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4 Common Causes of Roof Leaks: What You Need to Know

Author: Paramount Roofing Pro 2-minute read

Roof leaks can be a homeowner's worst nightmare, causing damage to your property and potentially leading to costly repairs. Understanding the most common reasons why your roof may be leaking is crucial in preventing further damage and protecting your home. By identifying and addressing these issues early on, you can ensure the longevity and integrity of your roof.

4 Most Common Causes of Roof Leaks 

1. Missing or Damaged Shingles

One of the most common causes of a roof leak is missing or damaged shingles. Over time, shingles can become loose or worn out, allowing water to seep through the roof. If you notice any missing or damaged shingles, it's important to have them replaced as soon as possible to prevent further water damage.

Additionally, strong winds or heavy storms can cause shingles to lift or break, creating gaps for water to enter. Regularly inspecting your roof for any signs of missing or damaged shingles can help you identify and address this issue early on.

2. Improper Installation or Flashing

"Another common cause of roof leaks is improper installation or flashing," says Chase Crossley, owner of Paramount Roofing Systems in Statesville, NC. Flashing is the material used to create a waterproof barrier around roof openings such as chimneys, vents, and skylights. If flashing is not installed correctly or becomes damaged over time, it can allow water to seep into your home.

According to Chase, "When getting a new roof or having repairs done, it's important to hire a professional contractor who is experienced in proper installation techniques. They will ensure that the flashing is correctly installed and sealed to prevent any potential leaks."

When looking for a professional roofing contractor, at a minimum, make sure the company is GAF certified. That's because every contractor certified by GAF must be insured and licensed in states where they operate. In addition to performance expectations, GAF also considers factors such as years of roofing experience, credit rating and overall standing with the Better Business Bureau.

"We are proud that Paramount Roofing Systems is not only GAF certified, but we have achieved the most prestigious level of certification - Master Elite," added Chase. This certification is granted to a select group of contractors who have consistently demonstrated exceptional skills, knowledge, and customer service. Homeowners who choose a Master Elite contractor can expect the highest level of expertise and professionalism, as well as a 50-year material warranty and a 25-year workmanship warranty, with the additional benefit of a 40-point factory inspection of the completed roof. 

3. Clogged Gutters and Downspouts

Clogged gutterClogged gutters and downspouts can also contribute to roof leaks. When leaves, debris, or other materials accumulate in your gutters, they can block the flow of water, causing it to overflow onto your roof. This excess water can seep under the shingles and into your home, leading to leaks and water damage.

Regularly cleaning your gutters and downspouts can help prevent this issue. Make sure to remove any debris and ensure that water can flow freely through the system. Additionally, consider installing gutter guards to prevent leaves and debris from accumulating in the first place.

4. Age of the Roof

The age of your roof can also contribute to leaks. As roofs age, they become more susceptible to wear and tear, which can lead to leaks. Over time, the materials deteriorate, shingles may become brittle, and the overall integrity of the roof can be compromised.

Regular roof maintenance and inspections are crucial to identify and address any issues before they escalate. If your roof is reaching its expected lifespan or showing signs of aging, it may be time to consider a roof replacement to prevent future leaks and protect your home.

By understanding the common reasons for roof leaks and taking proactive measures to address them, you can protect your home from water damage and ensure the longevity of your roof. Prioritizing regular roof inspections, maintenance, and repairs can help you prevent further damage and maintain the structural integrity of your property. 

Not sure why your roof is leaking? Contact Paramount Roofing Systems for a free inspection.