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Hearing that faint drip, drip dripping of water droplets in some corner of your home may not be that alarming to you at first. But if not tended to immediately, over time that faint drop in the distance could become rather deafening. Obviously the bigger the problem the more it will cost you to repair. Roof leaks are a common problem in homes, especially those in rainy areas.

Let us break it down for you.

What Causes Roof Leaks?

 

Broken Shingles

There are many reasons that can cause asphalt roof shingles to break. They can break and crack because of age, poor installation or as a result of severe weather exposure. Broken asphalt shingles can thus allow water to filter into your home causing roof leaks.

Age

Like most things, your roof deteriorates with age. With years of exposure to the elements, the materials which make up your roof can crack, become brittle and break. As this happens your roof may be less capable of keeping water outside your home. It is for this reason, among others, that maintaining your roof is of absolute importance.

Debris Build-up

This often happens with large overhanging trees. Things like leaves, twigs, pine cones, pine needles or smaller branches can pile up on your roof and prevent water from running off. This excess moisture is then trapped on the roof thus causing the weakening of roof materials.

Clogged Gutters

The purpose of gutters is to effectively remove water from your roof. However, these can also become clogged with a build-up of debris. Regularly cleaning and flushing out gutters can remove this debris as well as any excess water stored within the debris.

Broken Flashing

Flashing is installed under asphalt shingles and roof joints in order to create a water-resistant barrier. However, when these crack or break it can lead to water leaking into your home.

Holes

Poorly installed Tv cables, antennas, skylights or any other roof installation can cause water leakages in your home. It is important to have these properly installed because not only will this cause water leaking into your home but you could risk damaging these installations.

Ice Dam Build-up

An ice dam on your roof is a ridge of snow that forms on the edge of your roof. This ridge prevents any water or melted snow from running off. Besides the sitting water on your roof that can cause leakages, the weight of this buildup can be pretty damaging as well.

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The roofing experts at Nextgen Construction Service are no strangers to tackling the problem of water within the home. Call us today for professional and efficient roof leak repair services.

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