Leaks in your roof can be a nightmare to deal with. They can lead to mold, damage to your roof along with the walls and ceilings inside your house if not dealt with. You may think that to locate the leak all you have to do is follow the trail of water, but unfortunately it is typically not that easy. In this article we want to spread the knowledge we gained over years of residential roofing in order to make it easier for you to pin down the source of pesky leaks.
Starting with the most obvious this should also be the first place checked. Taking care not to damage your shingles or fall off as you search, look for any cracks or missing tiles. Leaks in your shingles can also be due to something as small as a nail coming loose so keep an eye open for any small details that could be causing the problem.
This is a common leak location but not for the reason you may first think about. No, water coming down your chimney into your home is not likely to happen, they are designed to avoid this. However, chimneys are susceptible to leaks due to the fact that they use multiple types of flashing. Flashing is made up of a thin material such as galvanized steel, that is used to surround things like chimneys and skylights. It directs water away from the seams on a roof, supposedly protecting it from any leaks. Because of the many types of flashing used in chimneys, there can occasionally be mistakes made that can be something as little as a small crack above where it ends. Look out for these cracks on and around the flashing.
Wind Blown Leaks
Wind blown leaks can, unfortunately, happen even if your roof is in perfect condition. This is where the wind blows rain water back up your roof where it can run under your shingles and into the house. Depending on how strong the wind is, the water propelled by it can be strong enough to squeeze into even the smallest vulnerability. There are, however, a few ways to prevent this such as using roofing cement under any shingles at the edge of your roof. If you live in a particularly windy area and are worried about your roof, give North Vancouver Roofing & Contracting a call and we will be more than happy to help.
Sometimes, a leak that appears to be coming from your roof is actually not related at all. Things like heavy rainfall and high humidity can cause condensation that can trick us, making it seem that your roof is compromised when it is perfectly fine.
If left unattended, leaks can cause expensive damage to your property and even your health if mold starts to grow. If you suspect you may have a leak but don’t know where the water is coming from, contact North Vancouver Roofing & Contracting not only for roof repair but also to set your mind at ease.