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  • Writer's pictureApril Dacas, VP

Consequences Of Roof Leaks

Roof Water Damage

A leaky roof is inconvenient and stressful. Failing to find the source of the leak and stop it at its source can cause more issues than you can imagine, starting with the strength and safety of your home.

As time goes by, what started as a mere drip or trickle can quickly turn into significant mold and mildew growth, rotted wood, and ruined insulation in your home. Preventing and detecting roof leaks will be an integral part of caring for your roof and preserving the structural integrity of your whole home.

How Do Leaks Begin?

Roof leaks can occur in the following situations.

  1. Your roof is old and worn out. Roofs do not last forever. The average asphalt roof lasts 15 to 20 years with optimal maintenance, and even shorter if a homeowner neglects roof care. Your roof takes a beating from the elements daily; wind, sun, and storm damage can weaken roof structures and leave you susceptible to leaks.

  2. Your roof has been damaged. If you have holes or cracks in your roof, or if tiles and shingles have been lost due to storm and wind damage, you’re likely to have a leak somewhere in your structure. Vents are also a common culprit of leaks, as they let water into your structure that cannot drain back out.

  3. Your roof has improperly sealed valleys. The valley of your roof is where two planes intersect. If they are not properly framed and constructed, running rainwater will most likely trickle into your home. Leak barriers are needed to protect from runoff in areas where two plans intersect.

  4. Your roof has debris buildup. Recent storms and high winds can quickly pile up debris on your roof, making it the perfect place for water to pool after a storm. Keeping your roof clean from debris will keep excess water from backing up into weakened areas in your roof.

Consequences of Roof Leaks

Failing to stay on top of regular maintenance and inspection could leave you with several weak spots in your roofline that can have significant consequences. Here are just a few of the issues you could be dealing with as you handle a leaky roof.

Mold and mildew growth

One of the most dangerous consequences of a leaky roof is the development of mold and mildew in your home. Mold thrives in damp, moist places, and your attic is perfect for toxic spores to set up residence. This mold will have to be removed as soon as possible to prevent health complications for you and your family.

Structural damage to your home

Water that seeps into rafters and beams of your home can cause them to rot, leading to weakness and structural damage to your home. Have leaks addressed and fixed as soon as possible to reduce the potentially catastrophic effects on your home.

Ruined insulation

As water leaks into your attic and eaves, it will saturate insulation and cause it to lose its ability to regulate temperatures in your home. This leads to the development of mold and causes an increase in your energy bills. Replace insulation after getting leaks fixed to reduce energy costs and breathe easier again.

Electrical Issues

Anytime that water makes contact with electrical components, it’s a recipe for disaster. Leaks that come in contact with electrical wiring in your home can cause shorts, malfunctions, and even fires if not properly dealt with.

Pest Infestation

The presence of water in your attic and walls makes it an ideal breeding ground for pests and rodents looking for food and water. These pests can cause significant damage to your home and compromise your health as you breathe in bacteria that are present in their droppings. Seal up leaks and give them nothing to look for as they try to find a place to nest.

Len’s Roofing: Professionals You Can Trust!

With nearly four decades of service to our valued customers in the Bradenton area, Len’s Roofing is committed to high-quality service and customer satisfaction that keeps them coming back for more. Providing roof repair, installation, replacement, maintenance, and inspection of all roofs, we will give you practical advice and solutions that maintain your roof and add value to your home and property. Contact us today for a complimentary assessment of your home! Visit or call us at 941-896-7897 today.


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