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How to Prevent Roof Leaks Before Major Water Damage

Greene Roofing roof leaks

Water damage can prove dangerous to the infrastructure of your property. It’s one of the most common causes for roofing repairs and according to Home Advisor, homeowners spend an average of upwards of $2,000 to repair water damage. Here is a list of ways to prevent roof leaks before they happen and what to do if you notice any!

Routine Roof Inspections to Prevent Roof Leaks

We can’t stress how important routine roof inspections are. A proper inspection administered frequently, especially during the change of seasons or after a heavy storm, can help prevent a roof leak. Inspect the health of your shingles. Doing a simple walk around your perimeter to notice whether there are any shingles on the floor can indicate whether high wind damage may have blown them off – and make your roof susceptible to rain. If you notice that there are a significant number of granules in your gutters or downspouts, that usually means that your asphalt shingles were broken off. 

During a rainstorm, an easy trick is to use your flashlight in your attic. If there are any leaks or puddles present, they’ll reflect with the light. You can try to take some preventative measures to contain the water damage before assessing the extent of the roof damage after the rain has passed. If you notice that there are any brown or yellow stains on your ceiling or walls, that’s also a sign of a roof leak. 

Don’t underestimate the amount of havoc even a small leak can wreak on your roof. Many home or business owners think that they can address it later or patch it up with a small DIY repair, but oftentimes, it’s disguising larger damage. A leak can often turn quickly into rotting frames, sagging ceilings, and moldy insulation. All these items can turn a place uninhabitable and the cost of repairs much higher. Do yourself a favor and take preventative measures against leaks. If you do notice any damage, contact Greene Roofing. 

Repair Roof Flashing 

When your flashing is well maintained, it is one of the key ingredients in keeping your roof water-resistant. It helps to divert water away from areas that are the most susceptible to leaks, such as plumbing vents, chimneys, and more. The types of damage that you should look out for varies based on the material of your flashing. If you have plastic plumbing vent boots, then you should see whether there is any cracking present. For metal boots, broken seams are likely to occur. If you experience rusting with your metal flashing, you can also slip a piece of new sliding underneath which will serve as reinforcement. Furthermore, the rubber boot surrounding the vent may have issues with rips or rot. 

If the issue is with the boot itself, the only repair is a full replacement. Some homeowners try to use caulk to quickly fix the problem but it truly is only a temporary repair. Far too many times, we see repairs done with caulk when only flashing should’ve been added. The difference between the two is like scotch tape and industrial adhesive. 

However, if the boot is fine but the nails that are attaching it to the roof are loose or completely gone, you can resolve that by using new screws and securing them tightly. Be careful when you do this so that you do not damage the surrounding shingles and risk further damage to your roof. 

Consider Adding An Ice-and-Water Barrier Underneath Your Shingles

Though a more intensive form of prevention, if you live in an area that receives a lot of rain or snow, such as many of our clients in the tri-state area, adding an ice-and-water barrier underneath your shingles can be extremely helpful. This involves removing your current shingles and then applying the ice-and-water barrier underneath. The barrier reinforces areas where flashing is needed most and also helps lower the risk of ice dams.

We’re passionate about making sure that home- and business owners have the resources and knowledge necessary to prevent roof leaks and to keep their roofs sturdy for many seasons. Greene Roofing has been family owned and operated since 1935, and the commitment and care we put into our work has contributed to our success. We know that even a misplaced nail or sloppily done caulk can cause major water damage for our clients in the long run, so we aim to get the job done perfectly the first time around. Contact us today at 718-941-1111 or visit us online to learn more!

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