Is a Leaking Roof an Emergency?

We’ll get to work right away: when it comes to leaking roofs, whether it’s a major or minor leak, it’s critical. Unfortunately, many homeowners think that a little bit of water is not an emergency, but the truth is that even a little bit of water can lead to a lot of damage. So if you’ve been living with obvious signs of leakage, such as “rustic wall stains,” or if you’ve repurposed all your large cooking pots as living room rain catchers, you’ve got a roofing emergency on your hands. In fact, if left unchecked, water will cause significant damage to your home’s interior.

Common Leak Causes

If you notice that your roof is leaking, it is important to determine the cause to prevent further damage. Here are some of the most common causes of roof leaks:

  1. Older roofing materials. Over time, roofs take a beating, and after years of high winds, fluctuating temperatures and storms, your roof may have decided to give up. A leaking roof is usually caused by old age or if the roof has had to endure several storms. If the leak is coming from the roof, you should call a roofing contractor to determine if you need a partial replacement or if the entire roof needs to be redone.
  2. Missing or broken shingles. Missing roof shingles or roof shingles that have cracked, curled and started to lose their protective surface can lead to a roof leak. Although roofing material is made to expand and contract with changes in temperature, roof leaks can occur if holes or missing shingles are not replaced.
  3. Clogged gutters. When debris such as sticks, leaves, and other yard debris builds up or gets stuck in gutters, moisture can’t drain properly, which can lead to wall moisture damage or rain.
  4. Damaged flashing and roof openings. While roof flashes divert water away from key areas of the roof, roof vents are essential to allow heat and moisture to escape from your attic. Both can lead to a major leak if damaged or not properly sealed. It is important to get into the habit of checking vents and flashing.
  5. condensation. Temperature changes can cause condensation to build up in your attic, causing the occasional mold growth that can infiltrate roof systems and lead to roof damage and eventually a roof leak.
  6. Badly installed skylights. While skylights can be a great way to add natural light into your home, they tend to be one of the biggest offenders of leaking roofs. If left unchecked, they can cause massive internal roof damage. Make sure your skylights are installed correctly to avoid the need for a roof leak repair.

water damaged roofPrevent roof leakage?

When it comes to roof leakage, damage control is a must! Here’s a handy preventative maintenance checklist:

  • Remove dirt from gutters and the roof surface
  • Maintenance of joints, joints and other roofing materials
  • Repair roof coatings if necessary
  • Inspect your roof regularly for breakthroughs/damages
  • Watch out for caulking or sealing problems
  • Fix potential problems, such as a leaking pipe or something that could cause water damage

Emergency repair of roof leakage

In general, for most leaks, you will need to schedule a quick repair. But if you notice multiple leaks, massive external roof damage, structural damage, or water damage to internal ceilings, you should call in a professional roofer as soon as possible.

And while we have your attention, an important PSA:

There’s a lot you can do on your own to limit damage, but it’s best to contact a professional to fix the leak yourself, especially in the event of a major emergency. Attempting to make the repairs yourself can result in serious injury, further leakage and interior damage.

Do you have a roof that has been weakened by a storm or a roof that urgently needs to be repaired? Christian Roofing Inc. has you covered. In addition to a wide range of other roofing work, they offer roofing services. Call today to schedule your repair appointment!

About Christian roofing

Christian Roofing, Inc., is here to provide you with a variety of excellent roofing services, whether you’re equipping a seaside cottage or a large corporate warehouse. Our experienced team of roofers are able to work on any residential, commercial or industrial project, regardless of size or scope.

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