Common Issues To Look For When Your Roof Is Leaking
When you are looking to find where a leak is coming from on your homes roof you may be overwhelmed at first. Although know two roofs are alike there are still some commonalities when it comes to leakage issues. There are a few common places that roofing contractor’s checkout first when homeowners mention that their roofs are leaking. Below we will discuss what to look for if you should experience a leak in your roof.
Flashing is an essential element in roofing. It is the metal piece that is used to attach vents and other ducting on the surface of the roof. The metal flashing will most likely need to be replaced before the homes roof because as it ages it can crack and corrode. Roof flashing is the number one point of failure on a roof and therefore should be the first place you inspect you suspect your roof is leaking. Normal repair costs for flashing repairs on your homes roof usually range between ten and twenty dollars.
Another common place to look when you are experiencing a leak in your homes roof is the vertical slit between the shingles. Water freely flows between the vertical slits in the shingles and thus causes corrosion. This in turn can lead to a leak in the roof.
All shingling is covered with an exterior stony coating. This extra layer of coating on the shingle adds protection against ultra-violet rays. When the stony coating starts to wear off the asphalt shingle it becomes exposed to the elements. If you begin to notice bare spots in the shingling it is important to replace them before it becomes a problem. If the bare spots in the shingling are left untreated water can start to cause water to pool and a leak to occur.
Skylights are a great way to let in the natural daylight however they are also a major contributor to leaks. Water is allowed to run down the slop of the roof hitting the flat upper edge of the skylight getting trapped in there. Another thing that can occur is cracking in the skylight. Sealant to correct the issue costs about five dollars. If the flashing is the cause of the leak it can cost anywhere between twenty five to eight dollars to replace.
If there is a leak it is important to address the cause of the problem before fixing the effects of the leak. Chimneys are also another source of where leaks occur as well as the valleys in the roof. If you are unable to locate the leak on your own call in a professional roofer to assist you evaluate the problem before the roof repair turns into roof replacement.