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Virginia Beach Roofing: Article About Common Places A Roof Might Leak

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Leaks in the roof are not always easy to find. Where water drips from the ceiling is not always the spot where the roof needs to be fixed. Once water gets past the shingles, it can travel sideways before it finds another opening. In the meantime, that watery path exposes the roof deck and insulation to excess moisture. Dampness sets up a perfect environment for mold and rot. If left unfixed, quite a bit of damage can result.

Luckily, there are several common places that a Virginia Beach roofing expert can begin to look for leaks. Knowing these problematic areas can greatly reduce the time and effort it takes to find the leak. Since roofs often age in similar ways, a professional contractor trained to find and fix these leaks will take the necessary steps to uncover the problem and correct it in the most cost effective way.

A frequent trouble spot is the roof's flashing. Designed to protect the roof from rain and snow getting into the seams and joints, flashing, caulking and other sealants can crack or deteriorate with age.

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A reputable roofer will also look for pinholes in the flashing or where the wind might have caused it to lift up a bit. The flashing around the dormers or skylights and the cement around the chimney are also common places to check for cracks and signs of leaks.

Another typical place is the very edge of the roof. The type of metal flashing switches from a flexible variety to something sturdier along the roof's edge. During warm weather, metal flashing will contract and expand, which often causes it to crack. Nails can also work themselves loose over time. If the gutters have been clogged or they have been prone to ice dams over the winter, wet shingles at the roof's edge provides a way for rainwater to get up underneath the shingles. Once there, the water will cause the shingles to further deteriorate.

In addition to excess water on the roof, the shingles can wear, crack or begin to curl up due to weather or age. A strong windstorm can actually pry a shingle or two from the roof. Weather can also cause excess asphalt granule loss. Regular roofing inspections can help to catch some of these things before they turn into serious leaks, but since the weather is unpredictable, it is always best to have the roof checked after bad weather.

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