A leaky roof isn't something that anyone wants to deal with. However, it can happen to just about anyone. Whether your roof is already leaking or you're looking for ways to prevent them from developing in your roof, we can help. Keep reading to learn the most common causes of roof leaks and how you can prevent them.
As much as we may try, we can't stop time. And, like anything else, roofs are going to age and deteriorate with time. If your roof is old, odds are the materials are beginning to wear thin, and it's only a matter of time before a leak develops-that is, if one hasn't already developed in your attic. For aged roofs, the best option is usually to replace all the roofing materials or, in some cases, to completely replace the roof itself.
Most of the time, leaks develop where your roofing materials meet up with rooftop accessories, such as your chimney, for example. Roof vents are one of those common areas for leaks to develop. If you want to prevent this, inspect your roof, paying attention to the areas around vent pipes. Look for cracks, gaps, and missing nails, as well as cracking in the vent itself.
Debris on the Roof
Severe thunderstorms and windstorms are relatively common here in Florida. Often, those storms can deposit leaves, twigs, branches, and other debris on your roof. While it may be tempting to just ignore that debris and hope it'll be washed off by rain or blown off by the next windstorm, this can lead to roof damage. Debris on the roof allows water to accumulate where it shouldn't, which can cause the moisture to seep underneath the shingles. If you see debris on your roof, pull out a ladder and clear it off. You can also prevent a great deal of debris on your roof by trimming back any nearby trees.
Speaking of chores, you're tempted to ignore, when was the last time you cleaned your gutters? Even if that debris on your roof washes off and into your gutters, it can still lead to roof leaks. If your gutters are backed up, it slows down the water trying to drain off your roof, once again allowing it the time it needs to seep underneath your shingles.
Clean out your gutters regularly, especially if there have been several recent storms. You might also want to consider gutter covers, which will keep your gutters clear of debris to ensure the water can drain from your roof properly.
If your roof is leaking, the experts at Latite Roofing and Sheet Metal can help. Contact us and we'll come inspect your roof to determine the cause of the leaks and provide you with a quote for roof repairs or a total roof replacement in Bonita Springs, FL. Call us at 1-800-639-7663!
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