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Common Causes of Roofing Leaks and What to do About Them

Living in the Texas Hill Country, you can expect your roof to experience all kinds of storms. Still, it’s not often that a homeowner thinks to grab a ladder and take some time to examine it. Until they experience a leaky roof, homeowners may not realize they should keep a better eye on it. There are a number of things that could potentially cause a roof to leak, the most common being:

  • Holes

They can be so small they’re not noticeable at all or big cavities, but, regardless of size, they all cause harm to your home’s roof. Holes let in moisture and allow your heat to escape, which, in turn, will probably make your heating bill go up.

  • Broken or Missing Shingles

You will notice you are missing some shingles if you see patches along your roof that are a different color from the rest of it. With broken shingles, you will need to look for cracks, broken-off pieces of shingle, or even curling. Shingles are what help protect your roof from certain climates, without them your roof will be left defenseless.

  • Flashing is Damaged

Flashing are metal strips that are placed in certain areas around your roof so water won’t be able to enter and cause damage. If it’s not placed correctly, it could slide out of place and cause cracks over time or leaks.

  • Chimneys, Vents, and Skylights

When installed properly, all three of these roof additions should have flashing around them in order to keep any open areas sealed. This will keep water from seeping in through crevices.

  • Roof is Sloped

Also commonly referred to as a “pitch.” Some home designs may not be the best at keeping rainwater out. For example, if a roof is too shallow, it’s possible that strong winds could lift shingles up enough to let water in.

If you are experiencing any of these concerns it is best to fix the situation as quickly as possible. Leaks can cause damage to other parts of your home and make matters much worse.

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