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Virginia Beach Roofing: Article About Identifying Roof Areas Prone To Leaks

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When it comes to a leaky roof, homeowners should know what to expect in order to mitigate the water damage that is likely to result. By knowing where leaks are most likely to develop, homeowners can take proactive steps to prevent, or at least minimize, the need for extensive repairs and upgrades in the future. Homeowners can start this process by scheduling an initial inspection with a Virginia Beach roofing professional and follow up with periodic inspections thereafter.

Most roof leaks occur around any part of the roof that has been penetrated to allow space for a vent, chimney or skylight. If the flashing around such areas of a roof is improperly installed or becomes worn, leaks are likely to develop over time. Laps, seams and sealants should be inspected on a regular basis to identify possible weak points at a time when any damage is likely to be minimal. Boots, as well as coverings for vent pipes, can also help prevent leaks as long as the coverings are properly sealed and attached.

Gutters can be a source of leaks, especially when such structures aren't well maintained. For instance, gutters loosely attached to a home can create an opening for water to impact the side of the house, which can weaken siding and cause a potential leak along exterior walls.

Leaks can also occur around roof perimeters, since this part of the roof is most affected by wind.

A roofing expert from Jayhawk Exteriors of Virginia Beach VA would be happy to answer any question you have about roofing, windows or skylights.

Water problems can occur near areas of the roof along the perimeter that are designed to naturally expand and contract to prevent cracks. If the perimeter of a roof is damaged, however, water can get underneath the shingles and into the underlying roof structure, typically resulting in leaks likely to show up along walls or on ceilings adjacent to the roof.

When homeowners are moving into an older home, it's a good idea to have the insulation between the roof and the home checked for signs of roof condensation, which typically occurs during the transition between seasons when temperatures tend to fluctuate, especially from overnight into the next morning. A missing or inadequate air barrier can also increase the odds the condensation that will occur during sudden temperature changes. Correcting ventilation issues also helps prevent leaks due to condensation.

Insect or animal damage along to the fascia board may also result in a leak. The same is true of severe storms and other sources of added stress on a roof like heavy branches. Understanding all of the potential sources of leaks can help a homeowner extend the life of their roof by identifying early signs of possible leak sources at a time when a roofing professional can easily correct the problem.

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