Every house should be maintained, especially that topmost part of it that covers and protects all inhabitants and property underneath. Unfortunately, some roofing issues if not properly handled would cause a series of event that could eventually affect many aspects of a house, both inside and out. Expensive repairs can be prevented if a problem is detected at an early stage when the repair process is easier and certainly more affordable!
When looking for leaks, the first thing one should know is what areas are prone to water seepage. Knowing this will help one when they are searching for the exact location of the leak so the corresponding repair can be rendered in the least amount of time.
- Flashing – There are several kinds of flashing; however, its ultimate purpose is to deflect water away from intersections and roofing angles. Problems arise if the flashing is not properly installed or is improperly sealed which can allow water to seep between the intersections and into the major underlying structure. Examine flashing first before looking at other areas.
- Materials – If the roofing material has reached its expected lifespan, the leak may be caused by the roofing material itself. This means that the entire roof should be checked for corrosion, buckling, excessive granulation, cracks, missing shingles, and nails backing out from the sheathing as all of these things are potential areas for water seepage.
- Valleys – Valleys are another common location for leaks as this is where the roofing edges come together. Valleys receive a lot of water during a rainy season and if this component has not been properly handled, or if any debris has accumulated in this area, water cannot flow freely into the drain pipes, allowing water to penetrate the structure. This location should be checked at least onde or twice a year and any accumulated debris removed.
- Skylights – Skylights add aesthetic beauty and allow natural lighting into a home; however, many times it is a potential source for water entry. If improperly positioned or the underlayment and protective cladding are not properly installed, external water may penetrate around the skylight and into a house. It is vital that professionals examine any skylights to determine if there any problems with them before any issue has a chance to get worse.
Nearly all causes of leaks can be prevented by periodic inspections and a regular maintenance schedule by a professional roofer. The knowledge for such a job requires the expertise of an experienced roofing professional who has a great deal of experience with external structures and water leakage issues. They know where leaks commonly occur and will perform a comprehensive and complete inspection to include all of the above-mentioned areas that are prone to water penetration. Experts should be contacted so the search for a leak can be carried out and action promptly taken to prevent any further damage to the roof!