Whenever a roof has a leak, there is a fear that the entire structure will need to be replaced. But in reality, a replacement roof on a Kitchener home isn’t always required just because there’s a leak. Quality repairs can extend the life of a roof helping you get more mileage out of your existing roof and saving you the cost of a complete replacement roof in Kitchener.
Common Causes Of Roof Leaks
There are many reasons a roof can leak and many places it can occur. Many causes of roof leaks can be attributed to damage. That’s why regular roof inspections are so important, especially after a bad storm or when the seasons change from winter to spring. Common causes include:
- Damage To Roof Covering. Shingles, tiles, even metal can become loose during a weather event or simply wear down over time. Once that happens, water has an easy way in to the home.
- Sheathing. This shingle underlayment acts as a secondary barrier to water. Over time it can tear or wear down and let in water.
- Flashing. Flashing sits at the edge of the roof, at the roof seams, joints, and valleys, or where the roof meets the chimney or walls. If it becomes loose or missing, water can seep in to those edges and end up anywhere in the house.
- Drainage Problems. Backed up or poorly installed gutters can cause water to get under the shingles. In severe situations, the wood trim behind the gutter can be thoroughly worn away from rot and water can get in that way too.
The biggest challenge for homeowners is determining where the water is getting in. Water has a nasty habit of traveling far from the source of the leak, which can be very frustrating for homeowners trying to fix the problem themselves. The exception is flat roofs. On a flat roof, the entrance point is likely right above the leak or is easily visible from the roof. A dip in the roof is one example of a leak entry point on a flat roof.
Professional inspection is the best way to ensure all water entry points have been identified and a proper repair plan created.
Contact The Roofman For Roof Repairs Or Roof Replacement In Kitchener
If you have any concerns about the health and function of your roof, contact The Roofman at 519-744-3830. We will do a full inspection of your roof and make recommendations for repair or roof replacement on Kitchener homes and businesses.