The source of a roof leak isn’t always cut and dry. Excuse the pun, but the reason for the leak in your roof may not seem consistent or be easy to determine. For example, sometimes it will rain and you won’t notice a water leak. Other times, you might see water dripping from a light fixture in your kitchen (though the water is actually coming in from somewhere else). We get this question from homeowners a lot, so we wanted to address common reasons your roof only leaks sometimes.
Why Does my Roof Only Leak Sometimes?
The many parts to a home’s roof combined with weather factors like heat, rain, hail, and ice are what create the mix of possibilities for where and why your home’s roof leaks (and only sometimes). When these roofing components are altered by weather factors, they can be damaged, moved, bent, torn, and punctured. Most asphalt roofs, for example, are designed and manufactured to withstand plenty of weather wear and tear, but nothing is impenetrable and sometimes a roof leak will happen.
Roofing components will naturally wear over time, too. Before your roof visibly looks worn out, it’s possible for a leak to begin. At the same time, a roof may age in such a way that it’s easy to tell how water is getting into your attic and home. (This is one reason to have a regular assessment of your roof to avoid problems.)
4 Common Roof Leaks
There are several reasons you could have a roof leak; today we’re looking at four of them. This will give you a good idea of where your leak may be coming from, even if the leak looks like it is coming from a different area inside your home. These problems can cause intermittent leaking in your roof when winds are blowing just right or if the roofing components shift around from migrating water runoff.
- Cracks and Holes. Small areas on your shingles can deteriorate over time, and water can slowly pool, runoff, or get blown into these sections. Eventually, the area will become larger, allowing more water inside and a leak to form.
- Broken, torn, or missing shingles. If your roof is older, or has been through a tough hail or wind storm, your roof could certainly have some damage that could result in leaks.
- Damage to Flashing. This part of your roof is designed to give a good seal to your roof. If any of your flashing starts to shift or separate, moisture could develop and cause an inconsistent leak.
- Skylights and Vents. Gaskets and plastic housings age and fail as well. These components can separate and move causing intermittent leaking.
How Do I Find Out Where My Roof Is Leaking From?
Sometimes this is very straightforward and finding your roof leak is easy to spot. But if your roof leak is in a hidden location and the leak is infrequent, pinning down your roof leak can be more difficult.
Determining where your roof is leaking will require inspection in your attic space, under your roofline, and on top of your roof itself. A roofing inspector will be able to determine where the leak is happening. Paying attention when you have a leak is essential to guiding your inspector as to what is going on and where the leak is taking place, too.
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When we inspect, install, or repair your roof, we want to provide you with the best options for your roof design, components, and ventilation. We are Master Elite Contractors bringing you the latest in roofing technology, and a member of our local area Better Business Bureau, so you know we take pride in our work and our community.
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