Regardless of how big or small, your house is, roof leaks can be a major problem if you don’t plan ahead. The most problematic thing about roof leaks is that you won’t notice them until water is already dripping from your attic down to the walls and ceilings. That’s why roofers recommend having a roof inspection done at least once a year. Also, bear in mind that a roof inspection costs far less than roof repairs. It is imperative to understand the common causes of leaks and how to prevent them from happening.
The common causes of roof leaks and how they are addressed
Flashing is thin pieces of either metal or plastic installed beneath the roof shingles and joints to create a waterproof seal. They are held in place by an adhesive which can weaken over time. If the adhesive holding the flashing in place cracks, waterproofing is compromised. To fix the issue, the flashing must be lifted, resealed, and reset. This is a fairly straightforward process but time-consuming depending on the affected areas.
Roof shingles can break due to a number of reasons. Older shingles tend to become brittle and easily break even with low-force impact. If in case a small tree branch were to fall on an old roof, the shingles could break easily. The same thing could happen when a hailstorm hits your roof. At the first sight of broken shingles, roof repair North Myrtle Beach must follow. This is to ensure that no other parts of the roof are compromised.
If you have ever tried cleaning your gutters before, it would come as no surprise to find a lot of debris. The wind carries leaves and other debris that often get collected in the gutter. These foreign materials often rot and pile up in the gutter. If left uncleaned for a long time, the gutter could get clogged up. This will then cause the water to overflow into the roof rather than down the drain. In worse cases, leaks happen simply because of clogged gutters. Leaks can be avoided by cleaning the gutters regularly. If you don’t have the time to do so, you could hire a roofing contractor or a handyman to do it for you.
A cracked chimney
Cracks along the chimney can give your roof a number of problems. First of all, water could leak down into the roof and cause all sorts of issues. This then would make way for an even bigger leak. It is best to have this problem resolved by experts like NMB Roofing Pros.
Improperly installed skylights
Skylights can brighten your home significantly with natural light. However, they can be the cause of leaks if they are not installed accordingly. The installation of skylights must be done by professional roofers to ensure that proper sealing is done. Without proper installation, alignment, and sealing, the skylights could cause leaks and also compromise the home’s insulation.
Are you having roof leak problems? They could get worse by the day! Have them fixed right away! Call NMB Roofing Pros now! You may reach us at (843) 491-6382.
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North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582