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How To Prevent Roof Leaks

by Dawn Henry

Your roof is an important barrier between your home and the elements. Leaks in your roof allow water to get in which can cause mold and mildew. Roofing leaks also mean bigger heating and cooling bills since air can get out. Here are tips and tricks on preventing roof leaks:

Seal any crevices around roof fixtures

Chimneys and vents all have spaces that must be sealed to prevent water and air from penetrating your roof. Seal any and all crevices between the chimney, vents, and lights on your roof with caulk. If there are cracks along the shingles, a roofing contractor will need to repair the roof and reseal the area around the fixture.

Inspect dormers

Dormers must be inspected annually for cracks, siding damage, or gaps near the windows. Any cracks or gaps near corners or windows can easily be repaired with caulk. If the caulk present is intact but old, replace it with new caulk made from water resistant materials like latex.

Install seamless gutters

Seamless gutters are a great choice if it's time to replace your old gutters. Seamless gutters look great, blend seamlessly with the roofing, and prevent leaks. Traditional gutters are made from pieces that are caulked together. With time, the caulk wears down due to rain, leaves, and wind, which causes leaks. However, seamless gutters are made from one piece so it will last longer and won't leak.

Keep roof clear

Keep your roof clear from debris. Excess weight from leaves, twigs, or snow in the winter can crack tile and create holes. In the spring, summer, and fall, sweep twigs and leaves off your roof. Use extra care with your roof brush and sweep in the direction your roof slopes. In the winter, use your roof brush to remove as much snow as possible.

Straighten curled shingles

Curled shingles let moisture from rain and snow into the bottom layer of your roof. Over time, this moisture softens the roofing material and creates a leak in your attic. If you notice curled shingles, you can straighten them back out. Wait until a hot day when the shingles are soft and press the edges back against the roof. Apply roof cement to seal the shingle in place.

Remove moss

While moss may not seem like a big deal, and may even look charming, it can damage roofing. The moss can grow underneath shingles and caulk and weaken them, leading to leaks. To get rid of moss, spray your roof with a one to one mixture of water and bleach. To prevent moss, install strips of zinc or copper underneath the highest point of your roof.

These are ways you can prevent roof leaks so that your roof will look great and last for years to come.