Roof Water Damage: Prevention, Causes, and Solutions


Water seeping into the roof can be cause for undue worry because when water weakens roof at the sides, it heads for a roof rout inflicting a cave-in. To preempt such a hazardous cave-in, you should lay down some preemptive steps such as using a bucket to collect the water falling or a towel to absorb the catchment in your roofing particulars.

Calling a roofing professional to gauge severity of leak on a need-to-know basis is the need of the hour. The roofing expert conducts initial investigations that tell him all he needs to know regarding the roof-rot debacle. But you have to be sure that he has addressed the root cause of the water seepage.

Once the damage has been thoroughly ascertained, it becomes crucial to take up the repair work on a war footing before the next torrential rains devastate the house. Again be sure that the roof complaints are addressed eventually with source of water rot being shunted properly and decisively. The damages to the roof include damaged shingles, valleys and flashing failure.

  • Valley damage:

    Valley is the portion that faces two roofs meeting and water is channeled into it. California style valleys pose a problem with shingles turning inside-out rather than facing in the shingles. If the roofing contractor fixes a close-cut or open-valley style, future valley problems can be avoided.

  • Flashing Failure:

    Flashing is a thin galvanized steel that meets the vertical wall at the intersection between first and second landings. Flashing can at times be very secure causing it to expand in extreme temperature conditions, causing the flashing to break and allowing water inside.

  • Roof feature:

    A roof feature is the part of the roof decking. This includes skylights, vents and chimneys that travel sideways across the length of the roof, partly responsible for distributing light from one side to another. This roof feature has the biggest inlet to the house below and so the roof needs to be taken care of at this inlet point where water finds suitable access to the house below.

  • Damaged Shingles:

    Damaged Shingles give way to water that enters the shingles creating a puddle of water which probably is the result of being installed incorrectly, or just that the shingles have been on the roof too long so the repair or replacement is necessary. Damaged shingles such as ripped, curled or thin shingles can give into replacement of roofs wherein lies the answer to the problem.

After having given you a fright with messy water entering the premises of your house, it has raised the question as to what should be done in order to prevent this from happening again. This is the time to liaison with your roofing contractor and fix an Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) with him that assures him that he will be the first who is called when such a situation arises or to prevent this kind of entirely unwarranted situation from arising again.