Common Causes Of Roof Leaks

Any roof leak is a major headache for any homeowner, especially if the leak is hard to locate or fix. A leak can develop up to 10 feet away from the source because of things like horizontal roof boards. Among roof leaks, this is the most common. While hiring a professional roofing company is an option, knowing your home’s structure is beneficial.

Fields of Shingles

If your home has an older roof or you haven’t received regular maintenance, leaks can develop easily within or under the shingles. The most obvious signs of a leak in a single nail, are missing granules and cracks but can be as subtle as a misplaced nail.

Two roof planes

Another common place for leaks to occur on roofs is the valley formed by the intersection of two roof planes. Incorrectly trimmed shingles can allow water to seep through the shingles and into your home.


Chimneys are both attractive and functional but can be a headache when it comes to roofing. All four types of flashing on a chimney must be in good working order for there to be no leaks. A lot of precision is required, even when counter flashing the leads into the brick mortar joints. Small cracks above flashings can allow water to rush in behind them and into your home, even if it is not visible.


Roof flashing directs water away from leaky areas of the roof with a thin layer of galvanized steel. This applies to areas around plumbing and heating vents. Inadequate flashings, on the other hand, can come loose and cause significant leaks. It is critical to check your plumbing and furnace vent flashings regularly to detect them early.

When you schedule regular roofing maintenance or repairs with Lifetime Roof and Solar to get the most out of your investment roofing. Residential or Commercial roofing water leaks are no match for our expertise when it comes to preventing them

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