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Understanding the Destruction That Can Result from an Unaddressed Roof Leak

Last updated 6 years ago

A pinhole leak in your roof can be a very minor problem that grows into a major issue. Roof leaks are often hard to detect and locate, and can cause extensive damage over the time they go unnoticed. This is why it is so important to have your roof inspected on an annual basis by a professional roofing company. It's also a good idea to have a professional give your roofing system a thorough check after any severe storms. Minor storm damage can be invisible to the average eye; however, it can still cause significant damage to the roofing system over time:

• Moisture Damage
Moisture infiltration is the largest problem associated with a roof leak. Once water has penetrated your home, it can cause rotting in your wood and drywall, compromising the structural integrity of your home. Moisture also fosters the growth of mildew and mold. When within your walls, it can even damage electrical systems.

• Shortened Lifespan
Roof leaks can shorten the lifespan of your roof. Shingles around the area of a leak can become brittle or moist and eventually begin chipping away. If your shingles are compromised, the materials underneath, including your roof decking and underlayment, become exposed. A layer of felt under these layers can help prevent a leak from penetrating into your attic, but nail holes or damage caused by hail will penetrate even these areas. Roof leaks that originate around gaps or other spaces in your roofing structure, such as under flashing or around chimneys, can then access the inside walls of your home.

The best way to prevent a roof leak is through early detection. Fortress Roofing in Salt Lake City can provide your annual roofing inspection to catch leaks before they can damage your roof or home. Contact us at (801) 205-6100 for additional information today.

 

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