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5 Places Where Your Roof Is Most Likely To Leak

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.

Deteriorating Mortar

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.

Damaged Flashing

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.

Damaged Shingles

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.

Leaking Skylights

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.

Clogged Gutters

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.

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Which Roof is Right For You?

Choosing a new roof can be a trying ordeal when there are so many options. Is a metal roof right for you, or are shingles a better fit? Or should you opt for something entirely different, like a living roof made up of different types of vegetation? Once the roof is in place, how can you best take care of it and extend its life? This blog will explore the different types of roof options that are available to you, and the different strategies for taking care of a roof once it's in place. Read through for ideas that you can use to apply to your own home.