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5 Things Most Likely to Make Your Roof Leak

Your house is not only likely one of your most valuable assets, but it is the place you call home and spend most of your time. Maintaining your home’s exterior is essential to keeping it looking its best. From keeping the yard up to preventing roof leaks, taking pride in your home is something you strive for and helps keep it in excellent condition.

While some home improvement projects and maintenance tasks are simple to take care of yourself, others can prove more complicated and require help from professionals. When it comes to caring for and repairing your roof, you might not feel confident in your capabilities. Whether you worry about your safety while up on your roof or don’t have the experience to make the necessary repairs, working on your roof can prove to be a challenge.

Fortunately, Advanced Roofing & Siding, Inc is ready to help you keep your roof in top shape and assist you with any repairs you may need. From complete new roofs to repairing weather-damaged areas and preventing roof leaks, we are your roofing and siding experts. We have the experience and knowledge to address any of your roofing concerns, as well as skilled professionals who provide exceptional service.

Roof Leaks

At Advanced Roofing & Siding Inc., we understand the unique needs of our Midwest clients and know the best materials and techniques for providing you with a roof that will stand up to the sometimes harsh elements of the Minneapolis area.

Between rough winters consisting of snow and ice, and hot and humid summers, your roof has exposure to various weather conditions. Regardless of the time of year, being proactive about your roof’s care can help avoid damage and roof leaks.

Roof leaks can occur regardless of the season. Roof leaks aren’t exclusive to fall and winter, but often show up even during the summer. After a summer storm, or due to the heat and humidity, your roof can obtain damage that can lead to leaks. Knowing what to look for with your roof can give you peace of mind. Take a look at these five things that are likely to cause a roof leak and get ready to take a proactive approach to roof care.

1. Missing or Damaged Shingles

One of the most visible and common reasons a roof will leak is due to broken shingles. Damaged shingles can easily be seen by merely looking up at your roof. Sometimes, you may even find shingles on the ground that have fallen off the roof. Missing shingles are typically apparent and easy to spot.

Inclement weather can lead to broken shingles. A summer storm can just as easily take a toll on your shingles as the cold winter weather. Wind and heavy rain can remove shingles, which leaves your roof vulnerable to potential leaks

2. Ice Dams

Midwest residents are familiar with the inconveniences of winter weather. From snow build up to freezing temperatures, your roof can take the brunt of inclement winter weather. Ice dams on your roof result when snow begins to melt due to heat coming from your attic.

As the snow melts and runs down your roof, it refreezes as exposure to freezing temperatures hits. Ice forms from the run-off around your roof’s exterior. An ice dam can block melting snow and water from running off the roof and draining correctly. Also, the weight of the ice can also lead to damage.

Ice dams cause damage to your roof that can also cause leaks. During the winter, it’s essential to try and prevent ice dams from forming.

3. Skylights

Skylights are a fantastic way to let natural light into your home. The additional brightness can make your home seem more open and even more spacious. However, if skylights aren’t properly installed, they could become a ticking roof leak time bomb.

If you notice condensation build up or wet spots near your skylights, they are likely the cause of your roof leak. Sometimes a leak is due to flashing around the skylight not being secure. Other times, the skylights were not fitted correctly, or insulation around the edges is no longer good. It’s essential to make sure the surrounding flashing is up to par, and that there are no cracks in your skylights.

4. Gutters

While it’s typically not your favorite job to clean the gutters, it’s often a necessary task. Clearing gutters free from debris allows water to drain off of your roof efficiently. When gutters are clogged, water can potentially pool on your roof, and eventually even leak through your roof.

Cleaning your gutters when you see them full of leaves and other debris will help ensure water won’t build up and sit on your roof.

5. Condensation Build Up

When condensation accumulates in your attic, leaks can follow. Due to the merging of opposite weather conditions, like hot and humid summers and freezing cold winters, condensation can form in your attic. If you see signs of mold and mildew in your attic, you may realize your roof leak is coming from the attic.

Take care to ensure your attic is well insulated and that vents are clear.  Keeping your attic resistant to temperature fluctuations can help prevent condensation and leaks.

Let the Professionals Help

If you worry about your roof’s condition and whether or not your roof is susceptible to leaks, Advanced Roofing & Siding Inc is ready to help. We offer free inspections and can identify any problem areas, as well as make recommendations for repairs or replacement. After evaluating your roof, our crew of experts is here to meet your roofing needs with knowledge and optimal service.

Regardless of how big or small your roofing project is, we will complete your job efficiently and effectively. Don’t let the Midwest weather stress you out when it comes to your roof’s maintenance and care. Advanced Roofing and Siding, Inc is your go-to roofing contractor and can give you the peace of mind you need.Contact us today and see how we can help maintain, repair, or replace your roof. We look forward to working with you and helping you keep your home looking and performing its best.

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