Damaged Shingles Are Not The Only Cause Of A Leaking Roof

Do you have a home with a drip in the ceiling? Are you getting ready to call your local roofing contractor so that they can reshingle your roof? There are actually other reasons why your ceiling might be leaking water besides the shingles themselves being bad. Some things that you might want to consider include:

Leaking pipe: Even though your leak may appear when it's raining and disappear when it's sunny out, you could still have a pipe with a small leak in your attic or crawlspace. On normal days, it may be hot and dry enough in your attic that the water dries out instead of dripping down into your home. When it rains, your attic or crawlspace will become cooler and more humid. This will result in water not evaporating as quickly as before, potentially sending water dripping down into your home. Before you make arrangements to have your roofing replaced, make sure to check the attic or crawlspace above the leak. There should be water damage on the underneath of the roof above the leaking area. If there is not, you need a plumber and not a roofer.

Damaged or missing soffits: You may not even know what soffits are, even if you have them. Underneath your eaves is a row of holes that lead into your attic or crawlspace. These are there for ventilation. In some areas of the country, this ventilation is hidden by flat panels on the underside of your eaves. These are known as soffits. If these soffits become damaged or you do not even have soffits in the first place, it can be extremely easy for strong winds to force rain into the attic ventilation holes. Good news for you is that this is a comparatively easy fix for your local roofing company. If you live in an area of the country where soffits are not common, your leak could be attributable to a freak storm. It's up to you whether or not you want to install soffits to guard against such storms in the future.

Damaged flashing: When roofers put down a roof, one of the things that they add before the shingles is something called flashing. Flashing consists of strips of metal that are laid over peaks, valleys, and around any vents cut in your roof. These strips of metal prevent water from entering through these areas. Unfortunately, a problem can arise when a roofing contractor decides to reuse the flashing in order to save money. Even though they may try to do so, they may not be able to put nails in all of the old holes. Missing a hole or having a nail be off-center in an old hole can create an avenue for water to enter. If this is the source of your woes, you may only need a small section of shingles replaced, along with the old flashing, instead of having to redo your entire roof.