It’s never a good sign to find leaks staining your internal ceiling and attics in Edmonton AB. In fact, leaks are an inevitable problem everywhere. When it does happen especially during seasons with heavy rainfall, you’ll need to find water containers and rags to contain the water getting inside your property.
The roofing material itself is the primary source of leaks in any home. Given our decades of experience in the industry as Edmonton AB’s prominent and reliable roofers, we have encountered every single type of roof leak cause. Freshome has an excellent post that clearly reflects what we’ve been seeing most of the time.
The Major Yet Common Causes of Residential Roof Leaks
1. Your Flashing Has Cracked
What Does It Look Like: Flashing are thin pieces of metal that are installed under shingles and on the joints of your roof in order to create a water-resistant barrier, which can be concealed or exposed. If exposed, they will look like long runs of sheet metal and, if concealed, they will have a rubberized coating overtop. Broken flashing will feature large cracks
Why It Happens: Roofers often use tar to seal the flashing together and that can corrode over time. In the event that your flashing is left exposed, elements like wind and rain could be the reason behind its crack.
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You might ask “is there a way to prevent roof leaks in my home?” In fact, you can prevent roof leaks and having eventual expensive roof repairs in numerous ways. Knowledge is the first tool any roofing contractor with grit and a wise homeowner has at their disposal. If you know which areas have small problems that can evolve into big issues, then you’re set to prevent roof leaks and avoid possibly huge expenses.
Professional Home Improvement has a great post on the best areas and parts of your roof you’ll need to inspect. This basic roof inspection routine will help you gain a partial birds-eye-view of its condition and overall situation.
Comprehensive Roof Inspection and Maintenance Steps
Inspect Roof Flashing
Certain architectural features, such as chimneys or skylights, are common sources for roof leaks. This is because they protrude from the surface of the roof and stand in the way of the natural flow of water. To make sure no future leaks occur, you need to inspect the condition of all roof flashing.
The flashing on your roof was designed to direct water around openings and prevent leaks. However, if you notice any gaps between the flashing and the roof, bent flashing, or holes from roofing nails, you will need to have it repaired to prevent future leaks. For a beginner DIYer, this is a simple repair that can easily be done in an afternoon. All you’ll need is a putty knife and some roofing caulk. If there is any residual caulk or adhesive around the hole from previous roof flashing repairs, use your putty knife to remove it. Wipe down the area afterwards so that the new caulk will be able to properly adhere to the surface of the roof.
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In some inspections, roofers will tell you about your roof’s condition and ways to deal about it to prevent possible roof leaks in the future. Alternatively, they might suggest you need to replace your roof. A leaky roof is one of the major signs you need a roof replacement.
It might sound like an expensive problem. However, an immediate roof replacement will save you more money in the future by avoiding bigger and more expensive residential issues immediately. To know if you need to replace a roof, Long Roofing has an excellent post to refer to.
The Best Signs Your Roof Needs a Replacement ASAP
1. Shingle Condition
Missing or damaged shingles can allow water to penetrate into the sheathing layers and lead to rot. Look for uneven shingle lines, curled, loose or torn shingles. If you see your roof sagging, it’s a pretty clear sign the under layer is rotting.
Gutters play a significant role in keeping water off of your roof and preventing moisture damage to your home. Your roof sheds rainwater to the gutters, so looking closely at your gutters can give you some insight into the health of your roof. When cleaning the gutters (at least twice per year) look for asphalt granules or pieces of roofing material. This could indicate a deteriorating roof. (Continued)
Remember, all roof leak repair and inspections are effective only if reliable roofing contractors are working on your roofing material. If you have yet to find one, you can count on DDCL for all your Edmonton AB roofing needs. Contact us today to know more about what we can do for you.