Summer is here, and with it comes the rainy weather. This is the time of year that we see a major increase in roof repair calls in Tampa. While each roof is different, many leaks are caused by the same underlying issues. Here are a few of the most common causes of roof leaks:
- Age: Roofs have a functional lifespan of 20-30 years. As roofs age, the materials deteriorate. Over time, the materials become less effective at keeping water out of your home. With routine maintenance performed by licensed roofing contractors, your roof will withstand the elements longer and more effectively.
- Uncaulked Flashing: Flashing is the metal seal placed around the edges of chimneys, skylights, and other protrusions to keep water from seeping in between the roof and your home. The flashing is sealed with caulk that can crack when exposed to regular heat and direct sunlight. Even small cracks can trap water between the flashing and your roof, leading to possible damage. Regular inspection of your roof will help detect these cracks before they become a major issue.
- Clogged Gutters: Clogged gutters prevent water from running off your roof to a designated drainage area. When this happens, the water has time to soak through the roofing materials and into your home’s structure. Keeping your gutters clear will minimize the risk of leaks.
- Missing or Damaged Shingles: The rainy season often comes with severe winds and hail that can damage your shingles. When this happens, your home’s protection against leaks and water damage is weakened, making it easy for your roof to slowly absorb water. If you notice that your roof is missing shingles or that some have cracked due to hail or wind, call your residential roofing contractors.
At ConstructoMax, we are happy to help with your residential roof repair. If you’re ready to discuss your options, give us a call or contact us online. We’ll get your roof in shape for the summer.