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What Are the Common Causes of Roof Leaks?

common roof leak causes
common roof leak causes

Regardless of your home's size or age, most homeowners needing roof repairs often begin the journey with a leaky roof. Water running down your walls and windows or pooling on your floor indicates the need for efficient roof repairs. Keep reading to learn about the common causes of roof leaks that roof repair specialists in Atlanta can help you restore.

1. Damaged Roof Flashing

As roofers install your roof's shingles, they use roof flashing to prevent water from seeping into your home. Roof flashing consists of thin metal sheets that provide protection beneath your shingles and help your roofing last longer. If your roof flashing cracks or corrodes, moisture can get into your home and cause roof leaks.

2. Damaged or Lost Shingles

Weather conditions, like heavy rains or winds, can lift roof shingles, tearing them loose, breaking them, or ripping them off completely. While the flashing beneath helps ward off moisture, missing shingles make it easier for your flashing to fail. Roofers can repair or replace shingles and ensure that your roof no longer allows leaks into your home.

3. Improperly Installed Skylights

While skylights give you access to natural light in your home, they should also provide a tight seal against the weather. Incorrect skylight installation can leave spaces, cracks, or holes around the edges, allowing water to drip onto your home's floor. A professional Atlanta roofing company can help you determine if your skylight leaks and how to repair it.

4. Incorrectly Sealed Roof Valleys

One of the common causes of roof leaks involves the valley between two peaks of your roof. The valley caused by two roof gables should drain water to your gutter or the ground, but if the valley doesn't have proper seals, water can build up on your roof or drip into your home. Roofing technicians know how to identify roof valley seal problems and fix them, establishing a drip-free ceiling.

5. Chimney Damage

Everyone enjoys a fire in their fireplace, but a damaged chimney can quickly put a damper on things. Old chimney bricks become brittle and damaged over time, forming cracks and holes that allow water into your home. The seal around your chimney can also deteriorate over time, so check your chimney periodically and schedule regular maintenance to prevent serious structural problems.

6. Gutter Problems

Throughout the year, your gutters collect leaves, sticks, dirt, and other debris that clog them up and make it difficult for water to run through. Clogged gutters can fill with water and overflow, directing water into your property rather than away. Routine gutter maintenance keeps this problem at bay, but neglecting this chore could lead to a leaky roof.

Discover Why Your Roof Is Leaking and Plan Roof Repairs in Atlanta, GA

If you're unsure of the causes of roof leaks in your home, Douglas Construction's professional roofers can help you find the sources and repair them. Contact the team today for a free estimate on inspecting, repairing, or replacing your roof.

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