We expect more rain before May, and more calls about roofs not draining water properly. To protect the inside of your home, you must repair roof leaks immediately. However, to repair a leak you must find the cause. Below are five of the most common problems that end up requiring roof leak repair.
Bay Area Roofing Contractor Explains Five Main Causes of Roof Leaks
- You have clogged gutters
If you have leaves or other debris stuffed in your home’s gutter system, you need to clean them out! The downspouts are likely partially or fully clogged. This causes water to back up, pool and seep under the roof’s shingles. Water will also cascade over the sides which can cause more problems for your foundation, windows, doors, and more. Fix clogged gutters by cleaning out debris and identifying and repairing any damage done by the clutter already.
- Skylights are Improperly Installed
When your skylights are not properly installed, gaps appear over time where water can find it’s way in below shingles and other roof elements. We can often remediate such errors, though, by correcting the fit of the skylight or re-insulating the edges.
- The Roof Valleys are not Properly Sealed
Roof valleys are the v-shaped areas where roof planes meet. As water runs down these valleys before entering the gutter system, proper sealing is essential. If you have poorly sealed roof valleys, you may notice wet spots along the roof’s seam. You may also begin to see water damage in your attic under that seam. It may be difficult to identify before roof elements have sustained damage. Fixing improperly-sealed roofing properly on you own is very hard, given the mechanical complexity of the project. Please call us immediately if you suspect this type of leak!
- You Have Broken shingles
Missing or broken shingles are easier to spot for roof repair services pros than poorly sealed seams. Sometimes you can remove damaged shingles and replace them with new ones. But, inspect the surrounding area for other weak or damaged shingles, and identify the real source of the damage, so you can solve the problem at its root. Any time you find a leak you must ensure that any rotten wood is replaced before reapplying shingles.
- The Flashing is Cracked
Flashing are the thin pieces of metal beneath your shingles. When they crack, water will seep through into the roof material below. If you notice cracks in your flashing, call us in immediately to fix the issue before the seepage causes extensive damage.
Contact Our Bay Area Roof Leak Repair, Roofing Installation, and Solar Roofing Experts
Your roof is a big investment that should last many years. Use our eagle-eyed Bay Area solar roofing and roof repair experts to help you identify and resolve any roofing issue before it threatens your investment. Century also regularly performs preventative maintenance and inspections to catch problems before they get worse. Call (510) 780-9489 or send us a message today for an inspection and roof repair.