It does not matter how big or small your house is, the last thing that you need is a leak on your roof. This is particularly true during the holidays. Aside from constantly dealing with replacing and emptying drip buckets, you also have to worry about what the rain can do to your house. A roof leak can cause a lot of concern and stress.  

 

One important component of the structure of your house is your roof. It’s there to protect the whole house. Typically, you’ll rarely think about your roof if it’s doing its job. Unfortunately, it can cause you a lot of worry and stress if there’s a leak.  

Today, we’re going to talk about common causes of roof damage. If you think you’re experiencing such damage, don’t hesitate to call an Irving roofing company. 

A Lack of Maintenance 

Generally, exposure to sunlight and daily abuse of the roof can result in the roof developing leaks. You need to inspect your roof carefully and maintain it regularly. Depending on the age of the roof, you need to have it inspected every 2 to 5 years. Make sure you hire a professional roofer for a comprehensive inspection. 

Solar Panels Damaging the Roof 

You’ve got to ensure that the solar panels have been properly installed if you’ve got them fitted to the roof. You’ve got to guarantee that they haven’t penetrated the roof.  

If you found holes in the roof from the solar panels, or from other roof fixtures such as Satellites or decors, you’ve got to ensure that these are sealed and fixed properly.  

Broken Flashing 

For those who don’t know, flashings are metal pieces that are installed on the roof. The purpose of these components is to lead away water from where the vertical area and wall meet. It basically produces a barrier that is water-tight. This is made to prevent the water from leaking inside your house.  

Over time, mastic and other sealants around vents and pipes can deteriorate and crack, along with the flashing. If this happens, it will expose gaps where water can leak inside the house. 

Heavy Rain 

Drainage from the upper portion of your gutter system to the lower roof can lead to complete saturation of the lower part of the roof. Because of this, it will result in leaks.  

Because of this, you’ve got to ensure that there’s enough drainage on the roof that results in a clear downspout. This can guarantee you that heavy rain clears from the roof.  

Every season, you should inspect your drains. This is to ensure they’re clear of all debris.  

Excessive Wind 

There are particular regions around the world that experience winds that are pretty strong at times. Typically, these winds can blow away shingles, tiles, and the water-protective underlayment. This will lead to exposed spots.  

You need to always check the roof every time you have the chance if you’ve experienced heavy winds in the area. There might be damage caused by the wind that you can’t see on the ground. If you see an issue, fix it right away.