Water is one of your home’s worst enemies because it’s destructive for both indoor and outdoor components. While roofs are designed to resist water, moisture can still infiltrate through the material. When detected immediately, you can enjoy significant savings on roof repair costs.
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).