The Truth About Roof Leaks

roofYour roof is the only thing standing between your home and the elements. If your roof is damaged, water will penetrate the roofing system. Left unchecked, this leads to mold and mildew. Get the truth about roof leaks today to protect your home, your family, and the your peace of mind.

Causes of Roof Leaks

Roof leaks happen when the roof sustains damage or starts to degrade due to old age. Deteriorating around chimney or skylight flashing leads to leaks, as does deteriorated caulk or seals. Missing or damaged shingles can cause roof leaks, too.

Ice dams lead to roof damage if not treated, often by tearing the gutter and roofing system away from the home.

Heavy storms can cause roof damage due to high winds, flying debris, downed branches, or heavy rain or hail. It’s always important to survey your roof after a major storm, so you can repair damage.

Most asphalt roofing systems last 20 years, so if yours is near the end of its lifespan, be alert.

Finding Roof Leaks

Leaks rarely travel in a straight line from the roof down to the interior ceiling. Water meanders, which makes it difficult to spot the source of a roof leak just by looking. Sometimes, plumbing or AC leaks can mimic roof leaks by causing ceiling damage.

The best way to diagnose where a roof is leaking is to contact a professional roofer, who will climb up on the roof and check things out. Licensed roofing contractors have insurance (so you won’t be liable if they’re injured) and know how to repair or install roofing systems the right way (so they last).

How Leaks are Fixed

If you think there’s something wrong with your roof, get it check out immediately. The longer you wait, the worse the damage gets. A roofing contractor will check things out, then repair the damage. For small leaks, the contractor can usually fix things in a localized spot. For example, the roofer might replace damaged flashing around a chimney or replaced a failed skylight with a better product that makes a tight seal.

Brandstetter’s KangaRoof is your Cincinnati-area roofer with 20 years of experience. We belong to the National Roofing Contractors Association and we offer a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.

Call us today to get your roof checked out and receive a free estimate for roof repair: 513.713.0418.