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  • Writer's pictureApril Dacas, VP

Common Causes of Roof Leaks

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A leaky roof is more than just inconvenient; it is a constant drain on your home, your energy efficiency, and ultimately, your pocketbook. Leaks in your roof can cause damage to your attic, your insulation, and the interior of your home. In ongoing cases, excess water and moisture can lead to mold and mildew buildup, causing damage to your home and possibly compromising your health.

Roof leaks happen for several different reasons, but the important thing to remember is that they must be taken care of promptly, and they must be addressed and treated by a roofing professional to seal up those leaks tightly. Here are some common culprits of roof leaks, and what you should do about them:

Loose, Cracked or Rotting Shingles

If your roof is twenty, you likely have loose, cracked or rotting shingles on your roof. Due to extreme weather conditions and normal wear and tear, shingles can fall off. A weak outer layer also compromises the underlayment that helps to protect the interior of your home. If you see that you have compromised areas along your roofline, it is best to schedule a professional inspection. Make a quick call to a licensed roofing contractor to determine how it should best be repaired. Len’s Roofing specializes in roof repairs and can be reached by calling (941)896-7897. With minor repairs, you may extend the life of your roof by several years. And, should you need replacement, the professionals at Len’s Roofing can replace your shingle, tile, or metal roof, giving you peace of mind that your home will be protected for years to come.

Missing Nails

Roofing nails can sometimes loosen and come out of shingles entirely, leaving small holes where moisture, water, and other debris can sink into existing roofing material. While these little holes might not be visible to the naked eye, the trained roofing professionals at Len’s Roofing can spot areas of weakness and work to fortify them so that you can protect your home from the elements. Catching these little imperfections early will help to prevent more significant issues from developing in the future.

Damaged or Dislodged Flashings

Flashing is a piece of aluminum or metal that protects valleys along your roofline and any place where your roof meets vertical surfaces, like walls and dormers. If flashings are broken or dislodged, this can leave an open port of entry for rain and other debris to enter your roof. A timely repair from a qualified roofing technician at Len’s Roofing may be the best prevention against more costly repairs.

Cracked Rubber Boots

A plumbing vent that protrudes from your roof must be covered by a “boot,” or a rubber cap that protects the pipe and the roof surrounding it. Continued exposure to the elements may cause the boot to crack, leaving your roof vulnerable to damage and leaks. If you are making regular inspections to your roofline, flashings, and boots, you should never have the kind of costly repair that saps your finances and causes damage to your home.

Clogged Gutters

Gutters installed on your roof are a way to channel excess water away from your home. When your gutters are clogged, this water pools in places and causes shingles to weaken, loosen, and even fall off. Water sitting in pools can seep down into your roofline, causing damage to the interior and exterior of your home.


Age is definitely a factor in whether your roof can protect your home against the elements. With age comes the tendency for roofing materials to dry out and become brittle. Over time the hot sun and changing weather can actually deteriorate the adhesive that holds shingles in place, affecting the integrity of your shingle roof. Replacing your roof will help to preserve and protect the value of your home and all of your belongings.

Experiencing Roof Leaks? We Can Help!

With over twenty-five years of experience and a passion for customer service, Len’s Roofing has been serving clients in greater Florida helping to preserve and protect their most valuable asset---their homes. If you are noticing areas of weakness or deficiency in your roof, perhaps it’s time to schedule a consultation by calling Len’s Roofing at (941)896-7897. One of our qualified roofing professionals will diagnose, treat, and repair your roof and restore it once more to strength and resilience. Won't it be wonderful to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have a strong, well-sealed roof? Visit for more information.


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