Even in Southern California, with its relatively low annual rainfall totals, roof leaks are a frequent fact of life. Major leaks can produce extensive damage and leave you with household replacement costs that reach thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. Just as importantly, when left unaddressed, the smallest of leaks can steadily increase in size and lead to big headaches further down the line. In Orange County, knowledgeable homeowners choose Tom Byer Roofing Service for their crucial leak repairs. No matter the size of the problem affecting your home, we combine top-flight customer service and half a century’s worth of expertise at a price you can afford.
How Do Roofs Keep Water Out?
Your roof works as a complete system to protect the interior of your home from the elements. The foundations of this system are the roof framing and the sheaths of plywood or OSB (oriented strand board) that overlay this framing and form the main roof surface. This surface is covered by an underlayment layer, made from felt paper or a range of other materials that acts as a key line of defense against leaking. A second line of defense is added by installing flashing, which help stops water from passing through any gaps or openings around pipes, vents, skylights and fireplaces made during roof construction.
The outer layer of your roof, which is directly exposed to the outdoor environment every day of the year, plays the lead role in keeping water out of your home. The majority of newer homes in America have a roof made from a type of shingle called an asphalt composition/fiberglass shingle. In Southern California, many homes have roofs made from clay tiles. Other popular roofing materials include metal, plastic polymer shingles, wood shingles and shakes, concrete tiles and slate. On homes with flat roofs, common roofing materials include gravel combined with tar paper or a fiberglass membrane, as well as rubber membranes and membranes made from material called modified bitumen.
What Causes Roof Leaks?
Roof leaks have a wide range of potential causes. The most common problems include weather damaged or missing shingles or tiles, cracks in flashing material, insufficient sealing around a skylight or dormer window, water backup resulting from a clogged gutter and failure of a seal in one of the “valleys” formed when two planes of your roof come together. Other possible causes include cracking at the base of a roof vent and cracks in your chimney. Some roofs can also develop leaks if you walk on it repeatedly.
Each potential source of a roof leak has its own typical underlying causes. For example, damaged or missing roof shingles are usually caused by age-related deterioration, high winds and/or heavy downpours. A leak associated with cracked flashing may stem from prolonged weather exposure or corrosion of the tar used to seal flashing edges. Potential causes of a failed roof valley seal include improper seal installation, heavy rain and cracking produced by extensive foot traffic.
Signs That Your Roof Is Leaking
There are several signs that point toward the presence of a roof leak, most of which you can observe from the exterior of your home. They include curling or buckling shingles, rotting shingles, missing shingles, visible damage in the flashing around a roof vent, the appearance of mold or algae spots on your roof. You may also have a roof leak if you notice water stains on the rafters of your attic or experience a significant drop-off in your normal level of attic ventilation. Inside the main interior of your home, the most common sign of a leaking roof is the formation of water spots or mold on a ceiling.
Troubleshooting Roof Leaks
Unfortunately, it can be notoriously difficult to pinpoint the source of your roof leak. This is true, in part, because signs of leaking you notice inside your home typically don’t line up with actual point of damage in your roofing materials. At Tom Byer Roofing Service, we rely on a systematic process to identify all possible points of water entry.
First, we’ll make sure that you actually have a roof leak and not some other issue such as a plumbing leak or a malfunction in your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. After confirming the presence of a leak, steps in our process may include using a series of measurements to match the apparent interior point of the leak to the true exterior source of the problem, closely examining the exterior slope of your roof, checking the condition of the shingles (or tiles, etc.), checking the conditions of the roof valleys, checking the condition of the roof vents and checking the condition of the roof drains, rain gutters and downspouts.
Repairing Roof Leaks
The methods used to repair a roof leak depend on several factors, including the size and location of the leak and the affected roofing materials. For example, individual shingle replacement is the typical remedy for missing or damaged shingles or tiles. Leaks in a roof valley commonly require patching of the existing metal flashing. Repair of a leak in a flat roof may require a technique such as the patching of roofing felt or the application of specialized repair products that match the original roofing material.
Only a licensed, trained roofing contractor can safely and effectively repair your leaking roof. Truly capable contractors have experience working on all types of roofs, and have the skills needed to employ all appropriate repair techniques, from the traditional to the technologically advanced. Tom Byer Roofing Service has been repairing leaking roofs in the communities of Orange County since 1982. Regardless of the type of roof you have installed or the extent of your leaking issues, we have the expertise required to devise a suitable repair plan and make a lasting repair that restores your roof’s functional health and visual appeal.
Call on Tom Byer Roofing Service
We serve all of Orange County and you can contact family-owned Tom Byer Roofing Service anytime at our home base in Garden Grove. Whether you have an emergency situation or need to make a routine appointment, you’ll receive the same exemplary level of customer service and top-quality work at a reasonable price. Call us today for a free estimate.
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