If your roof starts leaking, the first thing you want to do is assess where it is coming from and what is causing it. Your first thoughts may have you assuming that it’s because there’s a hole in your roof somewhere, but did you know that’s not always the case? Here are several common reasons why your roof may be leaking.
Broken or Missing Shingles
This is very common after a storm. If you look up and see areas that aren’t covered by singles or if you find shingles on the ground after a storm, you know you’ve got a problem. It’s time to have a residential roofing expert over to see if the roof can be repaired or if it’s time for you to talk to your homeowner’s insurance company about having your roof replaced.
The Flashing is Missing or Installed Incorrectly
The flashing is the little metal pieces that are found under the shingles. They form a waterproof layer between the joints and shingles, your chimney, etc., but they can be damaged during hail storms or if something falls on your roof. If the flashing is exposed, you can easily tell if it has become damaged. If it’s concealed, however, it can be much harder to see unless you climb up onto your roof. Even then, you may need a professional to identify exactly where the flashing is not sealed properly.
It’s always best to have a roofing MN company come and take a look at the problem.
An Ice Dam has Built Up
During the winter, it’s possible for ice dams to form along the edge of your roof. When this occurs, all of the snow on the roof has no way of melting off. When this occurs, the melting snow begins to build up and, when combined with the ice, becomes too heavy for the roof to support. This can lead to your roof actually sinking in.
Condensation has Formed in the Attic
If you have a leak, but can’t find anything on your roof that has been damaged or could be letting moisture through, the problem may be in the attic. Condensation can form in the attic when the temperature inside your home and the temperature outside differ greatly. This can lead to leaks and, perhaps even worse, promote mold growth.
Don’t Ignore Leaks
Roof leaks are never a temporary problem. If left unfixed, they can grow into a huge headache (not to mention increase your repair costs). Even if you don’t know what is causing the leak, you should still contact a company to take a look at it right away.
Proper roof maintenance can also cut down on the chances of leaks forming. You should frequently have your roof checked for missing shingles, flashing and other problems.
At Schmidt Roofing, we always offer free estimates on any roof repairs, so contact us today to schedule a time that is convenient for you.