Your roof has one job, protect your home from the elements, especially water and moisture. If improperly installed or damaged your roof will have trouble fulfilling it’s most basic function and that spells trouble, not only for your roof but in many other parts of your home including the frame itself and even the foundation!
It happens to most every homeowner at some point in time, you notice a dark stain on the ceiling, streaks on your walls, or worse, droplets or a stream of water flowing from these areas. It seems to come from out of the blue, for no good reason it all. Even on newly installed roofs or relatively young ones, leaks can happen and there are several reasons why.
1) The shingles could be compromised.
Whether they weren’t installed properly or you’ve just been through a wind or other strong storm, shingles that have blown off, fallen off or out of place due to improper installation will compromise the integrity of your roof, causing leaks. Many times this can be spotted from the ground, however on some roofs a professional may be required.
2) Compromised Valleys
The roof valley (The “V” created where two sloping roofs meet) could have been punctured. Either the valley metal (open valley) or shingles (closed valley) could have been damaged either accidentally by other personnel or roofers stepping in them or if maintenance is neglected, build up of debris could cause water buildup and leaks.
3) Poor installation or materials
One of the most common causes for leaks is poor workmanship. If the roofing contractor did not install the materials properly, leaks almost always occur. Leaks caused by improper installation can include the roof membrane, roof flashing, roof vents or chimney, although these can be punctured by various things, the most common problem with these areas are poor installation of materials.
4) The roof has been punctured by something
Falling limbs or trees, hail or other objects can cause great damage to your roof. After a storm, it would be prudent to have an inspection as soon as possible if signs of a leak are present.
5) Improper Room Ventilation
Improper ventilation in rooms where high moisture is generated (bathrooms, kitchens, sun rooms) can cause moisture build up and cause damage. Be sure these rooms are ventilated properly to avoid problems.
6) The roof is just too old
Roofs don’t last forever, once the materials in your roof age beyond their life expectancy they begin to break down, compromising the integrity of your roof.
If you can visibly see signs of leak due to any of these problems (especially indoors), chances are the damage to your home is extensive, and it can always get worse. You will need a professional to assess and repair the damage immediately to prevent further damage.
Call Atlanta Roofing Specialists today at 770-419-2222 for a free estimate!.