Think your roof is solid and not at risk of leaking? There are many places that can be a weak spot where water will eventually get into your home. Be aware of these potential problem areas.
You will want to pay attention to the mortar that surrounds your home's chimney. While there is flashing designed to protect for leaks around the chimney, the flashing only goes so high. It's possible that you have crumbling mortar that is going to start letting water in through your chimney. You'll need professional help to replace the mortar around your chimney so that it is well protected.
Flashing is made out of metal, but it is not impervious to damage. Common problems with flashing include sections that become detached from the roof's surface and allow water to flow behind it or flashing that has cracks. This will require repair or replacement to prevent water from reaching the roof deck.
Shingle damage can be hard to identify unless you know what you're looking for. All it takes is a few shingles that have cracks in them to let water flow behind the shingles. The water will eventually reach your roof deck and start seeping into your attic. This problem will require replacing individual shingles to stop water from getting underneath all of them.
Skylights are a great way to bring natural light into a room that doesn't have traditional windows. However, these windows are essentially a hole in your roof that is covered with glass. There is always a possibility that the seal around the window will break down, which causes water to get into your home. It is worth having a roofing contractor inspect your roof annually if you have skylights in your home.
Your gutters are designed to take water that runs off the surface of the roof and redirect it to a downspout. Unfortunately, gutters can become clogged and cause the water to never reach the downspout. The water will then rise up until it reaches the bottom of your shingles, where it will seep into the fascia boards. You'll need to take steps to make sure your gutters remain clean by either regularly cleaning them or installing gutter guards.
If you are experiencing any issues where water is leaking into your home through your roof, speak with residential roofers for assistance.