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Common Reasons Your Roof May Leak

[Posted on 22 Jan 2013 by Jay Coleman]

A roof leak is definitely not something to joke around about. If left unfixed, it can cause all kinds of damage to your home, including things like interior wood rot and sheet rock damage. Plus, if it goes on for too long, the entire roof may wind up needing to be replaces, though that is not to say that it might not be a good idea to go ahead and replace the entire thing. But in the meantime, take a look at some of the common causes of those pesky little leaks. Then, if you think you need assistance with roof repair in Dallas, give a local roofer such as Quick Roofer a call.

Chimney Flashing

If you have a chimney, there is a high probability that the source of your roof leak may be bad chimney flashing. This is the metal seal around the edges of where the chimney meets the roof. Located beneath the shingles, it can sometimes become bent or not sealed properly. This allows water to run down into the home around the chimney.

Eave Flashings

Like the chimney flashing, the eave flashing protects the roof from leaking along the edges. The eave flashings however, sit along the edges of the eave. They are typically installed directly against the roof itself. There is then a vapor layer, or tar paper, placed over it and the shingles on top of both of them preventing a roof leak. If the flashings become damaged, missing or no longer securely sealed, water can get behind it and leak into the roof.

Rake Flashing

Rake flashings are placed along the pitch of the roof, protecting it from water entering the home at the point where both sides of the roof meet. One common place for a leak to occur with this type of flashing is where it overlaps the eave flashing.

Valley Flashing

The valley flashing is used to prevent a roof leak at the points where two different roofs meet together. This type of flashing has to be wide enough to keep water from entering the vapor barrier and further. Pay particular attention to possible leaks in the lower areas of this flashing. Also make sure the shingles are sealed securely to the flashing.

Gutters

Though it seems unlikely, gutters can actually case leaks. When they do not drain properly, water gets behind them and then rots the facia and soffit away from the roof, eventually allowing possible leaks. Check to make sure they are uncluttered with leaves or other debris. Also, make sure the gutters are not bent or pitched at all so that they will drain properly.

Skylights

Skylights can also be a source of a roof leak. This is usually because they are not sealed properly or not sealed at all. Pay close attention when installing them to the manufacturer's guidelines for preventing roof leaks. If it is already installed, check to see that it was sealed correctly. And if you have an old skylight, check to see that the seals are not deteriorated.

Fasteners

Look along the ridge as well as other areas shingles may overlap. Uncovered fastener heads can be a source of a leaky roof. If you find any, seal them with roofing cement.

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