A leaky roof is more than just inconvenience. It is constant drain on your home, your energy efficiency, and ultimately, your pocketbook. Leaks in your roof can cause damage to your attic, your insulation, and the interior of your home. In ongoing cases, excess water and moisture can lead to mold and mildew buildup, causing damage to your home and possibly compromising your health.
HERE ARE SOME COMMON CULPRITS OF ROOF LEAKS, AND WHAT YOU SHOULD DO ABOUT THEM:
→ Loose, Cracked or Rotting Shingles
If your roof is twenty, you likely have loose, cracked or rotting shingles on your roof. Due to extreme weather conditions and normal wear and tear, shingles can fall off. A weak outer layer also compromises the underlayment that helps to protect the interior of your home. If you see that you have compromised areas along your roofline, it is best to schedule a professional inspection. Make a quick call to a licensed roofing contractor to determine how it should best be repaired. Chappelle Roofing specializes in roof repairs and can be reached by calling (941) 567-6039. With minor repairs, you may extend the life of your roof by several years. And should you need replacement, our professionals at Chappelle Roofing can replace your shingle, tile, or metal roof, giving you peace of mind that your home will be protected for years to come.
Roofing nails can sometimes loosen and come out of shingles entirely, leaving small holes where moisture, water, and other debris can sink into existing roofing material. While these little holes might not be visible to the naked eye, the trained roofing professionals at Chappelle Roofing can spot areas of weakness and work to fortify them so that you can protect your home from elements. Catching these little imperfections early will help to prevent more significant issues from developing in the future.
→Damaged or Dislodged Flashings
Flashing is a piece of aluminum or metal that protects valleys along your roofline and any place where your roof meets vertical surfaces, like walls and dormers. If flashings are broken or dislodged, this can leave an open port of entry for rain and other debris to enter your roof. A timely repair from a qualified roofing professional at Chappelle Roofing may be the best prevention against more costly repairs.
→Cracked Rubber Boots
A plumbing vent that protrudes from your roof must be covered by a “boot” or a rubber cap that protects the pipe and the roof surrounding it. Continued exposure to the elements may cause the boot to crack, leaving your roof vulnerable to damage and leaks. If you are making regular inspections to your roofline, flashings, and boots, you should never have the kind of costly repair that saps your finances and causes damage to your home.
Gutters installed on your roof are a way to channel excess water away from your home. When your gutters are clogged, this water pools in places and causes shingles to weaken, loosen, and even fall off. Water sitting in pools can seep down into your roofline, causing damage to the interior and exterior of your home.
Age is definitely a factor in whether your roof can protect your home against the elements. With age comes the tendency for roofing materials to dry out and become brittle. Over time the hot sun and changing weather can actually deteriorate the adhesive that holds shingles in place, affecting the integrity of your shingle roof. Replacing your roof will help to preserve and protect the value of your home and all of your belongings.