Some roof leaks are pretty obvious. If you have water dripping from your ceiling and pooling on the living room floor, you probably have leaky roofing, Enumclaw residents.
But other roof leaks are not as easy to see. And finding the source of any leak is never a simple process. That’s why you need the professional roofing contractor Seattle WA depends on for fixing roofing problems: Tedrick’s Roofing.
Here are some common areas where a roof leak can occur. Keep in mind that, while water always flows toward the ground, it will often “travel” along a horizontal beam or plane and show up several feet – or even many yards! – from its original source.
- Shingles – Worn, cracked or missing shingles can allow water to enter your home. This is especially true if your roof is more than 10 years old. If water is entering your home in several spots, worn shingles may be the reason.
- Flashing – Flashing is the aluminum or copper metal edging that seals your roof at the edge of walls, chimneys or vent pipes. If the flashing is not properly sealed, or if the seal has dried of pulled away, water can easily enter your home.
- Valleys – A valley is where two flat roof planes meet, forming a v-shape. Valleys should have flashing under the shingles to provide additional protection. If not, water flowing down the valley can seep under the shingles and into the home.
- Chimneys – Chimneys are a common source of leaks. The flashing around a chimney is particularly difficult to install properly. If it pulls away even slightly water can pour in and travel to all parts of your attic and, eventually, into your framework, walls and ceilings.
- Vent Flashing – Vents for plumbing or furnace exhausts are also spots to watch for leaks. Flashing here is usually a metal “collar” that can easily pull away or gap.
- Ice Dams – When snow or ice sits on a roof warmed from within, the lower layer can melt and run down to the edge of the roof, where it refreezes when exposed to frigid air. This forms an “ice dam” that can back up water and allow it to seep into your home.
- Wind Blown Rain – Strong winds can actually blow rain horizontally up and under shingles. While this is a rare occasion, it indicates that the shingles are not properly seated or sealed.
- Siding Leaks – Some “roof” leaks are actually a case of improperly sealed siding that allows water to get behind the siding material and into the home.
Can’t find that leak? Call the Seattle and Tacoma roofing experts at (877) 212-9355 for a free assessment and estimate for repairing your next Enumclaw, Kent, or Federal Way roofing project.