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Top 10 Reasons Roofs Leak

I recently fount this FresHome Article “The 10 Most Common Causes of Roof Leaks”, and thought it would be a great tool for homeowners, especially this season.  Here’s the list:

  1. Your Flashing Is Cracked
  2. You Have Broken Shingles
  3. Your Valleys Aren’t Properly Sealed
  4. Your Vent Booting Is Cracked
  5. You Have Ice Dam Build Up
  6. Your Skylights Were Improperly Installed
  7. Your Gutters Are Clogged
  8. You Have a Cracked Chimney
  9. There’s Condensation In Your Attic
  10. You’re Using It Too Much

How does this help?  Unfortunately for homeowners, once you see a leak, you panic.  You feel trapped.

Unless you have a roofer in the house or in your family, you know you’re next step is to call a roofer out for an estimate.

I’m a roofer, but I get it.  Very few homeowners want to have us out.  Some of the stereotypes are a little hurtful, I must say, but I can’t deny that if you called 5 of us, at least 2 of us would prove some of those stereotypes true.  Some guys are the walking stereotype.

So read this article.  It can help anyone approximately identify or at least narrow down the cause of the leak.  This arms you as the homeowner with a basic understanding of what may need to be done.  You should still call roofers you can trust to further inspect and repair the roof, but knowing what might be wrong and why will help you make a decision on which proposal to move forward with after meeting with a couple of qualified installers.