If you've noticed wet spots, or mold on the ceiling in your home, you've got a leaky roof. While you will need to take care of the problem right away, leaks don't necessarily mean that you need to have your roof replaced. In fact, there are quite a few minor issues that can cause your roof to leak. Before you start budgeting for a new roof, take a few minutes to try and isolate the cause of your leaky roof. Once you've isolated the problem, you'll know how to proceed with the repairs. Here are three common causes for leaky roofs.
When trying to find the cause of roof leaks, the first place you should check is the roof itself; specifically the shingles. Damaged, or missing shingles can expose the sub-structure of the roof, leaving it vulnerable to water damage, which can lead to leaks inside your home. Take a look at your shingles. If you notice damaged shingles, or areas where the shingles are missing altogether, you should have those repaired as soon as possible. That could be the cause of your leaks.
You might not realize this, but problems with your rain gutters could lead to roof leaks. Here are two of the reasons why your gutters may the cause of your leaks.
If you live in a region that experiences freezing winter weather, you could be developing ice dams. Ice dams develop when the water rises up to the top of the gutter and seeps under your shingles. As the water freezes, it expands, causing the shingles to lift away from the roof. Once the ice melts, your roof can leak.
Clogged Gutter Drains
If your gutters are clogged, the water can't flow through properly. When that happens, the gutters can overflow, causing the water to soak into your roof. This can also cause leaks.
Insufficient Skylight Seals
If you've got skylights installed in your roof, they need to be properly sealed to keep the water out. If your roof is leaking near the skylights, you'll need to apply additional sealant, and check the surrounding shingles for damage. The excess water seeping under the shingles could have caused them to lift away from the roof. If that's happened, you'll need to replace your shingles in that area.
If your roof is leaking, use the information provided here to isolate the problem. For further assistance with your leaky roof, be sure to contact a roofing contractor near you (start with Fischer Roofing - Flat Roof Pros).