Dealing with Roof Damage and Roof Leaks

The Common Causes of Roof Damage and How to Avoid them

A beautifully crafted home perfect in design and other pertinent components will be all for naught if its roof is damaged or has leaks. There is nothing more irritating than the pools of water on interior floors or water marks on the ceiling. Roof damage can occur due to various reasons and a leaky roof is one result of a damaged roof. Don't panic when you see tell-tale signs of roof damages or leaks. It is best to find any damage and leaks before major repairs are called for.

Roof Damage: Big Problem

A damaged roof is definitely a big problem. Water can enter through any minor leaks and it can ruin your ceilings and walls and even the columns and posts of your house. The mould and mildew that could thrive in wet nooks and crannies can even cause health problems and present an unhealthy environment in your home.

Roof damage is not an unusual occurrence as it could happen to any house for various reasons. In other words, no matter what kind of roofing material you use, damages to some extent are bound to happen. The important thing is for you to locate the damage while it is still small and manageable.

 The Major Causes of Roof Damage

Some of the major causes of roof damages are:

The end of it all is that you have to do a routine maintenance of your roof if you want it to last longer that its usual lifespan. Asphalt roofing can last up to 15 years. Roofs made of slate, clay or cement tile can last a lifetime only if well-maintained. If you are one of those house owners who do not inspect their roofs, start now. Here are some pointers when inspecting your roof for damages.

Minor roof repairs are easy enough for a regular DIY-er. However, if upon assessment you find that you would cause more damage than good, call a professional roof repair man for the job.

Common Areas for Roof Leakage 

There are areas in the roofing structure of a house that is more susceptible to leaks. For shingle roofing, the most common areas where leaks occur are at:

These leaks are quite easy to fix. Try removing the old caulking and apply a fresh coat. This "fix" is cheap and quite easy to do. You can also try bending a strip of aluminium and placing the strips strategically to divert rainwater away from the affected area and then sealing it with caulk. If you can't do this job, call for a professional for the installation.

There are roof leakages that have nothing to do with damaged or leaky roofs. An example is an ice dam leaks. This happens when gutters and downspouts are blocked by too much snow. The natural flow of water in the roof is blocked and when this happens water backs up under flashings, tar paper, shingles, and cement tiles.

Water condensation from the loft could also cause leaks in the ceiling. High humidity can cause condensation and leave water marks on your ceilings.

The best time to check for roof damages and roof leakages is during summer and fall before the onset of winter and spring. Look for dents and cracks. Repair small damages before they become big and become costly to repair.

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