Using high-quality roofing material and relying on a top-tier roofing contractor to install it properly will greatly lower your risk of getting a roof leak. But the simple fact is that nothing in this world is forever. Everything wears down eventually and needs some maintenance.
The best thing you can do to protect your roof (and your home's interior below it) is to understand what causes roofing to leak and how to prevent it. After that, just be quick to call in the professionals to fix any leaks that do develop rather than delaying and giving leaks a chance to grow worse and do more damage.
1. Know The Most Leak-prone Areas Of A Roof
Well installed roofing will keep the water out, but eventually, the elements can take their toll and cause a leak. When this happens, there are certain areas of the roof that are more likely to let the water in than others.
For example, water running off your roof concentrates in the valleys where two roof sections meet, making that a likely spot. And flashing around chimneys are a common entry point since there is a joint between the roof structure and the chimney. Vents and ridge caps can often develop a leak too.
2. The Edges Of Roofing Are Often The Problem
Along the eaves, or edges, of your home's roofing is another likely place that a leak could occur.
If drip edge was never installed on the eaves, or was improperly installed, this could allow water to rot out the fascia board and get up under the shingles on the edges of your roof. If your gutters overflow because they are stuffed with dead leaves and sticks, this may intensify the problem.
That's why it's best to clean out your gutters twice a year. And be sure to have drip edge installed if your roof currently lacks it.
3. Damaged Shingles May Let The Water Flow In
Wind, water, and the hot Florida sun take their toll over the years and can damage asphalt roofing shingles. Or a hurricane or other storm may do even worse damage in short space of time.
Shingles that bubble up from heat exposure, bend back or fold over due to high winds, crack, have their tabs break off, come loose, or simply blow off the roof can no longer be counted on to keep the water out. It's that simple.
Instead of attempting DIY roof repair, you can fix the problem faster, safer, and with better results by contacting a local roofing contractor.
4. Your Roof May Simply Be Too Old
Finally, roof leaks frequently result from the fact that roofing may be too old and in a highly deteriorated condition. It may have the granules mostly blown off the asphalt shingles, for example, or the shingles themselves may be brittle and fragile.
In this case, roof replacement should be done as soon as possible so as to prevent numerous roof repairs and potential interior damage due to multiple roof leaks within a relatively short space of time.
For quick attention to all your roofing needs, including emergency roof repairs to stop major leaks, contact Sheegog Contracting in Central Florida today!