4 Common Causes of Roof Leaks

Your roof keeps you safe every day, but eventually, you might notice that it may have developed leaks over time. These leaks can leave water stains inside your home and water damage can harm your building’s structure and put you at risk.

Roof Leaks

At McGuire Roofing and Construction, your trusted local roofing contractors, we deal with many different types of leaks. Because of this, we know what causes leaks, how bad they can get and how to fix them. We make it a point to educate our customers as well. Today, we’d like to help you identify four common causes of a leaking roof.

1. Debris

Debris from trees, such as leaves or branches, and granules from your shingles can pile up and block your gutters. This makes it hard for the water to run off through the downspout. This accumulated water can slowly deteriorate the roof and seep into the home.

To prevent this, make sure that any gutter companies you hire for your home repair can offer protection services. For example, we offer Valor Gutter Guards to keep the debris out. These products can be a great addition to your gutter system and can be instrumental in keeping your roof leak-free.

2. Broken Flashings

Flashing keeps your intersections safe from moisture. The intersections are the areas where the roof are joined together, which are more exposed to damage than other parts of the home. Since they generally protect your roof from water damage, it stands to reason that if they do get damaged, your roof is at a greater risk of developing leaks. Check your flashing to see if there are any with structural issues, such as bends in the material, cracks, or loose flashings.

3. Ice Dams

During winter, melting snow and moving water can freeze as they run off the sides of your roof. Gutter contractors will often tell you that these “ice dams” are additional weight on the gutter system. This extra weight can pull it down and cause damage to not just your gutter system but to the roof in general. Before you ask for a replacement gutter installation, McGuire Roofing and Construction has several ways to restore your gutter’s performance.

4. Damaged Shingles

Lastly, your shingles can be the entry point that leads to water damage in your building. If you see any broken or missing shingles on your roof, you can be sure that these are the reason behind the leak. Have your roof checked and replace your damaged shingles.

Our roofing and gutter services cater to different homeowners in and around Oak Ridge and Maryville, TN. Call us today at (865) 338-7663 to learn more about our services and to schedule an in-home consultation.



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