Common causes of residential roof leaks

Roof leaks are a nightmare for homeowners. They can cause severe damage to multiple areas of your home, including the attic, ceilings, walls, and floors.

Residential and Commercial Roofing Projects
Blackhawk Roofing
August 14, 2022

What causes roof leaks?

Roof leaks are certainly one of the worst nightmares for homeowners. They can cause severe damage to multiple areas of your home, including the attic, ceilings. and walls. The water from a roof leak can cause mold to form in your home, making homeowners and their families sick. The most common causes of roof leaks include the following…
  • Broken or missing shingles can be caused by hail damage, high winds, or heavy rains. 
  • An old roof that needs replacing can cause leaks since shingles weaken over time. The weakened shingles can be caused by time, hail, excessive moisture, windstorms, and exposure to sunlight. 
  • Improper installation on the homeowner's roof may cause roof leaks. A leak could occur if the flashing (strips of metal that seals roof transitions under shingles) is not installed correctly. Several other problems could be caused by improper installation if an inexperienced or dishonest contractor cutting corners installed the previous roof.
  • Holes in your roof could cause severe leaks for the homeowner. If a tv antenna was removed and a hole was left, that could cause a leak in the roof. If a tree branch fell and formed a hole in a homeowner's roof, this could also cause a severe problem and leak. 
  • Clogged gutters can cause a roof to leak since water does not flow if gutters are clogged. Gutters are meant to help water flow; if the gutters are clogged and not performing this task, they can become stagnant and soak through the roof. 
       
  • Roof leaks can cause severe problems for homeowners. You could leak into your roof and not notice it for awhile.

    Some common signs of a possible roof leak are mold running down the siding of the exterior of your home, water sports on the ceiling, and wet roof decking inside your attic. Schedule a free estimate with Blackhawk Roofing today to see what damage is on your roof. We never cut corners and perform due diligence when installing a new roof for our customers.

What to do if you spot a leak

  • Discovering a leak can be frightening. Although you need to act quickly, taking the proper steps when you find a roof leak can help minimize the damage and prevent the issue from worsening. Here are five things we recommend you do when you find a leak in your roof.
  • Protect the area. Find an empty container such as a bucket to catch drips and put down plastic sheets to cover your floor and furniture.
  • Locate the leak. Examine your ceiling to find where the water is coming from. Punch a hole in the damaged area with a screwdriver or similarly-sized object so the excess water can drain out. This could keep your ceiling from sagging or collapsing.
  • Find where the problem is. Inspect your roof from the ground to see any missing shingles or other apparent damage. Go into the attic to see if you can find any damage. (If you can see the light coming in from the outside, that's a sure sign of a problem area.) If you see any damage, call us for a free estimate. 
  • Cover the leaky spot temporarily. If more wet weather is expected and we can't get to your house immediately, try to cover the leak. Take all necessary safety precautions, then cover the area with a tarp. Secure it with a staple gun and some boards–but don't nail or screw them to your roof. This can cause more damage.

Pro Tip: If you have even a tiny leak in your roof, don't put off getting it fixed. Call us today to schedule a roof inspection. 

Don't overlook minor roof damage

Roofing repairs are often expensive and time-consuming. While this may seem like an ideal way to save yourself money, it could lead to a more expensive repair in the future because minor damage can deteriorate further over time. Here are some crucial reasons you shouldn't delay an inspection after a suspected injury.

The roof is the most important part of your home

The roof of your home is one of the most vital parts of its structure, as it keeps your possessions and loved ones safe from the elements. It also keeps water and dirt from entering and damaging your home.

Roofs are more complicated than you might think

The roof of your home is more than just a protective cover; it's an intricate system designed to reduce energy wastage and helps encourage excess water to run off your property safely. If you neglect your roof, your home will encounter other problems such as birds making a home in your eaves, water drainage issues, leaks, and mold growth. These issues are much more complicated to fix when the neglect lasts for an extended period. 

Have a roofing professional repair all leaks as soon as you notice them.

Blackhawk Roofing

Blackhawk Roofing has specialized in commercial and residential roofing since 1995. Over the years, we've built new and replacement roofs for thousands of customers in Central Illinois.