Published on October 17, 2022 by Jason Reisman

5 Causes of Roof Leaks and What You Can Do About Them

Worried about roof leaks? Call Eustis Roofing at (352) 343-4240 for advice and to schedule an inspection!

Homeowners depend on roofs to keep themselves, their families, and their possessions safe. Preventing leaks can extend your roof’s lifespan and save on repair costs. Eustis Roofing, the trusted roofing contractor in Lady Lake, wants our neighbors to have roofs they can display with pride. We’re here to help you avoid and deal with common causes of roof leaks. 

Storm Damage

Florida has always been a magnet for tropical storms and hurricanes. Even a small storm can strip shingles, damage flashing, and expose the roof deck to leakage and rot. Homeowners cannot do much to prevent storms, but they can prepare for them.

Trim your trees before hurricane season. Tie down any outdoor furniture or bring it inside. Heavy wind in a storm can turn any loose object into a projectile with the potential to puncture your roof and let rainwater in.

Clogged Roof Vents and Gutters

Any obstruction that prevents the flow of water or air around your roof facilitates the buildup of moisture in your roof. Over time, this can lead to rot, mold, and the need for costly repairs.

Clear gutters offer protection against storms because they allow water to drain away from the roof more quickly. Clean your gutters to keep everything flowing smoothly when a storm hits.

Water Collecting in Valleys

Roofs with peaks that meet at right angles often have valleys where water runoff from both sides can collect during heavy rains. If water stagnates, it can degrade or corrode the roofing materials, eventually causing leaks. If you see ice, snow, or water collecting on your roof, install an ice or water shield.

Problems With Flashing

One of the more notable causes of roof leaks is the junction between the shingles and other parts of the house, such as the chimney. That’s where you’ll find flashing, metal plates that form a barrier against water.

If flashing becomes loose, breaks, or corrodes, water can seep in and cause damage. Have your roof inspected periodically and replace damaged or worn-out flashing.

Roof Repair and Installation Mistakes

A sturdy roof can last for generations, but installation mistakes can lead to missing shingles, leaks, and the need to redo some or part of the roofing. An inexperienced or hasty roofer can leave your roof vulnerable by:

  • Attaching the shingles improperly
  • Failing to install the drip edge correctly
  • Incorrectly installing flashing
  • Using flimsy materials that insufficiently protect the roof deck from moisture

Roofing mistakes are one of the leading causes of roof leaks. To ensure the best protection for your roof, consider using quality roofing products from Conklin, especially when having your roof repaired or replaced.

Keep Leaks Away With Professional Roof Maintenance, Installation, and Repair from Eustis Roofing

Eustis Roofing has the experience to keep every part of your roof in top condition, from the shingles and flashing to the roofing air vents. Call us at (352) 343-4240 to schedule a thorough roof inspection or to discuss any problems you are having with your roof. We look forward to working with you.

Jason Reisman

About The Author: Jason Reisman

Jason Reisman, ERC’s General Manager is a problem solver! Jason is hands-on with finding solutions to difficult problems as well as constantly researching, exploring new concepts, discovering new inventive ways and is passionate about being the most experienced, most knowledgeable and most dependable in the roofing trade. He’s hands-on with training and instruction ensuring every job have the up to date and state of the art equipment to perform with precision to be in and out without delays. Jason loves competing with his Dad on the golf course!