One of the most troublesome occurrences to strike a homeowner is a leaky roof. Roofs are meant to protect your home and everyone inside of it, and are generally built to last, but sometimes disaster can strike even the sturdiest of structures. Roofs are composed of multiple small bits and pieces that need to be in their best condition in order to function as a protective barrier. When it is clear that your roof is damaged and causing leaks, it is necessary to take immediate steps to repair it. For most people, it is a question of where to start – what has caused the leak, and how do I fix it? But have no fear, we at Tom Byer Roofing Service are the experts in all issues relating to roofs. While it is dangerous to try to repair your roof yourself, it is a good idea to understand what the problem may be. Read on to understand the most common causes of leaky roofs so that you know what you may be facing, and how it can be repaired.
- Broken Shingles or Tiles
Shingles and tiles form the protective barrier between your roof and the elements, placed together like pieces of a puzzle, running down the slope of your roof to prevent rainwater from pooling. Both tile and shingle roofs are popular in our area, and broken or damaged shingles or tiles are a very common issue when it comes to the wellbeing of your roof. Though most types of shingles are both pliable and durable, and tile roof pieces tend to be strong, high winds and heavy rains can break them down over time, leaving your roof vulnerable to leaks. If it is determined that your leak is the result of broken or eroded tiles or shingles, let us help you! We at Tom Byer Roofing Services can repair and replace individual pieces, or entire rows, depending on what is needed.
- Cracked Flashing
Used as a water barrier beneath shingles and along roof joints, flashing are the thin metal pieces that may become damaged during bouts of bad weather. Also, flashing is generally held in place with tar, which corrodes with time, making it a common cause of roof leaks. Large cracks in flashing easily leads to rampant leaks when it rains. At Tom Byer Roofing Service, our skilled professionals seal and repair cracked flashing, ensuring that the flashing is intact and impervious to leaks. Fixing cracked flashing will help to prolong the life of your roof.
- Roof Vents Are Cracked
Roof vents are the tiny pipes that stick right out of your roof, and are used to oust excess moisture from your home. But like with flashing, roof vents can become cracked due to inclement weather. Roof vents are also sealed with pieces of flashing and rubber tubing, both of which can be worn over time, leaving the vents subject to leaks. You will be able to see evidence of leaky vents by the dark mouldy spots surrounding the pipes. The experts at Tom Byer Roofing Service can skillfully repair cracked roof vents, ensuring that they are well sealed and capable of withstanding the elements.
- Clogged Gutters
Gutters are the half-open pipes that run along the perimeter of your roof. When in top form, gutters are meant to allow rain, leaves, and excess small debris to flow smoothly through its pipe works, guiding debris and water from your roof to the ground. When a clog occurs, rainwater pools on the roof, making it much easier for moisture to seep through any cracks in your roof and enter your home. It is important to keep gutters clean and clear from debris buildup. This is something a homeowner can tackle themselves should they follow all safety precautions, but it may be ideal to hire someone to perform biannual cleanings.
- Roof Valleys Aren’t Sealed Correctly
Roof valleys are the areas wherein two zones of sloped roofing meet. The sealing in these valleys may crack or erode over time, which is especially likely due to inclement weather. This is a tricky area since the both ends of the roof will have rain rushing down towards the valleys during storms, so if the sealant is weak or patchy at points, leaks are very likely to enter your home and cause damage. If we determine that this is in fact the cause of your leaking roof, we can easily patch your roof valleys to stop the leakage.
These are just a few examples of the most common causes of roof leaks. It is important to stay proactive in terms of the wellbeing of your roof, though that may be scary or time consuming to homeowners, it is ideal to keep an eye out for the tips listed above. With roof leaks, time is of the essence, as over time your leak will likely worsen and cause more damage that will become costlier to repair. Our expert contractors can pinpoint the source of your roof leak and repair it efficiently.
We can also perform periodic inspections of your roof, clean gutters and vent lines, check on the flashings and valleys, ensuring that your roof is in proper working order. Sometimes a little maintenance and upkeep can prevent larger and more expensive repairs in the future.
At Tom Byer Roofing Service, we have decades of experience working exclusively in the roofing field. We have made our home in Orange County, and understand what our particular local weather is likely to do to your roof and how best to protect it. We understand that both functionality and aesthetic appeal are important to homeowners, so we will not only fix roof problems, but make sure your tiling and shingles are matching and of top-quality. Contact us today to arrange for your free estimate. With us, you are in the best hands possible.