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O'Fallon Roofing: Article About Common Causes Of Leaks

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Roof leaks can create stress in a homeowner's life. The problems can range from a small nuisance created by a minor leak to a lot of worrying when leaks are substantial. O'Fallon roofing professionals are ready and able to investigate and resolve all your roofing problems. Homeowners should recognize these few very common reasons for roof leaks.

The age of your roof is often a factor in roof leaks. Over time, your shingles deteriorate. Fluctuations in temperature can cause shingles to become brittle and break. Direct exposure to sunlight also contributes to the breakdown of the adhesive that seals your shingles together. When this happens, water can begin to seep through to the decking below and cause damage.

If you have a brick chimney, there is often a large gap between the chimney and the roof itself. This area is covered by flashing, which is typically a waterproof material that keeps water from penetrating an opening. Sometimes, the flashing will pull away and leave the opening unprotected. In that case, water can enter around the chimney into your home. Another possibility is that cracks can develop in your chimney, allowing water to seep into the chimney itself.

Gutters that are backed up also hamper the roof's ability to shed water.

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This means more water remains on the shingles. Shingles can only absorb so much water before they eventually become saturated. When this happens, the water can soak through. Be sure your gutters are free of debris. Just after the last leaves of fall have hit the ground is a good time to do this, ensuring that you take care of issues before winter. If water backs up in the gutter during freezing temperatures, it can form ice. This will effectively shut down your gutter system and cause significant problems when the snow and ice that is already on your roof begins to melt. Also, check your gutters for damage as damaged gutters may not route your water properly away from the roof and the foundation of your home.

Roof penetrations, including vents, flues and pipes that extend beyond the roofline to vent hot or dangerous gases, are a common source of leaks. Like chimneys, the areas around these penetrations need to be covered with flashing to prevent the infiltration of water. Age can also play a factor here as, over time, nails come loose and caulking dries out, allowing the flashing to slide and creating gaps.

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