One of the most frustrating parts of being a homeowner is being faced with mysterious problems whose sources are unclear and whose solutions are expensive, complex productions. Roof issues often fall into this category, as leaks can be caused by a number of different problems, each of which demands a different fix. While Vince Hee Roofing is equipped to provide all essential roofing services in Ambler, you should know a little bit about your roof to better understand what might be causing your leak.
Common causes of roof leaks
Roofs are less simple than they seem, and their effectiveness can be compromised in a number of ways. Here are some of the typical issues that lead to leaky roofs:
- Shingles: If you’ve lost shingles in a storm, or if they’re old and falling apart, they’re basically inviting water into your home.
- Flashing: Flashing, which covers transitions between materials or planes on your roof, can become corroded or otherwise damaged.
- Chimney: Cracked mortar, flashing problems and water buildup on the surface or at the base of the chimney can lead to problems with your chimney and your roof.
- Ice dams: Particularly in areas like Pennsylvania that have cold winters, ice dams can be a real menace. The snow on your roof gets melted by the heat from your warm attic, and then the water freezes again on its way down, backing up under the shingles and getting into your house.
Temporary solutions for leaky roofs
Particularly during wet seasons, it may not be possible to have a contractor out to your house immediately. Since your leak isn’t likely to cooperate, you’ll need to take some steps to minimize damage:
- Minimize interior damage: You’ll most likely notice a leak because it’s made its way into your living space. When this happens, put some towels down and set up a bucket under the leak. You may also need to pop any bulges in your ceiling to allow the water to drain, which helps to avoid more serious damage to your ceiling
- Figure out where the water is coming from: The point of entry may not be obvious. If it’s still raining, check your attic with a flashlight—the light should reflect off of any water, and sometimes you’ll even be able to see the water dripping or running. Water may also be running down your beams, so keep in mind that the source of the leak may not be directly above the leak in your ceiling.
- Contact your insurance company and your local roofing contractor: Particularly if you’ve sustained interior damage, you’ll want to contact your insurance company and have them send someone to your house. And of course, you’ll want to call the experienced roofers with Vince Hee Roofing to many any necessary repairs.
Don’t let a leaky roof wreak havoc on your home. Once you’ve done what you can do to keep things under control until the pros arrive, call Vince Hee Roofing to schedule a visit—we look forward to providing the roofing services in Ambler that will help keep you warm and dry this winter.