Written by JBS Roofing

Why Do Roofs Leak?

 

No matter what type of roof your home has, it will leak at some point in time if not maintained and cared for. Performing preventative maintenance or having annual inspections from a professional roofing contractor in Phoenix can ensure these leaks don’t lead to bigger issues. Below are some of the main reasons your roof might leak.

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Damaged Flashing

Flashing is the thin metal pieces that are installed underneath the shingles of your roof. They are placed over the joints to create a barrier against moisture and prevent water damage inside your house. When flashing develops cracks from weather, damage or age, you will soon experience leaks. Because flashing is often concealed, you may not be able to see the cracks or corrosion that are allowing the water to come through. Getting your roof inspected regularly will help you to catch the problem before it becomes a disaster.

Broken and Missing Shingles

When you climb up on your roof and see missing and broken shingles, you should immediately look for leaks. The cause of this issue is typically heavy, prolonged rain or a wind storm. If you neglect the problem, and your roof leaks for a prolonged period of time, you could end up with severe damage and possibly mold. Any missing shingles should be replaced as soon as possible. Not doing so will result in water damage throughout the entire roofing system.

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Badly Sealed Valleys

Your roof may have an area where two panels are held together by a number of different seams. This is known as a valley. It is a common place for leaks to develop if the valley is not installed the right way and sealed afterward. This causes gaps where water can run right into your home.

Improperly Installed Vents

If you are not certain what roof vents are, they look like pipes coming out of the roof surface. Their job is to remove excess water and protect the roofing system as a whole. If vents are not installed the right way and professionally sealed, they will allow water into the attic of your house. You will notice this as wet spots after it rains.

If your roof is missing shingles, showing signs of aging or is already actively leaking, you could be risking mold, invasion by pests or even total collapse. Do not hesitate to call in a professional roofing company like Jim Brown and Sons for inspection and roof repairs in Phoenix. Call us today for a free estimate (623) 247-9252.