The Truth About Roof Leaks
If there’s one thing a homeowner simply dreads, it’s the threat of a roof leak and the possible negative repercussions that come with it. It’s understandable: a leak in your roof means you’ll need to make quick repairs to avoid serious damage to the structure of your home — on top of locating the leak’s origins — which will ultimately mean more money than you’d care to spend.
With all of this stress, you’ll likely be searching for the quickest turnaround possible, but Northern Georgia residents should take their time while looking for the best possible roofing contractor in their area to not only fix their existing leak, but prevent leaks from popping up in the future as well.
The key to handling a roof leak successfully is to remain smart and calm regardless of the stressful task at hand. This will allow you to make the best decision in fixing your roof leak and might even lead to finding a company you can trust for roofing projects in the future.
Here’s what you should know before you attempt to fix any leak in your roof:
Locating the Origins of Your Roof Leak
Whenever you experience a roof leak, this means water, in whatever form (hail, rain, snow etc.) has penetrated a key weakness in your overall roofing system.
When you have a top roofing company in Northern Georgia install your roof — such as the reputable experts at Eagle Watch Roofing — you’re sure to avoid leaking issues, because your roof will be installed with the proper precautions to prevent such issues.
However, if your existing roof was installed improperly, it should come as no surprise if/when a leak should occur. The first step in handling the leak is to figure out where, in fact, it is coming from.
Many homeowners will suspect the leak’s origins to be above or around the source of water pooling on their ceiling, but more times than not, this is proven to be false. The leak itself could be travelling down a rafter or might even be the accumulation of condensation (compliments of your air conditioning).
Finding The Cause of Your Roof Leak
When it comes to roof leaks, there be a myriad of causes to consider. These include:
- Damaged/deteriorated flashing, caulking and seals
- Improper attic ventilation (causing moisture via a buildup of condensation)
- Improper installation of flashing, collars, shingles etc.
- Ice dams (albeit rare in Northern Georgia)
- Ponding water
- Exposed nail heads
- Wind driven rain
- Skylight flashings
- Built up debris
Familiarizing yourself with the typical causes of roof leaks can be an imperative factor in determining the culprit behind your leak specifically, through the process of elimination.
Consult with your roofing professional to learn more about the possible threat of leaks and how to prevent them from happening in the first place.
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