Dallas, TX / August 10, 2018 / — As roofing contractors at R2 Roof Guys, we see a lot of roof leaks. We also see how frustrating a roof leak can be for homeowners when the leak causes damages to their home and personal property. Sometimes locating roof leaks is relatively straightforward, while other times it can be quite difficult, requiring a lot of detective work and a spotter on the inside of the house.
We’ve put together a list of the most common areas that roof leaks occur, so as you inspect your roof before or after harsh weather, you’ll know where to focus. Of course, it’s always a good idea to have a roofing contractor come and inspect your roof – we know how to find the smallest, most hard-to-find leaks and repair them quickly.
The Roof Field – On older roofs, you may find that there are leaks within the roof field. If you have asphalt shingles, it should be fairly easy to walk around and check the tops of the shingles for any damage, curling, missing colored granules, and cracks. If you have other roofing materials, like slate, concrete tile, or clay tile, it requires more care and should be done by a roofing contractor.
Valleys – Valleys are the lines where two planes of the roof intersect. These areas can be particularly troublesome if the shingles are not trimmed correctly. When the shingles are trimmed to fit the valley area, there is a specific way they must be cut, or it can allow water to find a way down and into your home.
Chimneys – The areas surrounding chimneys are the culprits of many leaks. Chimneys typically contain four different types of flashing, and they all must be right, or you will have a leak. A tiny hairline crack above the flashing can cause a tremendous amount of water to leak behind the flashings and create damage.
Plumbing Vent Flashings – Many of the newer types of vent flashings have a rubber seal with an aluminum flashing. The rubber seals simply aren’t designed to last as long as a roof and can fail within 10 to 15 years. When you are trying to locate a leak, be sure to check for cracked rubber around plumbing pipes. The flashing should dive up and under the shingles that extend up the roof from the middle of the plumbing vent. The bottom half of the flashing should be exposed and actually cover the shingles.
Furnace Flashings – Furnace, or B-vent Flashings are similar to plumbing vent flashings. Although, they do sometimes have a storm collar. The storm collar is metal and fits tightly around the pipe that extends out of the roof. If the storm collar becomes loose, it can cause leaks.
Wind Blown Rain – Rain that is driven by high winds often proves to be a major problem. You may have a great roof, and yet the wind will drive the water up, under the roofing materials. Some roofers will use roofing cement at the edges of the roof to help keep this kind of damage to a minimum. Don’t underestimate the power of windblown rain; it can cause significant damage quickly.
No matter what type of leak you have, the team at R2 Roof Guys can help you locate it and repair it. It’s always a good idea to have a roof inspection done at the first sight of water in your home. At R2 Roof Guys, we have the experience to find and repair roof leaks no matter what the cause. If you have noticed a leak in your home, contact us today at 214-405-4396 for a roof inspection.