Top 5 Roof Problems That Can Cause Water Damages

February 13, 2022

Untreated Leaking Roofs

Rain storms can cause untold damage to homes, especially when they hit when homes are not properly prepared. Homeowners should prepare their homes before a storm season by repairing any leaks, removing debris and checking the roof for damages.

An untreated leaking roof will draw stormwater straight into the attic, causing untold water damage potential. Homeowners who have yet to repair leaks due to the ongoing storm can use tarpaulins and buckets to catch water underneath these leaky roofs to prevent water permeation.

Aging Roofing Materials

As roofing materials age, they lose their ability to repel water efficiently, making them more susceptible to leaks. Aged asphalt shingle roofs are prone to more leaks because of their structural weakness, such as the felt tears and compromised asphalt integrity. On the other hand, rusty metal roofs can suffer from holes with continues moisture exposure, requiring immediate patches to restore it as much as possible.

Homeowners find aged roofing materials an added expense and would rather preserve their aged roof rather than replace it. However, a one-time expense in tearing down and replacing their aged roof guarantees more than 20 years of peace of mind and security against stormwater damages.

High Internal Humidity

Dampness inside the house can cause mold and mildew growth, leading to rotting in your attic, felt underlayment, and the roof material itself. Reducing internal humidity by opening windows and doors and reducing sources of moisture greatly improves these conditions.

Still, mold and mildew can grow above your roof during the rainy season. You should call on your trusted local roofers to remove them immediately to prevent massive roofing damages and expose yourself to huge water damages during storms.

Damaged Roofing Underlayment

A damaged roofing underlayment is a primary cause of water damages for homes because it allows water to penetrate to the inside of the home and damage the structure of the building. A roofing underlayment is the layer of material that lies directly under the roofing. It provides a surface for the shingles to adhere to and prevents water and debris from getting underneath the roofing.

When it gets compromised, roofing underlayment exposes the interior ceiling and your attic to stormwater. In most cases, roofing underlayment water leaks are small droplets. If left unaddressed over time, it can become a torrent that will require emergency repairs.

Small Animal Roof Habitats

Rain gutters, roof vents, wood shingles, and stacks of roofing shingles are all considered to be small animal habitats. If there is a small animal present on your roof, it is best to remove them now before they multiply or damage the roof or gutters.

Small animals can cause the same roof damages as hailstones and other heavy materials that can land on your roof. Plus, they can multiply and grow the potential damages on your roof. If you have a family of small animals on your roof or attic, you can expect them to cause damages that can lead to leaks and eventual stormwater damages.

Paramount Roofing and Consulting specializes in providing homeowners a roofing insurance claim service and repair. If your roof suffered from damages, make sure you’re getting the exact amount your insurer promised you. Work with us today!