problems that require extensive repair work.
- Water damage may be destructive to the rest of your home in terms of damage to furniture, appliances and electronics.
Get in Touch Today
We understand what it takes to prevent further damage to your home, and we’re always here to offer advice and suggestions on how to best approach roof leak repairs. Contact us to discuss a free, no-pressure roof inspection. Rhoden Roofing, LLC is Wichita’s most trusted roofer, and a GAF Master Elite contractor with years of experience in roof contracting.