Tips for Preventing Roof Leaks

Jan 16, 2020 | Doors, Roofing, Siding, Spouting, Windows

A leaky roof can be a costly problem. In addition to the expensive roof repairs needed, mold and mildew that thrive in moist environments can lead to serious health issues for you and your family. The best way to avoid these costs is to take a few simple steps to prevent leaks from occurring in the first place.

5 Ways to Avoid a Leaky Roof

1. Replace Missing & Damaged Shingles

A few missing or damaged roof shingles may not seem significant, but water needs only a single opening to cause lasting damage to your home. When you notice an issue with your shingles, replace them immediately. As a simple and inexpensive roof repair, it will save you money and headaches in the long term.

2. Regularly Inspect Around Chimneys, Vents, & Skylights

It can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint the source of a leak, but the most likely areas are openings created around chimneys, vents, and skylights. Make sure the flashing and any caulking around the openings are in good shape. For plumbing vents, inspect the condition of the pipe and replace it if it’s worn.

3. Install Proper Insulation & Ventilation in Your Attic

Leaks don’t always come from the roof; plumbing, condensation, and ventilation problems in your attic can also cause water issues. Check that your attic is properly insulated and that ventilation is adequate to keep the air moving. Without proper ventilation, moisture can build up, resulting in leaks and mold.

4. Ensure Gutters Slope Properly 

Gutters should be cleared regularly to prevent the accumulation of leaves, branches, and other debris that can cause water to pool up. Gutters must also be installed at the correct slope so that they drain away from your home’s walls and foundation.

5. Trim Tree Limbs & Branches

If tree limbs are allowed to grow too close to your roof, you risk damage when the next big storm or heavy winds come through. You can avoid leaks and the need for roof repairs by having your trees trimmed every year or removing trees that are too close to your home.

At Greenawalt Roofing, we’ll provide a free assessment and give you an honest feedback on your roof’s condition. We’ll even tell you if your roof is still able to provide adequate protection for a few more years. We can help you make an informed decision.

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