A complete roofing system is made of of many components that work together to protect your home. Roof leaks can cause major damage if not caught or stopped right away. Identifying where the roof leak is coming from can be difficult, so don’t prolong the repair. If you can’t identify where the leak is originating from, try to contain the leak as much as possible until you can get a roofing professional out to inspect your roof.
The asphalt roofing materials designed today can withstand a lot of what mother nature throws at it, but let’s be honest, your roof is exposed to the elements and there are many things that can happen to your roofing system. It’s important to keep a properly maintained roof and gutter system to avoid these potential problem areas and to get the most out of the life of your roof.
Flashings play a pretty big role in keeping your roofing system safe from water intrusion. Roof flashings are places in several different areas of the roof that help direct water away from critical areas such as skylights, chimneys, next to walls, in valleys and along the edges of the roof line. If your flashing is warped or damaged, this will cause water to leak under your shingles and potentially into your attic.
Cracked pipe boots, missing nails or broken vents can all be causes of roof leaks as well. It may seem like a small issue, but any chance for water intrusion, even minor, can lead to major issues such as mold, mildew or dry rot. These types of vent repairs tend to be fairly inexpensive, so catching them right away can potentially save you from a premature roof replacement or extensive repairs.
Moss and Debris
Moss buildup and debris left on the roof is an excellent spot for water to buildup that can damage the shingles or leak into the house. If proper roof maintenance isn’t done to clean the moss on the roof, the moss can grow underneath the shingles, lifting them causing water damage.
Skylights can be vulnerable areas prone to leaking if flashing fails or if the skylight isn’t installed properly. Find out if your skylight is covered under a warranty. If not, and it was not recently replaced, it may have failed and is time to replace it completely.
Leaks around the chimney are a frequent cause of some of the phone calls we receive. Chimney mortar can erode quite quickly if not properly maintained. If a chimney isn’t properly maintained, the mortar can expand and contract and during the winter months if water gets inside those cracks and freezes, it can cause the mortar to crack and fall apart allowing for water intrusion.
Gutters can be an oversight for some when it comes to considering the safety of your roof. Clogged gutters can cause issues all the way from your roof to your crawl space. If water isn’t allowed to drain freely through your gutter system, that water will find elsewhere to go. It can overflow your gutters and leak into the roof, in between your siding, into your walls and cause damage to your foundation and build up moisture in your crawl space. Moisture in your crawl space or attic can cause serious issues including mold and eroding your housing frame. If you live under heavy tree coverage and have a constant battle with debris and leaves, it may be a good idea to consider a gutter guard system as well as other options for your gutters to allow for easy cleaning.
Being up on your roof too much can cause damage to your roof. During the summer and winter months, your shingles will heat up under the hot sun and walking on them will cause the granules to scrape off. Always be careful when hanging Christmas decorations. Don’t drill or puncture any unnecessary holes in the roof or attach hooks or decorations to the edges of your shingles.
Don’t wait to repair your roof. What may seem like an insignificant or inexpensive repair that you’re putting off will turn into a major issue. Roof leaks don’t just resolve themselves or go away. It doesn’t hurt to get a quote from a contractor, most, if not all contractors offer free repair or replacement estimates. This could be a helpful tool in better understanding the extent of your roofing issues and planning the best way to proceed. Here at MCE, we offer free evaluations of your roofing and gutter systems. Give MCE a call at (503) 397-2215 or Fill Out Our Free Roofing Consultation Form to schedule a contact-free roof evaluation.. We are family owned and operated serving Columbia County, the Portland Metro and surrounding areas with over 25 years of experience.