Roof Leaks: 4 Common Causes

Roof leaks are one of the most common damages done to a home’s roof and one of the most stressful things a homeowner can deal with. Not only is putting a bucket down every time it rains annoying, but the thought of cost and repairs can leave your head spinning. So how do you know if it’s going to be a quick repair or a complete roof replacement? Knowing the common causes for roof leaks can save you time, money, and anxiety.

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The flashing is thin pieces of material that are installed to prevent water from permeating into a structure. Leaks can start where the flashing is damaged or missing. If it’s left unrepaired, it can seep under the roofing.

Clogged Gutters

Gutters are supposed to help move water away from your roof. When the gutters aren’t properly or frequently cleaned, it can cause the gutter to become clogged. Clogged gutters stop the flow of water and then build up water in one area of the roof, which might cause water to leak into cracks.

Damaged Shingles

Shingle damage can cause roof leaks in a couple of ways. The first cause is that shingles are missing; inclement weather and wind can tear shingles from the roof, exposing the area and making it vulnerable to water leaks. Another cause is broken shingles; the shingles can be broken from an object falling on the roof or they shingle are past their prime and will start to erode.

Ice Dams

Snow not only causes icy roofs, but they can also cause snow buildup. An ice dam forms on a roof when the heat from your attic is above freezing, which causes the snow to melt. Water will then run down and get caught in the snow on the roof’s edge creating a dam. If the dam grows heavier, the water will start to drip into your house.

If you’re interested in a roof inspection to get your roof winter ready, call the professionals at Cincinnati Roofing.  We have been serving the Cincinnati, OH area since 1991, and we are ready to assist you! Give us a call today at 513-563-9988