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What Causes Roof Leaks?


If you’re aiming to keep your roof well-maintained, it’s helpful to be aware of what causes roof leaks and signs of damage to look out for.

Any roof can spring a leak, even a well maintained one. Between hail, snow, and severe weather, Colorado and Littleton roofing take a beating. The question is–what now? Here are some common causes of roof leaks, and signs of potential damage you can look for to ensure you know when you’re in need of roof leak repair.

  1. Clogged gutters: gutters can become too clogged with leaves and debris to channel water away from your roofing and siding. When water can’t exit through your drainage system it will go somewhere else – probably somewhere you don’t want water. When water winds up flowing and pooling on your roofing, siding, or foundation, it can cause leaks in walls and ceilings.
  2. Rotting Fascia: the fascia is the boards right under the edge of your roof that cover the eaves. The gutter is usually right below the fascia, which means that when a gutter clogs the fascia is often the first to take damage. If you see any rotting fascia at the edges of your roof, it’s an indication that water isn’t being drained correctly. Once a fascia board is compromised, it can leak water into the eaves of your home.
  3. Failing Shingles: damaged shingles are a common cause of roof leaks. If shingles are warped, cracked, or peeling, then it may be time to replace your roof.
  4. Damaged Flashing: when roof flashing ages, it can become brittle and cracked and fail to keep out the water. If you’d like to learn more about roof flashing, check out our blog entry about what roof flashing is, and how it works.

Something to keep in mind is that your homeowners’ insurance may cover roofing damage. Make sure to save all receipts, and to contact your insurance company about filing a claim. Also, keep in mind that many roofing contractors will provide free inspections.

If you have roofing damage and are in need of repair, such as roof leak repair, or if you have any questions about your roofing, give us a call at 303-394-2802 or contact us online.

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