Have you got a troublesome drip after a downpour of rain? Or are those water stains and moldy spots on the ceiling getting bigger by the day? Sounds like you’ve got a leak! Maybe it’s time to call the Dallas roofing professionals?
Identifying the root cause of a leak can be a difficult task; it may be a combination of reasons, or the symptoms may be present in one section of the house but be caused by something somewhere completely different. Here are FIVE possible causes for your leak – or things to look out for to prevent them!
- Your Roof is Getting Old
This is probably the most obvious cause for roof leaks, but symptoms may present in a variety of ways, often resulting in inability to prevent water ingress. As time passes, metal roofing materials will deteriorate due to the normal wear and tear of being constantly exposed to the elements.
Despite having a considerably long lifespan compared to other roofing materials, the continual expansion and contraction of metal as the weather changes can impact the integrity of the roof over time. If your roof is approaching 20+ years, it might be worth having a qualified roofer inspect for any tell tale signs of deterioration.
- Problematic Penetrations
In a perfect world, roof penetrations wouldn’t exist. In reality, they can be an unavoidable part of a building’s design. Chimneys, vent pipes, skylights, exhausts, and air conditioning units are all types of penetrations – and ones that we rely on to improve the conditions of occupancy within the building.
The problem however, is that these penetrations constitute a break in the ‘building envelope’ – the thing that keeps what’s out from getting in. If the flashings and sealants around these weak spots are not installed or maintained correctly, there’s potential for water to enter at these points.
In addition, if your roof is 10 years or older, there is a chance it was installed prior to the introduction of compulsory dry panning. Dry pans are flashings designed specifically to lead water away from penetrations – without them, the risk of water ingress is substantially increased.
Elevate Roofing & Construction offers an “Emergency Roofing” service for Dallas roofing if things get out of hand. We know that nature can come calling when you least expect and that is why we always have professionals on standby all through the year for any emergency roofing services that you may need.
- Blocked Gutters
If your gutters are stuffed to the gills with leaves and other debris, they won’t be able to perform as designed. When water can’t drain efficiently, you run the risk of it overflowing into vulnerable internal spaces within the roof. Regular gutter maintenance will ensure unobstructed drainage.
- Unfit Flashings
Flashings are sections of folded metal installed over joins in the roof construction to prevent water seeping in and causing damage. Sometimes it takes a bit of finesse to install these so they’re water tight, and if the appropriate attention to detail isn’t applied, water may sneak into the roof cavity.
Well, it certainly could be! Rust is one of the most common and obvious causes for leaks. Whether it’s due to the installation of incompatible materials or the typical oxidation process of iron, once the metal has broken down – it provides little protection from water ingress.
What may begin as a slight discolouration can develop into a serious issue over time, so it’s important to make regular inspections and monitor the speed of deterioration. Once substantial rusting has occurred, the most efficient solution to prevent leakage is generally replacement of the rusted elements. Call the Dallas roofing professionals (that’s us!) and you can rest assured however that this option will put an end to your issues the first time!
If you’re concerned about a leaky roof, or looking at leak prevention proactively, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and have a chat with one of our friendly Dallas roofing experts! 214 952 0203