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The Most Common Causes of Roof Leaks


When it rains, do you notice water dripping or staining your ceiling and walls? Are you afraid that a roof leak may cause mold, mildew, and water damage to your home or business? A leaky roof can not only create these problems, but can also cause structural damage to your home and be a potential fire hazard if the water comes into contact with electrical wiring. If you notice a roof leak, it is not something that you want to put off getting fixed. A leak that is caught early on can be repaired fairly easily, but if your roof continues to leak, you may find yourself having to fix more than just your roof. 

In today’s blog post, we are going to discuss some of the most common causes of roof leaks, so that it may be easier for you to identify potential problems and address them before a leak occurs. Continue reading to learn more and if you own a business or home in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming and are in need of roof repair, roof maintenance, or roof replacement, contact your local roofing contractors at Denali Roofing for a free roof inspection

Broken Roof Shingles

Broken or missing shingles can cause your roof to leak. Hail, strong wind, and heavy rain can cause shingles to break or fly right off of your roof, leaving your roof exposed to the elements and creating a way for water to seep in. If you notice different colored patches on your roof, that may be a sign of missing shingles. 

Clogged Gutters

If your gutters become clogged with leaves, branches, pine needles, or any other debris, water will not be able to efficiently run through the gutters causing it to pool on your roof. Pooled water can cause damage to your roof, and it makes a leak much more likely.

Improper Roof Installation

Improper roof installation is one of the most common causes of roof leaks. Choosing a roofing contractor just because they can offer you the lowest price isn’t always the way to go. Your roof is a big investment and it protects you, your home, and your family. It is something that is worth doing right. When you are deciding on a roofing contractor, ensure that you choose someone who has experience, proper training, and a track record of getting the job done right the first time.  

Soffit or Fascia Damage

Soffits and fascia are prone to water damage. Overtime, exposure to water may cause holes, which can lead to roof leaks. If pests or birds find these holes they can make the problem worse by nesting inside of them. 

Holes in Your Roof

If you had equipment removed from your roof such as an tv antenna, you could have holes in your roof from the screws that were used to hold it in place. If these holes are not sealed, water can easily leak through your roof into your home. 

Age of the Roof

Over time, your roof will weaken due to old age. It has been exposed to all different types of weather for many years like rain, hail, wind, and the heat from the sun, and this all takes a toll on your roof. Fluctuations in temperature can also cause materials to contract and expand and lose their shape. As your roof gets older, it will become more susceptible to roof leaks due to normal wear and tear that occurs with old age. 

Slope of the Roof

The slope of your roof can also contribute to roof leaks. Roofs without a slope will more commonly experience pooled water, which can lead to a damaged, leaky roof. While the slope of your roof may not be something that you can control, you can ask your local roofing company for tips on how to prevent your roof from leaking if the slope isn’t ideal. 

Damaged or Improperly Installed Flashing

Metal flashing is installed around chimneys, skylights, at joints, and any other place where there is a transition on your roof. If this flashing isn’t installed properly, a roof leak will be the result. In addition, flashing is susceptible to being damaged from extreme temperature fluctuations, which can also lead to roof leaks and damage to your home. 

Let the Experts Fix Your Leaky Roof

If you own a home or business in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming and you have been experiencing a leaking roof, Denali Roofing can help. Our roofing contractors are experienced, professionally trained, and honest. We even offer a free roof inspection, so that you can be aware of what is happening on your roof before you make any decisions. We will share everything that we find with you and offer suggestions on how to best move forward. If you are in need of residential or commercial roof repair, roof replacement, or preventative roof maintenance, contact your local roofing contractors at Denali Roofing today.


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