A leaking roof is more than just an annoyance; it may indicate a serious structural issue.
A leaking roof can have many different causes, some of which may not be obvious. Even after fixing all obvious and common causes, a leak may still persist. If the leaks are around the chimney area, they will be even harder to diagnose and the exact cause may not always be clearly visible. It is important for homeowners to understand that apart from the visible problems, there could be underlying issues as well, which you may not be able to identify. In many cases, only an expert roofer with years of experience can spot the exact cause of the roof leaking and fix it properly.
Causes of a Leak Roof
- Gutters: Sometimes a section of gutter may become clogged or may not drain properly and the water may enter inside making it look like a chimney leak. You can often fix this kind of a leak by cleaning the downspouts and gutters regularly, adjusting the hanging gutters, and by relining the box gutters. Different homes have gutters made of different materials and it is possible that the same house may have different gutter types.
- Defects in the roofing material: If you have a tile roof or slate roof then a broken or missing tile can cause a leak. If you have a tile roof, worn-out underlayment may cause a leak. If you have an asphalt roof, the material itself may have completed its lifetime. The roofing material may also get damaged due to a storm.
- Flashing Problems: Flashing is the thin piece of metal that is installed in seams and joints to prevent water from entering in. It can be made from different metals such as copper. If the flashing around chimney gets damaged or has deteriorated, it can cause leaks in the roof. In this case, the solution is to remove the old metal and replace it with soldered flashings.
Regular Preventive Maintenance
There may be various factors contributing to a leak in the roof. It is important to identify and resolve the problem before it becomes too big. For this reason, it is a good idea to ask an experienced roofer to inspect your roof periodically. Under preventive maintenance, a roofer will inspect both the roof and guttering system to make sure they are in good working order. Preventive maintenance also makes sure that your roof and gutters work properly when you need them the most.
St. Louis Roof Repair
Periodic maintenance of your roof and gutters can save you thousands of dollars that you may have to spend if the leak becomes too big and the damage reaches a point where it is beyond repair. If your roof has been leaking or you have been experiencing any other issues with your roof, you can trust the St. Louis roofing experts at Duration Construction! Call us today at (314) 238-1357!