The winter is generally one of the wettest seasons of the year, especially in Atlanta. In fact, this year the area has been exposed to an abnormal amount of winter weather. This kind of weather can do a lot of damage to your home if your roof hasn’t been properly installed or maintained, resulting in potential water damage to the structure of your home as well as the possessions inside your home. The following are five roof problems that could lead to potential leaks during this winter season that will require leak repair.
Improperly Installed Shingles
Shingles will shed water as long as they are correctly installed – but if they are not, water can easily leak through. This is why shingles are not used for flat roofs. If they were, the roof would experience massive amounts of leaking. The shingles need to be inspected to make sure that they are offset correctly.
Improperly Installed Flashing
A specially designed flashing has to be used to bridge any slope changes when two different roof pitches transition. Roofs that don’t have the proper flashing are relying on a sealant in order to prevent seepage. Flashing should be installed and the sealant should be checked – if the sealant deteriorates, water will leak in.
Shingles can take damage from debris, especially during storms with high winds. If a shingle has been punctured, then it is easier for water to leak through. Damaged shingles will need to be replaced.
Improperly Installed Starter Strip
The starter strip shingles are used in order to seal the first row of shingles. This helps prevent wind uplift. If your roof doesn’t have starter strip shingles or it is improperly installed, it can lead to strong winds tearing off parts of your roof – exposing your home to all the elements in the process.
Gutters are often exposed to the elements. If your gutters sit exposed, it means that you have to constantly keep an eye out on them and clean them out if they get blocked up. If your gutters get obstructed, they won’t drain properly, which will lead to water leaking into your home. Because of this, you should consider installing gutter protection.
Contact Pro Roofing & Siding to have your roof inspected for these five potential issues and be sure to invest in leak repair before it is too late.