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9 Most Common Causes of Roof Leaks

9 Most Common Causes of Roof Leaks

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In case you are a homeowner and your home has an older roof, it is very likely that you will soon experience roof leaks from your ceiling, fixtures or skylight. Even if you can’t see the leaks, but you can hear them, you must be careful because this is a clear sign of roof leaks. It is not unusual to have a leaky roof and the chances of experiencing something like this increase after some time. However, this doesn’t mean that there is only one reason why roof leaks appear. That’s why we have prepared a list of 9 most common causes of roof leaks.

1. Blocked gutters

This is a very common cause of roof leaks. Leaves, dirt and other things that are found in the air can block the gutters over time. That’s why clean them regularly and especially before fall and winter

2. Aging Roof

As previously mentioned, roofs have certain life expectancy. Once the materials used in the roof get old and worn, you will probably start experiencing the first problems which usually begin with roof leaks.

3. Flashing

Chimneys have flashing that covers the connection between them and the roof. In case this flashing is damaged or improperly installed, it is not unusual for homeowners to experience roof leaks

4. Brick Chimneys

Although brick chimneys look like they are very strong, the mortar that keeps the bricks together loses its property after some period of time. In case it is damaged or very old, water can easily penetrate the roof.

5. Holes in Roof

Holes in the roof appear from natural disasters and harsh weather conditions. For example, storms can easily create holes in the roof. If they are not fixed on time, they will expand and result in roof leaks and other problems that have the ability to compromise the entire house

6. Missing shingles

In case you find a shingle in your yard, you should not be surprised if you notice roof leaks on rainy days. If you find yourself in a situation like this, just nail the old shingle in case it’s not damaged. If the shingle is cracked or damaged put a new one.

7. Complex roofs

Complex roofs look attractive, but they can cause problems if they are not installed properly and if you avoid cleaning snow that piles up on them.

8. Improper Roof Construction

You should always use the help of professional and experienced roofers because improper construction leads to roof leaks.

9. Mechanical Damage

There are situations when people may need to walk on the roof to fix something, like a malfunctioning air condition or antenna. In this way they can create mechanical damage which will ultimately result in roof leaks.

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Shawn Cerrasco
Shawn Cerrasco
01:43 26 Apr 17
Rock Solid sent Joe to my house 1day after the devastating windstorm several weeks ago. Due to how busy they were, Joe didn't make it to our house until the sun was setting. We thought we'd have to reschedule, but Joe got a ladder and a flash light and headed up onto our roof. He immediately identified the worst spots, and though it was getting dark, he still made sure that those parts were tarped. Joe met with our insurance adjuster, gave us shingle samples and helped us pick the right shingle for our house. Jeremy and his crew installed our new roof. They were professional and courteous. They paid great attention to detail and did a thorough clean up. My husband and I couldn't be more pleased with the work and the look of our home. Thank you!read more
Robert Meitzler
Robert Meitzler
14:38 27 Mar 17
Levi (Owner of Rock Solid) and I have been very close friends for 25 years, so naturally he was the very first person I called when I saw shingles scattered across my lawn during Michigan’s 2nd biggest wind storm in history. He said he would have someone at my house tomorrow to assess the situation, and he’ll personally call me with the results. The following day I had someone on my roof while I was at work, and Levi called me later that afternoon to let me know temporary coverage was applied and that he’ll have someone out at my house about 2-weeks to repair the damage. He was honest with me over phone, describing to me that he needs to focus his resources on those homes in which temporary covering would not suffice and roof replacement was mandatory. Well exactly 15 days later I get a text from Levi letting me know that someone would be out to repair my roof. I was extremely pleased how timely the roof repair was done, accurate to the dates he provided up front. I mentioned in the beginning that I’m friends with Levi as I want to share with you the morals in which I know he stands for. He’s honest, hard-working, kind, fair, and trust worthy and during this situation I got to see all those ethics applied from Levi as a business owner. I would highly recommend Rock Solid Exteriors to any of my family or friends!!!!!read more
Tom Brennan
Tom Brennan
07:22 30 Mar 17
Jason, the salesman, helped us through the entire process of getting our roof fixed after the hail storm of 2016. These guys are pros at what they do. I felt at ease right off the bat. The whole crew has been helpful and friendly, and boy are they fast! I would and have been recommending Rock Solid to help my friends and neighbors after the storm last year. Thank you guys!!read more
Sonia J
Sonia J
20:17 18 Apr 17
My salesman Joe Minauro came to my door to let me know that alot of my shingles were on the ground from the wind and suggested for me to call my home insurance....I am soooo grateful to Joe and Rock Solid, not only did I get a new roof that I did not have to pay for but the customer service, the quality, cleanliness and friendliness of Joe and the crew was awesome. Thank you.read more
Jana H
Jana H
10:11 08 Jun 17
We had a great experience with this company! They worked hard for our business giving us an amazing deal on our siding. Our home looks fantastic now. The workers were quick polite and professional. They did an amazing job. We couldn't be happier.read more
Scott Henson
Scott Henson
03:47 14 Jun 17
I needed a new roof and wanted to look a little more into this company because I had a friend use them, and she had nothing but good things to say about the company. I notice that Joe Minauro's name was mentioned in one of the past clients reviews so when I called I had requested him,, Joe promptly responded and scheduled a appointment with us, then after we started going over everything with him you would have thought we were Joe's only customers , but I knew this not to be true his phone was ringing none stop. Joe has been very attentive and we felt taken care of through the whole process. Thanks Joe!read more
Nannette Mercier
Nannette Mercier
12:57 28 Jun 17
Kudos to this company and the crew! They took my tired looking mobile home and made it look like new. I had siding and gutters replaced. What a great experience from the initial visit with the sales representative to the installation crew. Very professional, when the job was done they put everything back in my flower bed, my grill back and even my trash cans. Then I noticed they fixed a loose board on my steps. I highly recommend them.read more
Melanie Whitehead
Melanie Whitehead
15:30 20 Jul 17
Rock Solid is just that, a rock solid company who do a great job. The owner, Levi, is an honest and honorable man. They do great work and I would suggest them to anyone looking for any exterior work. Thanks Levi and company!read more
Ruth Pisani
Ruth Pisani
15:58 21 Jul 17
Nathan from Rock Solid worked with me..Everything went smoothly and the crew, office staff all a great bunch of people. From start to finish clean up. I wish I could give them more than 5 stars.read more
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