Common Causes of Roof Leaks

Why does my roof continue to leak? Following the harsh winter we recently had in Cincinnati, you can wake up one morning to find spots on your ceiling or water flowing in through a ceiling fixture or fan, as seen in the two photos below. Perhaps you’ve never had a roof leak before… so why now? Do you want to learn more? Visit original site.

Roof components are no different from any other component of your house. They deteriorate over time, especially if they are exposed to the elements.

Although there are a variety of reasons for roof leaks, I’d like to concentrate on the two most common this time of year. The first is a metal flashing problem, and the second is a failure of the rubber vent boot. Please accept my apologies while I describe those two words.

Roof flashing is simply thin sheets of aluminium or steel used in areas where shingles cannot cover holes and gaps.

Roof flashing and a big rubber collar are combined in the Vent Boot to secure protruding vent pipes from the roof.

These two components are particularly vulnerable to storm damage and exposure to the elements over time. When they fail, water will reach your house, damaging your drywall, insulation, and framing, as well as allowing mould to develop. Maintaining these roof components and having them fixed as soon as they malfunction will help you prevent roof leaks until they cause damage to your house.

You will see an example of flashing that has failed in the video and pictures linked at the bottom of this post. Have you seen all the cracks and crevices where water will enter? Water freezing and subsequent ice expansion widens these channels in the winter, exacerbating the leak. Someone attempted to seal this flashing with mortar and caulk, as you can see in the picture. Although this image appears to be a disaster, it is actually very simple to fix.