Roof Leak Repair
A roof leak of any size is not something to put off — even small leaks can cause serious damage in a short amount of time.
A leaky roof needs to be repaired as quickly as possible to prevent even more water damage from jeopardizing your roof’s integrity. Our experienced roofing team will perform a comprehensive inspection of your residential or commercial roof, explain the extent of damage, provide you with an accurate leak repair estimate, and offer a repair solution that fits your budget.
There could be various reasons why your home or commercial property is suffering from a leak.
The most common roof leak causes are:
Broken shingles – It is usually easier to identify leaks that are the result of missing shingles because you will see different-colored patches on your roof or may find the shingles themselves littering your yard after a heavy storm. Whenever a storm with high winds and heavy rains occurs, you should verify your shingles’ integrity and have any damage repaired to prevent roof leaks from happening.
Condensation in the attic – As the uppermost part of your home, the attic is trapped between indoor and outdoor temperatures — when those clash, condensation will form and moisture will follow. A leak is most likely coming from your attic if there are signs of mold growth or mildew. Another sign that water has gotten inside is if the attic is emitting a strong, musty odor.
Broken flashing – Flashing are thin pieces of metal that are installed under shingles. There is also step flashing which are installed on the joints between roof shingles and adjacent walls or chimneys. Flashing creates a water-resistant barrier but, when broken, will feature large cracks. Flashing can become cracked if it is left exposed to elements like wind and rain. It can also become cracked if the tar that roofers often use to seal the flashing corrodes. When metal step flashing is used, counter flashing will be installed to cover the vertical side edge of the step flashing. The source of the leak could very well be faulty counter flashing.
Clogged gutters – Your gutters are meant to help water travel away from the roof and when there’s a blockage, the water has nowhere to go. Rainwater will then pool in one area of the roof and have more of an opportunity to seep through cracks.
Cracked chimney – Mortar is a thick mixture of cement, sand, and water that holds bricks together. Over time, it can weaken or erode due to weather conditions and eventually crumble, causing roof leaks.
Skylights – Your skylights might be the cause of your leaks if they were installed with improper measurements or if the insulation along the edges of the skylights is decayed. If this is the case, you’ll need to replace the gasket seal for insulation.
Ice dam buildup – An ice dam is when ice forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow and water from draining off. The weight of the ice itself can damage the roof, along with the puddled water on the roof’s surface.
Low slope – Flat roofs are common for commercial buildings. When the roof is not sloped enough for adequate water drainage, puddles form and can damage the structure of the roof, causing leaks.
Too much use – If your residential roof is flat enough for outdoor living or your commercial building roof has regular walking traffic, wear and tear is bound to happen more frequently and could be the cause of leaks.
Renovations & Building Maintenance – If you’ve recently performed a renovation to the outside of your home, such as an addition or even a new roof, new issues may occur with the roof. A potential issue for commercial buildings is when new ac units are installed or serviced — equipment used or even the units themselves may puncture the roof membrane if not handled properly.
Old age – Leaks are common in older roofs because the materials used have likely aged beyond their life expectancy and have begun to break down. A roof will not last forever and may need to be repaired or even replaced completely at some point.
A relatively small leak can interrupt home life or business operations and a larger leak can be financially disastrous. Water damage from a roof leak can also provide an opportunity for black mold spores to form and spread.
Whether your leak is due to damage or old age, a leaky roof can impact:
If you notice signs of roof leak damage, it is imperative to have a roofing specialist inspect your roof and get the problem taken care of right away.
We are experienced in all types of roofing repair and restoration services. For affordable leak repair that you can rely on, contact the St. Louis roof repair experts at South Side Roofing today!