With the amount of uncertainty in the world right now, no one wants to have to deal with a roof emergency. A leak in the middle of a storm is a big inconvenience, especially with everyone holed up at home. The best way to gauge your risk is to know the causes of roof leaks and get in front of the problem before it happens. Here are three major causes of roof leaks, so you know what to look out for.
Broken shingles don’t just make your home seem shabby. They present a huge risk for leaks. Shingles are often broken by strong winds, heavy rainstorms, hail or other falling debris. Think of your shingles as the first line of defense against inclimate weather. If you notice damage, act now before the next storm causes problems in the deeper layers of your roof.
All of the parts of your roof that we are going to mention can be viewed by anyone, which is why it’s vital to know what they are and what they do. Flashing might not be obvious to the casual homeowner. They are the thin pieces of metal that run along the joints of your roof.
Rain tends to run down the natural channels along the joints of your roof. Flashing gives extra protection to these areas so they remain waterproof. Over time, these can become damaged and cracked. Look out for them so you know before the next storm.
Cleaning gutters may be one of the more frustrating household chores, but it’s necessary to the health and safety of your roof. Gutters, like flashing, provide channels for water to flow away and off your roof. However, if they are clogged up with leaves and other debris, water backs up and puts unnecessary pressure on your roof. If this doesn’t cause direct damage, it can still cause mold growth due to the heavy moisture buildup.
Alpha 1 Restorations are the go-to experts for emergency roof repair. Contact Alpha 1 Restoration at (281) 853-8634 or fill out an online contact form to set up an inspection. Our team is taking extra precautions in hygiene and safety during this time.