Five Ways to Prevent Roof Leaks
Posted on September 18th, 2018 by rahul
Nothing strikes fear into a homeowner more than a roof leak. Not only do leaks invite costly water damage into your home, they can be difficult to locate and repair. One of the best ways to ensure your roof doesn’t become the victim of leaks is to follow regular preventive maintenance. Depend on your local residential roofing contractors to provide you with the highest quality leak barriers and roof deck protection as well as new roofs.
Here are five ways you can prolong the life of your roof and keep potential leaks at bay.
1. Inspect Roof Flashing
Architectural features like chimneys or skylights are common sources of water infiltration, as they protrude from the roof’s surface and impede the natural flow of water. Regularly inspect the condition of your roof flashing, the job of which is to direct water around openings and prevent leaks. However, when there are gaps between the flashing and the roof or when the flashing is bent, you need to have these issues addressed by a professional immediately.
2. Check the Drip Edge
The drip edge — the metal flashing that directs water away from the fascia – needs special attention because if you neglect it, your roof will become vulnerable to wood rot, insects and leaks. Again, if you notice problems with the drip edge or it is caught during a routine roofing inspection, get it repaired right away.
3. Maintain Roof Step Flashing
Roof step flashing is designed to protect dormers, roof-to-wall transitions and other areas of your house. These are common sources of water penetration, so inspecting these areas for damage will save you cash over the long haul instead of paying for unnecessary expensive repairs and replacements.
4. Inspect the Attic
Not all leaks originate with the roof. Sometimes, issues start in the attic. Take the time to regularly inspect your attic, being on the lookout for:
- Algae stains on plywood
- Lack of ventilation
- Clogs in intake vents
- Soaked insulation, particularly when it hasn’t rained recently
- Black rings or rust around nails
5. Clean and inspect Gutters
The main job of your gutter system is to direct the flow of water out and away from your home. When your gutters are clogged with debris, water can’t get through and can cause a backup right at the roof line. Also, make sure your gutters and downspouts are properly sloped and securely attached to the exterior, or you could experience roof drainage problems.
It’s a good idea to clean your gutters twice a year to get rid of any pine needles, leaves, twigs, birds’ nests, acorns and other debris. All that extra weight can cause it to rip off the side of your home. If you have trees that overhang the home, trim them back twice a year.
Contact Exterior Pros
If you experience any of these problems, don’t attempt to remedy the situation on your own. Falls are a major risk of DIY roof jobs. Instead, call the residential roofing contractors at Exterior Pros. We use a variety of high-quality GAF products including leak barriers and roof deck protection. To learn more about how a new roof can benefit you, contact us today at 262-456-3530, or complete our online form to request a free consultation.