The Leading Causes of Roof Leaks

A leaky roof is nothing to ignore. There’s always the possibility that your roof could be leaking in an area of your home that you cannot see. If this happens, you might not know about the leak until it is too late. Here are five common causes of roof leaks. You’ll know what to look for as a homeowner before it’s too late.

The Age of the Roof

One of the leading causes of roof leaks is the age of the roof. The age of a roof can take a major hit in the Florida sun. Materials will deteriorate over time and be less effective at preventing water from entering your home. It’s important that you have a trusted roofing contractor who can examine your home’s roof if it is over 10 years old.

The Slope of the Roof

The slope of the roof can also cause a leak in your home. If the slope of the roof is not deep enough, the wind can force the shingles to lift up, allowing water and debris to get in underneath them. It won’t take long for the water to find its way into your home. A roof should have a slope ratio of 2:12 if you want to have asphalt shingles installed.

roof leaksThe Gutters are Clogged

Have you cleaned out the gutters on your home recently? If not, this very well could be the cause of your roof leaking. The gutters need to be kept clear of leaves, branches, dead animals and other debris at all times. If not, the water that flows into the gutters can overflow and pour down areas of your home that can send it into the home.

Cracked Flashing

Have you thought of checking the flashing on your roof as a reason for the leak in your home? If you don’t know what flashing is, it is a thin piece of metal that is installed underneath a shingle and on the joint of your roof. The flashing helps to create a barrier that is supposed to be resistant to water. Exposed flashing can be affected negatively by the weather, causing it to crack or break away from the roof completely. This leaves a gap in the roof that can cause a leak.

Missing or Broken Shingles

This is very easy to find as all you need to do is look up at your roof while outside. Are there shingles missing? You will notice an area of different colors on the roof when shingles if that’s the case. You might also find them littered around your yard after a severe weather event. Make sure you replace these missing or broken shingles if you want to avoid water damage inside your home.

Call Aastro Roofing Today

Have you found a leak in your Boca Raton roof? If so, you need to contact the experienced and trusted roofing contractors from Aastro Roofing immediately to schedule an appointment for service. We will examine the issue, determine if the fix is a simple repair or if you need a new roof, and then conduct the project for you. Call us at 561-409-3280 to schedule an appointment for roof repairs today.