5 Potential Causes for Your Roof Leak

Have you noticed a dark, damp stain forming on your ceiling? Do you have to place a bucket under a steady drip anytime it rains? If so, you have a roof leak on your hands that can quickly turn into a much bigger problem if not rectified. To do so, you first must know what the problem is. There are several reasons why roof leaks occur, so let us look at some of the most common ones.

Damaged or Missing Shingles

Broken or missing shingles are one of the most common causes behind why a roof leaks. It could have happened because of high winds, a possible error in installation, or a particularly heavy rain or snow, causing the roof leak. Whatever the reason, a missing shingle compromises the entire system and will inevitably lead to a leak. Fortunately, even if you are not an expert roofer, spotting a missing shingle is a relatively easy task.

Clogged Gutters

Can a clogged gutter cause a roof leak? Absolutely. No one enjoys cleaning out their gutters but nevertheless, it must be done. When leaves, branches, dirt, and other debris fill up your gutters, it obstructs water flow and causes it to pool. This gives the water more time to soak into your roof and significantly increases the chance of a leak occurring.

Damaged or Slipping Flashing

For those who may not know, shingles are not the only component of your roof preventing leaks. Flashing is thin metal sheets that are strategically placed to redirect water flow away from crucial areas of your roof. When flashing becomes damaged or slips out of place, water can more easily pool in those areas and lead to a troublesome leak. If you are currently wondering why your roof leaks, be sure to check that flashing has not come undone.

Attic Condensation

If you have noticed water dripping from your ceiling, check your attic as soon as you can. Condensation can cause roof leaks just as easily as a hole in the roof itself. If your attic is consistently damp, you may want to consider improving the ventilation or insulation in the area. Left unchecked, this could lead to a serious mold or rot problem.

Holes in the Roof

It has happened to everyone. You go outside after a storm and see a sizable tree limb on your roof. Even after you remove it, everything might look fine to the naked eye, but do not be so sure. The branch could have easily punctured the roof when it fell, leading to serious leak problem. If a large branch or any other debris ever strikes your roof, you should have an inspection done as soon as possible.

Contact RoofClaim.com for Help With Your Roof Leak

Damaged shingles, clogged gutters, and slipping flashing are just a few examples of what causes roof leaks. If rain or snow is causing a roof leak in your home, be sure to contact Roofclaim.com to get started on your inspection. Our experts have helped install over 50,000 roofs and will be with you every step of the way.

Throughout the duration of our transparent inspection process, we will do everything we can to make your roof replacement as easy and hassle-free as possible. There is no need to worry about meeting with any sales reps, our convenient AI solutions will match you with the right contractor in your area for your job.

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How to Find Leaks in a Roof

Your roof is an integral part of your home. It keeps the elements out and keeps your family safe, and that is why it is important to inspect your roof, especially after a severe storm. It is not hard to do the work to find a roof leak, especially if you have noticed water stains on your ceilings or walls.

If you have noticed water stains on your ceilings or walls, then it is likely that your roof is leaking. Luckily, finding a roof leak is not a difficult task and once you have located the source, a contractor can help patch up your roof.

How to Find a Roof Leak

When you notice water stains, that’s usually a sign there’s a leak in your roof. It is important to note that the location of the stains does not always indicate that the leak is in the same spot, in fact, the best way to find a roof leak is to look higher than the stains on both the interior and exterior of your home. In other words, when it comes to roof leak detection and repair, it’s imperative to think like water and look higher up to see where the water might have flowed down to the lower edges of your roof.

When you are locating roof leaks, you should start by looking for holes or any visible damage to the exterior of your roof. Damage is the most common cause of leaks and they usually occur in the areas around the plumbing, roof vents, chimneys, dormers, skylights, gutters, downspouts, and ridge caps, so it could be beneficial to start looking for penetrations in one of those areas. Even if you find the source of your leak there, it is beneficial to examine the entire roof to see if there are damaged areas you have not noticed yet.

The next step is to access your attic or top floor with a flashlight and a camera during the day to look for water stains, mold, discolored areas, and any other inconsistencies in the area. If you have noticed a few discolored areas, switch off your light source and see if you can pinpoint any sources where light could be entering from outside.

RoofClaim.com Can Help with Roof Leak Detection and Repair

If you are still having trouble with your leaking roof or you want a second set of eyes on it to determine what kind of repairs you may need, contact RoofClaim.com. Our drone services will come to your home to get a report using the latest technology. When it comes to locating roof leaks, our team of experts knows what to look for and can help you determine the cause of the leak. Once you have that knowledge, we can match you with a local contractor from our network of experts, so you don’t have to worry about finding somebody yourself. Our goal is to make this process easy and convenient for all our customers because dealing with a leaking roof is stressful enough.

If you have questions or would like to request more information, contact us via our convenient online chat.  If you are ready to get started, you can schedule a free inspection to determine the source of  the leak.

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