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3 Common Causes of Roof Leaks

There are few things worse than a leaking roof in the middle of a storm, but how did that leak come about in the first place?

Keep reading to learn about three of the most common causes of roof leaks.

3 Reasons Your Roof is Leaking

While there are many places your roof could be leaking, the common causes of a roof leak result mainly from weather, neglect, and wear and tear. This is why it’s so important to have your roof inspected regularly — especially after severe weather.

Cracked Flashing

Flashing is a thin piece of metal installed under the shingles and on the joints of your roof. It acts as a water-resistant barrier. Over time, the flashing will eventually wear out and form large cracks. These cracks make it easier for water to seep under your roofing tiles and into your home.

Broken Shingles

Broken shingles aren’t just an aesthetic issue for your home! Broken shingles can be caused by strong winds, heavy rain, hail, and falling debris, such as tree limbs. This is just one reason it is of the utmost importance to keep trees well-trimmed.

Your shingles are the outermost layer of your home and the first line of defense when it comes to severe weather or falling objects, it is so important to make sure your roof shingles are in the best condition possible.

Clogged Gutters

Clogged gutters are another common cause of water leaks and water damage. The purpose of your gutters is to provide a path for water to travel from your roof and away from your home, but as anyone who has cleaned the gutters knows, they also catch debris like leaves, pine needles, and twigs which can lead to blockages.

When your gutters become clogged, water no longer has a clear path to flow. Because the water has nowhere else to go, it spills over the edge of the gutter and down the side of your house — leading to water damage and eventual mold growth.

Water damage is never a small issue as the damage that is visible to the eye may be only a small portion of the total damage. If you fear you may have water damage or a roof leak, contact Fraser Roofing, LLC to examine the issue. Contact us online or by phone at (404) 341-7663 today!

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