Three Roof Mistakes That Lead To Leaks

21 March 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


No one wants to go through the work, expense, or mess of a leaking roof, but you may be unknowingly increasing your chances of experiencing such a leak. The following are some mistakes to avoid if you also want to avoid an unnecessary leak.

#1: Ignoring the moss growing on the shingles

Moss on its own is harmless to a roof, as it only grows on the surface of the shingles. The problem is that it holds moisture, which means having a mossy roof increases the chances of moisture pooling on the roof. In some instances moss also grows right at the lip of a shingle, which can push it up so that water flows beneath it. The north side is usually the most prone to moss growth since moss thrives in damp shade. You can have a zinc strip installed underneath the shingles near your roof's peak. The zinc will leach down the roof and prevent moss from growing. There are also cleaning solutions available that kill and remove moss.

#2: Walking on the roof

Roofs aren't meant to be walked on. If you have a shingle roof, walking knocks off the asphalt gravel and compresses the shingles, making them more prone to leaks. Clay tile roofs can become broken if you walk on them, and nails can pop from the weight distribution on a metal roof. Flat roofs in particular are prone to damage from foot traffic, which is why most have clearly marked reinforced pathways to rooftop appliances, like the HVAC system. As a general rule, stay off your roof. Hang decorations from the eaves, not the center of the roof, and call in a roofer if you ever need to venture farther than the edges.

#3: Ignoring your gutters

Believe it or not, your gutters are vital to your roof's durability. Poorly working or clogged gutters cause rain water or snow melt to backflush upward, which allows water to get under shingles and cause a leak. In cold weather, this leads to ice dams underneath shingles, which slowly melts and results in a slow leak that is hard to repair in the cold weather. The solution is keeping your gutters and downspouts clear of leaves and debris. Also, make sure they line up properly beneath the eaves; otherwise, the water will run behind the gutters and damage the soffits and fascia boards of your roof structure.

For more help, contact a roofing company such as East Texas Roof Works & Sheet Metal LLC.