When Spring comes, so does the rain. During this season, you may notice your roof has begun leaking. Roof leaks need to be repaired as soon as possible. If the matter is neglected, it can lead to severe water damage and mold. The first sign of a roof leak means it’s time to call your local roofing company.
Why Your Roof is Leaking
Roof leaks can occur for many reasons; damage and age are two of the most prominent. The following are common ways roof leaks can occur.
- Extreme Weather Conditions
- Chimney Wear and Tear
- A Misplaced Gas Vent Collar
- Clogged Gutters
- A Misplaced Pipe Boot
- Incorrectly Driven Nails
- Poor Skylight Installation
- Solar Panels
- Satellite Dishes
We know – that is one hefty list. We highly recommend for safety reasons to call a professional roofer to come and assess the cause of your leak. A professional will know what to look for and be able to safely navigate your roof.
Roof Leak Solutions
Depending on the cause and severity of the damage will determine how a roofing company will fix it. Here are some of the common ways a roofing company will repair some of the items mentioned above.
Chimney Wear and Tear
If the flashing around a chimney is damaged, a roofer will reflash the area. They may also reseal certain areas of the chimney to prevent water intrusion.
A Misplaced Gas Vent Collar
A roofer will slightly raise the collar and reseal it into place using a sealer that matches standard roof colors.
The roofer will install three pieces of flashing behind the gutter and onto the roof.
A Broken Pipe Boot
One way a contractor may repair a broken pipe boot is by covering the old boot with a new rubber one.
Incorrectly Driven Nails
Incorrectly driven nails are fixed by removing the shingle and the nail. The roofer will then move the nail into the proper spot and resealing the shingle back on.
Poor Skylight Installation
The roofer will remove the exterior armor and flashing, seal it, and replace it.
It should be stated that your local roofer may decide to tweak these repair methods based on the severity of the damage.
How We Can Help
Many of the items in this article can be temporarily patched, but that will not solve your roofing troubles in the long run. We want to repair your roof in Ottawa, so you don’t have to worry about it later. No matter the cause of your roof leak, our team can help. Contact us for all of your roofing needs.