If your roof starts to leak, it’s time to get a hold of your local roofer. Often, the source or cause of the leak is hidden from plain view and if you’ve never dealt with roofing repairs before, it may be enough to send you into a panic. Don’t worry. While a leaking roof certainly isn’t ideal, if dealt with immediately, minor to moderate repairs may be all that is needed. However, if left on its own, a leak can spread, leading to much bigger problems such as mold and interior structural damage. Below are 4 of the most common causes of leaking roofs.
- Broken flashing: While the tiles of your roof may be in great shape, the flashing below may fall into disrepair. Flashing refers to the metal, waterproof sheets protecting your home and directing water away from your roof. Cracks, breaks, and holes in flashing are among the chief issues leading to leaky roofs.
- Clogged gutters: Do you remember the last time you cleaned your gutters? If not, it may be time to get out the ladder and do some roofing maintenance. Your gutters are a main tool for rerouting water in a safe direction away from your home. When they become dirty or clogged, water can begin to build up, causing problems on your roof.
- Cracked shingles or tiles: Whatever material your roof is made of, whether it be ceramic tile, slate, or wooden shingles, a break in even one area can let the elements into the layers beneath. Your roof’s shingles or tiles are the first barrier between you and the rest of the world. While a small crack here or a chip there may not seem threatening, it can require your immediate attention and it is best to replace them as soon as possible.
- Debris accumulation in the valleys: The sections of your roof where two slopes meet are known as valleys. Plant debris and organic matter tends to gather in these areas. This is also the area where water tends to gather before running off of your roof. When valleys are not properly maintained water can stagnate in this area breaking down the waterproofing components of your roofing system in this area, water can begin to seep through to your home.
If you think you have a leak, call the Tucson & Phoenix roofers at Lyons Roofing as soon as possible and save yourself the headache of major repairs. We know how stressful these issues can be. Our team can walk you through each stage of the repair to help you understand what might have happened as well as how to prevent leaks in the future.
Call (520) 447-2522 or reach out to our team online and tell us about your roofing issue.