Why Your “New” Roof Leaks
You had your roof replaced ten to twelve years ago and have never had any troubles with it. Then one day, you look up at the ceiling after a good rain to find evidence of a problem – roof leaks. How could this be? A roof is supposed to last 30 years, right? You should have 20 more years to go!
This scenario is played out across America every time there’s a heavy rain. But what is a homeowner to do?
Is it really going to last 30 years?
Most Shingles come with a 30 year material warranty, but that doesn’t prevent your roof from leaking for 30 years. Sounds strange doesn’t it? So what is causing your roof to leak? The chances are likely it’s not because of material defects.
Roofs often leak because of improper installation. These types of leaks usually surface within the first couple of years following installation. But for leaks that appear after 10 or 12 years, the reason is due to a lack of maintenance. Yes, roofs need maintenance too.
A good roof tune-up should be done on your roof at least every two years to check on all of the places where leaks generally appear. Even though the shingle itself may last 30 years, that doesn’t mean it fits as snuggly around penetrations as it did when it was installed. Roof penetrations include chimneys, skylights, vents, pipes, etc.
Normal weathering also ages shingles. Under hot summer sun, through winter ice and snow, against heavy spring rainfall, and against the strong winds of fall, shingles take a lot of abuse from nature throughout the year. These conditions result in movement, shrinkage, and contraction of your shingles, the fasteners holding the shingles, and the flashing components that join the shingles to various elements of the penetrations. These elements could consist of aluminum, rubber, plastic, lead, steel, or plastic. Due the various properties associated with these elements and their association with the asphaltic shingle, openings do occur (over time) that allow moisture to enter your home.
What to do
A skilled roof technician (like one from Solid Rock Roofing) knows where to look for trouble spots on any roof. Get on a routine schedule with a trustworthy roofing company now. Have your roof investment checked at least every two years for any signs that could result in roof leaks.
It’s a lot less expensive to maintain your roof than to replace the damage from a roof leak. Contact Solid Rock Roofing to schedule your roof tune-up today!