What Areas Of Your Home Expose It To Water Intrusion That Can Damage Your Roof?

23 January 2018
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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A leaky roof can be a costly repair. However, homeowners do not have to experience this type of issue. This is because roof inspections and proper roof maintenance can aid in preventing this type of damage. It is likely that most homeowners do not have the skills needed to navigate their roofs, which means that they could injure themselves or cause additional damage. For example, sometimes asphalt shingles form blisters, and walking on top of the blistering can result in water intrusion. Water intrusion can lead to damages such as mold or brown staining on walls and ceilings. The following points will help you to recognize potential roof leaks.

Attic

Some homeowners think that they should focus on their roofs. However, attics can also cause issues. This is because roof leaks can result in attic damage. These damages may go undetected until they are extensive. Many homeowners do not access their attics, or rarely do, and this leaves plenty of time for damage to get worse. The end result can be costly repairs such as mold remediation. It is also possible for pest infestations to occur. Sometimes attics also overheat, which can cause condensation in the area. This lead to the same type of damage. 

Extensions 

You may have numerous extensions on your home. Plumbing events can become cracked. If you have skylights, water can get trapped behind them. Chimneys can also result in water intrusion, and critters that gnaw, such as squirrels, can gnaw on flashing and allow water to enter. Perhaps you have a satellite attached to your home. An improper installation can result in water intrusion. This is because they need to be properly attached to your roof's flashing. 

Gutters

Clogged gutters will not allow the water from your roof to drain properly. This is why gutter cleaning needs to be a part of your roof maintenance. Gutters must slope at the correct angle, and all parts should be intact to ensure proper drainage. For example, broken fasteners need to be replaced; if you discover that you are replacing fasteners, screws or other components regularly, you should consider a gutter replacement.

If you need to know whether you are in need of roof repair, a roofing contractor is a good resource to use. They can advise you on whether or not you need a roof replacement, and they can clean your gutters, repair them, or replace them if needed.