Narrowing Down the Reasons Why Your Roof is Leaking

Probably one of the most annoying problem you can have with your roofing is a leak occurring. Having a leak is not something you would want to happen to your roof especially if the roof has just ben newly installed. Letting a leak go unattended without any roof repair would only result to more damage in the roofing components and anything exposed to the water and moisture below. With all the money you spent to get the roofing installed, having to spend more for roof repairs would only add more to the headache. Over time roofing can get damaged and leaks will eventually happen, the goal is to narrow down as to what caused the leak in the first place.

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If your roofing is fairly new especially if it is built out of sturdy material, chances are the leak is not caused by damage but by some issues when the roofing was installed onto your home. If your roofing hasn’t been installed properly, expect something unfavorable to happen such as a leaky roof. So now, we are going to help you narrow down the issues (in installation) of your roofing that may have led to your roof having a leak.

  1. Roof slope is insufficient – When a roof is installed, the slope of the roofing is angled in such a way so that premature leaks will not happen. For metal roofs, the require slope of the shingles is 4/12 inches. If the slope of your roof is below the minimum requirement, water wouldn’t run down the roof properly and a leak will likely occur.
  2. Panels were not locked and secured properly – If the panels in your roofing are not locked and secured together properly, there will be gaps in between. It is through these gaps that water and moisture can get through and result in a leak.
  3. Chimney flashings not applied properly – When you are having roofing installed, the roofers will apply flashings around certain areas such as the chimney so as to seal off spaces. Improper application of flashings means a space has been left allowing water to seep through the roofing and into your home.
  4. Side wall flashings not applied properly – Just as with chimney flashings, when roofing is installed, flashings are also applied to the walls. Note that the application of flashings on your walls should be at a distance of at least five inches from the base but inspecting these can be tricky as the area may be covered with some siding.
  5. There is a lack of coating – When a roof is installed coating is applied giving your roof a great defense against the intrusion of moisture. However, in the case where the coating was not applied properly or the amount of coating applied is lacking, chances are water will find its way through your roofing and seep into your home resulting in a leak.

If you have found the cause of your leak, you should call up professional roofers to work on the roof repair and solve your woes.

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