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4 Common Reasons for a Leaking Roof (and What You Should Do About Them)

Posted by: Clyde Nettles
Sep 14, 2016
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A structure's roof is its main shield of protection. Leaking roofs on any type of building need to be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. A leaking roof is costly and hazardous, but if not corrected, it can lead to damage in other areas of the home.

These additional damages can include:

  • Mold caused by water saturation of wood in attics or ceilings
  • Structural compromise
  • Electric wiring damage
  • Fire hazards from damaged electrical wiring and outlets

These additional damages can remain hidden and worsen over time. Leaking roofs can be caused by a number of things.

Here are the four most common causes:

Wind Damage

If your roof has loose shingles on it, a strong wind will likely pull those shingles off or loosen them even more. Hail that can be brought with strong storms also are known to damage shingles. Leaks can occur after strong wind because of objects that hit the roof during storms.

Older Roofs

If your structure has an older roof, it should be inspected and repaired where possible. If repairs are going to be extensive, it should be replaced. On average, a roof can last between 20 and 25 years.

Missing Shingles

Shingles can be torn off a roof by a strong wind or storm. If the shingles weren't properly installed, they may fall off or not have a complete seal to protect your home from leaks.

Debris Damage

Wind-blown objects can damage your roof during a storm. Items that naturally fall off trees can loosen or break shingles. Often, debris damage over time will wear your roof out and cause leaks. Dark spots on asphalt singles or leaks are good indications of debris damage.

Seek Professional Help if Your Roof is Leaking

If you've experienced any of the above issues, it's best to call in professional help to ensure the problem is corrected properly. For more information on roof repairs and replacement, contact Clyde Nettles Roofing & Painting today!


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