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Home Building, Remodeling, Roofing & Home Aquisition

One of the most stressful things you can deal with as a homeowners is a leaking roof. Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements, and it is important to make sure that it’s kept in good repair to keep your home healthy. If you find that your roof is leaking, take a look at this blog to learn about a few of the most common causes of roof leaks.

Damaged/Broken Shingles

If your shingles are cracked, broken, or worn, you may find that water is able to seep into your roof deck. If you find that you have damaged shingles, they are the first thing you should replace when trying to address your leaking roof.

Failed Flashing

Another common cause of roofing leaks is failed flashing around your chimney. This is a relatively common cause of roof leaks because flashing has the potential to fail at two different points.  There is the metal portion of the flashing, which can rust and corrode from weather exposure. There is also a rubber seal placed over the metal flashing which can dry out and crack over time.

Roofing Nails That Are Coming Loose

Over time, the nails in your shingles can come loose from your roof deck, either from moisture causing swelling which will force the nails loose, or from your shingles wearing away over time and exposing the nails.  No matter which way it happens, if your nails are forced loose, water can and will seep under the nail.

Cracked Chimney

Your chimney can crack over time for a variety of reasons.  Your mortar can wear away over time, which can cause small holes in your chimney to form.  This will allow water to leak into your chimney. Furthermore, if your home was freshly built, it is possible that your chimney will crack in places as your home continues to set. Either way, you will simply need to have your mortar patched and chimney examined to address the leak.

Condensation In Your Attic

If there is a significant temperature difference between your attic and the outside air, whether its hotter or colder, condensation can form in your attic, which depending on your climate, could end up being significant enough to cause water to seep into your ceiling.

Ice Dams

During the winter, large chunks of ice may form in your home’s gutters, as the snow on your roof melts from the heat escaping from your attic and runs down to the unheated eaves of your roof. As the ice continues to back up, it can cause water to pool up onto your roof, where it can seep beneath your shingles and into your home. If you find that your roof is suddenly leaking in the winter, you should be sure to check your gutters for ice dams.

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Is your roof leaking? In need of a roof replacement? Reach out to our team at Berglund Homes at (781) 879-3406 or by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to assisting you with your roofing needs!

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