The Most Common Causes of Roof Leaks in a California Home

By November 17, 2020Roof Repair
Causes of Roof Leaks in California home

No matter the size of your home, the last thing that you want, especially during the holidays, is a roof leak. Not only do you not want to have to deal with emptying and replacing drip buckets constantly, but having to worry about what the weather is going to do next should never be such a big cause of stress and concern.

Your roof is a vital part of your home’s structure, and it is there to protect the entire house. When it is doing its job, you will seldom have to think about it. However, when there’s even a small leak, it can cause you considerable stress and worry.

But what are the most common causes of home roof leaks in Southern California?

In this article, we’ll explore the answer to that question. Whether your roof is brand new or is twenty years old, the following still applies.

Your Roof Is Damaged By Excessive Wind 

The winds in Southern California can get quite fierce at times, and when they do, they could blow away tiles, shingles, and the water-protective underlayment. This can leave exposed areas.

If you have experienced heavy winds in your area, you should always inspect your roof at the next safest opportunity. There may be damage caused by the wind, which is not visible from the ground level.

Heavy Rain Has Damaged Your Roof 

Drainage from the upper-roof gutters down onto the lower roof could cause the lower section of your roof to become completely saturated. This, in turn, can cause leaks.

To ensure heavy rain clears from your roof, make sure that there is adequate drainage on your roof that leads to a clear downspout.

Check your drains seasonally to make sure that they are clear of all debris and that they are not likely to become waterlogged.

Your Flashing Is Broken 

Flashings are pieces of metal that are installed on your roof to direct water away from where the wall and a vertical area meet, creating a water-tight barrier. This is designed to stop the water from getting through and into your home.

In addition to flashing, over time, mastic and other sealants around pipes and vents can crack and deteriorate, exposing gaps where water can get inside your home.

Your Solar Panels Damage Your Roof 

If you have solar panels fitted to your roof, check to make sure that they have been installed correctly and that they have not penetrated your roof.

If there are holes in your roof from your solar panels, or from other roof fixtures such as TV antennas, or even Christmas decorations, then you should make sure that these are properly repaired and sealed accordingly.

A Lack Of Maintenance 

General wear and tear to your roof and exposure to sunlight can lead to it developing leaks. Your roof should be inspected and professionally maintained on a regular basis. You should have your roof inspected every two to five years, depending on its age.

Get in touch today to have your roof fully inspected and maintained. Greatway Roofing has over 20 years of experience as the leading Ventura CountySanta Clarita Valley, and the San Fernando Valley roofing contractor.  We offer free, comprehensive estimates, and our work is fully guaranteed. Talk to one of our friendly team members now at (805)-523-2550