We’ve all been there at least a few times before. That brown spot on the kitchen ceiling that keeps growing. The mildew, the mold. And for the less observant amongst us, the caving in and crumbling of the ceiling!
Let’s take a quick look at the five most common causes of a leaky roof.
#1 – Cracked Flashing
The thin pieces of metal designed to redirect water are known as flashing. Unfortunately, they cannot serve their purpose when they crack or break, and you’ll get a leaky roof.
It is usually due to poor workmanship or inferior quality materials and can cause a serious problem if left alone. Luckily, it’s not a complicated fix. First, the nails are pried, the damaged section removed, and a new sheet of metal installed.
Roof inspections should be performed regularly to avoid serious issues, and like most things, the longer you leave the problem, the more expensive it becomes.
#2 – Broken Shingles
Shingles are the most obvious part of residential roofs, as they are the pieces that keep the elements out, and the structural part of your roof protected. Broken shingles are relatively easy to spot. Unfortunately, a broken shingle can quickly turn into widespread damage if ignored.
High winds, heavy rains, and the aforementioned workmanship and materials issues are often to blame for a broken shingle. Although it seems small, it’s important that anyone who replaces or fixes damaged shingles on your roof is experienced and reliable, even for something as simple as a broken shingle.
#3 – Clogged Gutters
Another widespread cause of a leaky roof are clogged gutters.
If you ignore those leaves sticking out of the gutter for long enough, you’ll soon notice that the downpipes have a slight trickle when they should have a flow. Eventually, this build-up will cause damage to the gutters and leaks all over the place, including the roof and ceiling.
Although it’s a minuscule task, clearing your gutters seasonally is crucial to keeping the roof over your head in one piece.
#4 – Condensation in the Attic
If you see the mold or mildew on the ceiling or in the attic and you start smelling a musty smell, it may be a result of condensation in the attic.
It is a common problem that can be fixed easily if you catch it early and resolve the issue quickly. Condensation build-up happens due to the fluctuation in temperature on either side of your roof, such as warm air from the heater inside and cold temperatures outside.
To prevent mold or mildew, you should ensure a healthy flow of air in the attic. Make sure the roof vents are clear, and consider a ventilation fan installation if needed.
#5 – Materials & Workmanship
We mentioned it previously, but most roofing issues are due to poor workmanship and/or inferior materials. Experienced roofing professionals should be installing the best quality materials and offer regular service for the installation and maintenance of your roof.
Looking for a reliable roofer in the DFW area? Call the professional roofing contractors at UPI for your free roofing inspection.