Water, though essential for life, can transform into one of your home's most formidable adversaries, orchestrating a silent yet relentless assault on both the internal sanctums and external façade of your abode. Even though roofs are meticulously crafted to withstand nature's forces, the cunning nature of moisture permits infiltration through even the sturdiest of materials. Yet, the silver lining amidst this moisture-laden cloud lies in swift detection and action – a vigilant guardian against impending disaster. By discerning the signs of water's insidious intrusion and promptly embarking on a journey of assessment and remedy, you unlock a realm of substantial savings, orchestrating a symphony of preventative measures that thwart the escalation of damages and exorbitant roof repair costs. So, when drops of rain metamorphose into potential trouble, your timely response becomes a shield against the financial and structural turmoil that might ensue.
Here are different ways water can penetrate your home through the roof.
Pooling Water in Low-Slope Roofs
Low-slope roofs are prone to pooling water, especially ones that are poorly maintained. Among the most common areas where water can settle are the valleys and the spot beyond the chimney. It’s a problem that building and homeowners usually overlook but it can be extremely damaging. Even if your roof is not flat, water can still pond on the surface. When water stays on the roof long enough, gravity will start pulling the water through the shingles.
Water Driven Under the Shingles
Your roofing contractor may have mentioned the term, “wind-driven” rain at least once or twice. It pertains to rain that blows up under the eaves. Since the wind pushes the rain, it doesn’t simply fall to the ground. Instead, it ends up under the eaves and past the drip edge flashing, which can harm your fascia and roof deck. There’s also a chance that water may get through the roof in between the shingles.
Water Seeping Around the Edges
Water can still penetrate through the edges of your roof even if the material is completely waterproof. Certain parts of the roof are vulnerable to water, such as the eaves at the lower edge of the system. Other areas that are prone to moisture infiltration include edges of skylights, dormers, chimneys, vents, solar panels and other penetrations.
For your roof replacement and repair needs, turn to Anderson Restoration LLC. Give us a call at (281) 376-7474 (Houston/Cypress), (817) 226-2111 (Grapevine) or (512) 400-3021 (Austin).