6 Common Causes of Roof Leaks


There is no reason that you need to run to grab a bucket every time it starts to rain. If you have noticed signs of a roof leak, which may include black spots or discoloration on your ceiling or you may have even experienced a physical drip, don't hesitate to reach out to a roofer to schedule repairs. Roof leaks are most often the result of heavy weather incidents but the exact cause is generally attributed to any of the following. Problems that contribute to roof leaks may arise due to age, weather or some other form of damage.

Cracked Flashing

Flashing are thin metal plates that are laid under shingles and on the joints of the roof to create a waterproof barrier. If they crack, due to corroded tar, harsh weather, or otherwise, it can result in a leaking roof.

Clogged Gutters

Believe it or not, clogged gutters can cause roof leaks as well. If your gutters are full of leaves, sticks and other debris it will prevent the water from flowing into the downspouts. As more and more rainwater collects in the gutters will will pool up and eventually seep into the roof decking where the gutter meets the roof.

Broken Shingles

Most commonly attributed to high winds and hard rains broken shingles will quickly allow for water to seep underneath them. You'll want to call in a roofer to identify the exact location of the leak if you can't easily see where the damage was done.

Walking on the Roof

Your home's roof is very fragile and you should avoid walking on it at all costs. A slight misstep could crack a seal, a shingle or flashing. While it is difficult to know if this is the exact cause of a roof leak once the drip becomes noticeable you can help reduce the chances of a leak by simply staying off.

Improperly Installed Skylights

Skylights with leaks are easy to notice, mainly because the leak will likely fall right below the opening. Always have skylights installed by a professional.

Cracked Vent Booting

The vents that allow for airflow from the attic area also help remove excessive moisture. If the vent is damaged it will allow for rainwater to seep into it.

If you notice a roof leak don't delay getting in touch with a professional commercial or residential roofer to have it resolved, as it will only get worse. For expert roof leak repair in Mansfield or the neighboring communities reach out to Eagle Total Services / Eagle Roofing Co.. We offer a full line up of roofing services in Mansfield and the surrounding area, as well as home remodeling. Give us a call at (817) 435-4644 today!


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Written By Brian Corey

Published By MORBiZ