3 Common Causes of Roof Leaks

3 Common Causes of Roof Leaks


A roof leak can mean far more than just an annoying dripping noise that carries on while you’re trying to sleep. Roofing leaks can often lead to damage throughout your attic insulation, mold and mildew growth as well as a huge reduction in your energy efficiency. Roof leaks can be caused by a series of issues and identifying these problems can be the first step in fixing the leak. Here are some of the main causes of roof leaks.

Cracked Shingles

If your roof is 20 to 30 years old you might start to see the signs of rotting or cracking in your roofing system. Shingles might even start to come loose or fall to the ground. If your roof is starting to fall under poor condition, it’s important you have it inspected to look for the signs of a leak. Replacing cracked shingles or getting a complete roofing replacement on the shingles could be the only way to prevent leaks in the future.

Flashing Problems

Flashing is the sections of metal that protect the valleys and areas where your roof meets vertical surfaces. If the flashing gets dislodged by winds or damaged, this can regularly lead to areas where your roofing systems are exposed. Rainwater will simply run into areas where the flashing is open and lead to eventual leaks. Quick repairs on flashing can help to eliminate the chance for leaks.

Backed Out Roofing Nails

Roofing nails can sometimes backed out of roofing materials. These little holes in your roofing system can often be difficult to notice but when your roof is inspected by a professional, it’s easy to spot these signs. Roofing nails can back out over time but this issue can also occur after a repair has happened and it was carried out incorrectly. Catching these backed out roofing nail issues can help to make sure that you don’t have to complete a premature roof replacement or face a leak.

Consider some of these common causes of roof leaks if you are noticing the early signs throughout your home. If you need a roofing inspection contact Old Time Roofing today.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing, one of the best roofing companies in St Petersburg FL. Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. A Old Time Roofing has been a tradition in quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.


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