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Common Reasons For A Leaky Roof

Common Reasons For A Leaky Roof

The last thing a homeowner wants to see is water dripping from the ceiling. Unfortunately, with the spring season officially upon us, the many showers that come with it may inevitably cause leaks for many people, especially here in New York. This can be a very stressful situation and many do not know where to start in assessing their roof for such issues. So, below we will look into some of the most common reasons for a leaky roof.


Roof’s Age

This is a simple but obvious reason for a leaky roof. As with anything, your roof will wear down over time with age. Throughout its lifetime, your roof will be exposed to a number of environmental factors that may compromise its integrity and cause a leak somewhere in the house. Some of the variables your roof has to contend with include the sun, snow, ice, rain, and drastic temperature changes. Typical asphalt shingle roofs start to deteriorate after about twenty or more years. 


Improper Flashing

“Flashing” is the material you use to seal any protrusion in your roof where things can stick out from it like a chimney. So, by flashing you can seal them watertight to the surface of the roof, preventing any exposure to moisture. However, over time, due to the changing seasons, the flashing will lose its seal and allow water into your home. Now, most of the time, some areas can be re-flashed which should stop the leaking, but keep in mind that once the flashing has been compromised, it is only a matter of time until water finds its way into your home and if it is not taken care of quickly, it can be very costly.


Damaged/Loose Shingles

The shingles act as the defensive barrier between the weather conditions and the roof of your home. This is why any damage to your roof’s shingles can result in water leaking in through them. Due to the various environmental factors mentioned before, your shingles can end up loosened, cracked, or even curl upwards, all of which can cause points of exposure in your roof. 


Your Roof May Not Be The Cause

Most of the time, leaks in your ceilings or attic can be linked to a roof leak. However, sometimes, there may be a different explanation such as clogged gutters, plumbing leaks, condensation, or any mortar between the bricks of the chimney eroding. If you have a vent and you notice a leak coming in from around it that is not due to the vent or flashing, then it may have something to do with the plumbing.


If you begin noticing any water coming from the ceiling of your home and you are worried that it could be due to a roof leak, feel free to give Greene Roofing a call at (718) 941-1111 and one of their specialists will come to take a look!

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