There is not much worse for homeowners than a leaking roof. When it rains, the last thing you want to do is get a drip bucket. What makes a roof leak? Is there anything you can do to avoid it? Our team of flood damage restoration professionals has seen Jacksonville homeowners suffer from roof leaks far too many times. Understanding the cause can help you prevent a recurrence.

Cracks in the Flashing

The flashing on your roof is thin pieces of metal. The metal is under the shingles on the joints of the roof. The goal for the flashing is to create water-resistant barriers. If flashing breaks or cracks, it can lead to a leak immediately. Flashing can crack over time due to wear and tear from the weather.

Broken Shingles

The shingles of your roof can also break down over time. All you have to do is use the eye test on your roof. How do the shingles look? Do you see any that appear to be broken or starting to come off the surface? If you have patches of your roof that seem to be a different color, chances are the shingles are starting to dissipate. Broken shingles can quickly lead to a leaky roof.

Skylight Installations

Have you had a skylight added to your home recently? Do you have skylights at all? If so, they make it easy for leaks to come down from the roof. Skylights can sometimes have poor sealant around the windows themselves and the roof surface. A replacement of the sealant, the caulking, is all that’s needed.

Clogged Gutters

We see flood damage restoration calls across Jacksonville often due to clogged gutters. Take a look up at your gutters. Do you see leaves sticking out of them? Is water not traveling down the gutters as you would expect? Gutters are meant to help water travel away from the roof and the home overall. When you have blocked gutters, the water will stop in its tracks and could pool on one area of the roof.

Lack of Maintenance

The fix for many of the issues we described is maintenance. You have to be aware of the state of the roof and where potential weak points may exist. Watch out for the flashing, look at the chimney and the skylights. The more knowledgeable you are about the state of the roof, the more proactive you can be to repair it. You can help prevent leaks in the first place.

The team we assembled at Anderson Restoration is here to help if a roof leak ever occurs. We want you to avoid these leaks and to proudly tuck away that drip bucket. Take care of your roof and be aware of common causes of leaks to help prevent them.