No homeowner wants to discover that his or her roof is leaking. A leaking roof can cause major structural damage if it is not repaired quickly. Homeowners can struggle to identify the source of a leak. Water stains and other damage can appear in areas far removed from the leak itself, making identification a real challenge.
You can begin looking for leaks in your roof by examining these three common causes of roof leaks while inspecting your roofing system.
1. Check All Roof Penetrations
A good rule of thumb to follow when checking for leaks is to examine anything that pops through your roof. There are many components that penetrate through your roofing materials. These components can include decorative features like a skylight or chimney, and functional features like plumbing or HVAC vents.
All of these components need to be inspected to ensure they have the proper flashing and sealant required to prevent water from leaking into your home. The outer edges of these penetrating components are common sources of leaks when they are not sealed properly.
2. Examine the Drip Edge
Many homeowners have never heard of a drip edge. This obscure roofing element plays a central role in protecting your fascia against water damage. The drip edge is a piece of metal flashing that is installed along the perimeter of your roof.
As water drains toward the edge of the roof, it flows over the drip edge instead of dripping down onto the fascia. This prevents the water from causing the fascia to rot. Rotting fascia can deteriorate and allow water to leak into your home's building envelope.
The rotting materials can also attract insects that might cause additional damage to your roof. Make sure your drip edge is present and intact to ward off leaks in the future.
3. Look in the Attic
It's easy to assume that all leaks are caused by failing roofing materials, but the problem might actually be inside your attic. You need to take the time to look in your home's attic space on a regular basis. Check for signs of mold growth or rust marks around nail heads securing the roof decking to the attic.
Mold and rust are signs of condensation inside your attic. Condensation is caused by improper ventilation. The water damage created by condensation can make you think you have a leak in your roof, when all you really have is a ventilation imbalance. An experienced roofing contractor can help you establish proper ventilation to eliminate condensation.
Contact a service, like NKS Contracting, for more help.Share
29 April 2019
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