A leaking roof can be a huge source of frustration because it’s not always clear where the leak is coming from, and continuous leaking can lead to property damage and mold. If you think you might have a roof leak, check out this list of possible causes to help you determine what the best course of action is to fix it.
If you’re not familiar, flashing is the metal sheeting installed underneath shingles, often sealed with tar. Age or storm damage can create problems with either, but it’s easier to identify broken shingles by examining your roof, whereas cracked flashing may not be visible underneath the shingles. If you’re experiencing leaks, a roof damage company can inspect your roof and replace any flashing or shingles causing the problem.
The roof’s valley is where two points of the roof come together, usually in a slope. Due to the slope, valleys can be prone to extra wear and tear from rainfall and high winds. The valley may also be leaking due to age, walking on it, or perhaps an improper seal during installation. No matter the cause, our Gainesville restoration company will have to inspect the roof and install a new leak barrier as well as new shingles.
Vents on your roof remove moisture from your home, attic, washer and dryer, and AC unit. The booting around the vent keeps it water-tight but will replacing if this has become cracked from age or damage. It’s a fairly simple D.I.Y replacement if you’re familiar with the tools and are comfortable with heights. However, we still suggest you leave it to professional roofers, as once you start opening up parts of your roof, you may end up causing more damage.
Skylights are a beautiful addition to a home, but they have to be installed just right, or they may be prone to leaks. Even with proper installation, leaks can occur over time as the insulation degrades. In addition, skylight leaks aren’t always obvious, as water from the cracks can run into other parts of your roof rather than dripping down from the skylight. However, if you notice cracks in your skylight or discoloration in the ceiling around it, a roofer can repair water damage and ensure the skylight is properly fitted and sealed.
Gutters are supposed to direct water flow during rainstorms, but a clog can impede water flow. The collected water can seep into small cracks in your roof and create big problems. The only way around this is to clean your gutters every fall and spring or install hooded gutters to keep leaves and debris out. If you’re cleaning your gutters, a handy tip is to lay a tarp beneath you to throw debris onto for easier clean-up afterward.
Most of the material used in roofing is fairly fragile. Excessive walking on your roof, whether for cleaning or putting up seasonal decorations, can result in roofing damage. It may also just be the age of your roof. Slate, copper, and tile roofs can last as long as 50 years, but insulation and flashing may have shorter lifespans. Wood shake roofs last about 30 years, fiber cement shingles last about 25 years, and asphalt or composition shingles last about 20 years. Knowing when the roof on your home was installed can help you decide between installing a new one versus just patching problem areas.
Locally owned and operated in Gainesville, FL, Maven Construction Group is a licensed general contractor, Angie’s List Certified Contractor, and is accredited and A-rated by the Better Business Bureau. Maven has delivered the best damage restoration and reconstruction services in North Central Florida for more than 15 years.Certified General Contractor Lic # CGC1519003 Certified Mold Remediation Lic # MRSR2344