Why is my roof leaking?

The temperatures are beginning to drop and winter will be here in a blink of an eye. Winter means the holiday season, which is typically filled with joy, surprises and family time. One surprise that homeowners do not want is a leaking roof.

The LoveOurRoof repair experts want to share that a leaking roof does not just happen, it is due to lack of maintenance or severe weather.

Why is my roof leaking?

TheLoveOurRoof repair experts want to start by saying roofs do not last forever. A combination of weather, time and wear and tear can cause your roof to leak over time. Living in Omaha means that your roof experiences extreme weather conditions throughout the year. From hot and humid summers, freezing and snowy winters, to hail and thunderstorms. Naturally, over time your shingles will become weaker, and if any are missing or broken it may be the result in a roof leak. If a large storm has just passed, it is recommended that you contact a LoveOurRoof Exterior Specialist so they can inspect it for any damages. Storms can damage your roof which may result in roof leaks. Ventilation is key to keeping your home leak free. Rooms that have a lot of moisture, like the bathroom, kitchen or sunroom can cause moisture to build up and cause damage. This could lead to mold in your home, which jeopardizes the health of your home, yourself and your loved ones. When it comes to the exterior of your home, the DIY route is advised against! Yes, it may save you money upfront, but in the long run, if your roof was not installed correctly or incorrect materials were used it will cost you more to repair, or even replace.

How can I prevent my roof from leaking?

A regular roof inspection is advised in order to catch damage early. As a homeowner, you want to look at the roof flashing. Tight flashing around the chimney and vents can help prevent water from entering your home. In addition to a roof inspection, regular maintenance is needed. Keeping your gutters clean is vital because it’s your gutters job to direct water away from your house. Clogged gutters are not able to do their job properly. Dealing with a roof leak As soon as you notice a leak, contact a professional to help stop the leak and prevent any future damage. In the meantime, while you are waiting for the professional to show up, you can set down large towels or buckets to help protect your home. If you choose to use towels make sure you are changing them regularly to prevent them from getting soaked. Another way to dry the water on the floor is by using a fan. Also, it is advised to leave the heat off because the heat escapes through your roof which could cause any ice dams on your home to melt.

If your roof is leaking contact us today by giving us a call or filling out the contact form!

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