The Truth About Roof Leaks
Just because it’s warming up doesn’t mean that neglected leak from a few months back is done causing issues. Leaks left unaddressed can wreak havoc, traveling farther doing further damage. Now is the perfect time to address that pesky mess before the next storm season rears its ugly head.
Roof leaks can appear for a number of reasons and most are easily repaired, finding the source of the leak; however, can be incredibly tricky. Typical areas of intrusion include:
Failing Flashings of the Roof, Vents, Skylights or Chimney
Blown off or Cracked Shingles, Tiles or Slates
Pooling on flat roofs
Pooling at valleys of pitched roofs
Ice Dams (If you live in a an area that sees snow)
Damaged Chimney Cap or Stack,
Wind-Driven Rain (High Wind Storms) and
Now, common sense would tell us that the leak is coming from the same area the leak is appearing, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Once the leak has infiltrated your roofing system it can travel and accumulate in a totally different area than it’s initial intrusion. Finding the area of intrusion is often difficult and a water test is commonly performed to locate it. A water test should be performed by a Professional Roofing Contractor who will have the right tools and safety equipment to locate the leak and is typically performed on a sunny day so the area can be isolated and repaired.
Once the obvious signs of a roof leak have appeared, there could already be significant damaged caused by the traveling water. It is best to call in a Professional Roofing Contractor like C&J Roofing Co., Inc to inspect your roof and attic once the leak has appeared. Roof leaks are an invitation to an array of issues. They ruin insulation, “dry”rot wood - compromising the structural integrity of your home, breed mold and mildew, and deteriorate the ceiling and walls of your home from the inside out.
Often times the cost of repairs from a neglected roof leak don’t stop at fixing the leak. Depending on the severity of the damage, your interior remediation costs could be jarring. Mold remediation alone can cost thousands. This is why annual and bi-annual inspections are so incredibly important. Regular inspections and maintenance can aide in catching these failing areas before they can create a perfect storm within your home.
If you see any signs of leaking, be sure to address it right away. When it comes to the integrity of your roof, there’s no time to waste. Give you local Bay Area Roofing Contractor, C&J Roofing Co., Inc. a call today at (650) 583-5998 or request a quote above. One of our master roofers can provide you with a full roofing inspection or a FREE ESTIMATE for the cost to repair. Let us equip you with the peace of mind a quality, water-tight roof provides.