4 Top Causes of Roof Leaks You Should Know About

Published: October 27, 2023 by Steven Griffin

No matter what kind of roof you have, leaks are possible. A single roof leak on its own may not be a big deal, but it can quickly lead to extensive damage and costly repairs. 

With that in mind, the team at Sugar Land Roofing is here to talk about the four top causes of roof leaks and what to do about them. We will also provide a few tips on minimizing the risk of roof leaks. 

Contact Sugar Land Roofing today for reliable roofing services in Missouri City, TX!

1. Broken/Missing Shingles

Under normal conditions, roofing shingles link together to form a water-resistant barrier. Heavy wind and excessive rainfall can crack shingles or tear out roofing nails, causing them to fall off. Water then makes its way through the protective layer into your roof. 

Missing shingles are easy to spot, and you can often identify them without going out on your roof. Look for gaps in your roof, which should be fairly obvious.

2. Cracked Flashing

Flashing on your roof forms part of the water-resistant barrier and sits under the main shingle layer and roof’s corners. Steel flashing can corrode over time due to moisture and UV exposure from the sun. Wind and rainfall can exacerbate flashing cracks. 

Cracked flashing will need replacing, which may also involve replacing the top layer of shingles in the affected area. Your roofing contractor can apply a water-resistant sealing after repairs. 

3. Attic Condensation

Attic condensation is also one of the most common causes of roof leaks. As temperatures drop, warm air moves into your cold attic and condenses into a liquid. Excessive attic condensation can lead to mold and algae growth, so you’ll need to install roof vents and replace insulation. 

4. Clogged Gutters

Last but not least, clogged gutters can lead to water damage by impeding drainage. Excessive water from clogged gutters can cause severe structural damage to your roof and walls, so it’s essential to keep the gutters clear of plant matter and debris during the spring and summer. 

How to Prevent Roof Leaks

Below are some simple tips to help you prevent roof leaks:

  • Have a professional inspect your roof at least once a year to identify cracks and other issues. 
  • Clean your gutters regularly, especially if your property has dense foliage. 
  • Install proper ventilation in your attic to allow moisture to escape.
  • You can install waterproof barriers on your chimneys, eaves, vents, and other roofing fixtures if necessary.  
  • Keep trees and shrubs away from your roofline so their leaves do not clog gutters. 

Contact a Local Roofing Expert Today!

Your roof requires expert care to maintain optimal condition. Sugar Land Roofing has helped countless homeowners inspect and repair damaged roofs. Check out our blog to learn the benefits of having your roof inspected by professionals.  

If you have any questions about the causes of roof leaks or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us online or call today at (832) 944-7663!

About Steven Griffin

Steven Griffin has been in the roofing industry for over 30 years. He has worked with a host of roofing companies throughout Florida and Texas. He started Sugar Land Roofing with a vision of bringing quality roofing services at an affordable price to those living in the Greater Houston, Texas area.