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Madison Roofing: Article About Places To Check For Roof Leaks

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It is common for some components of a roofing system to experience leaking long before the roof exceeds its lifespan. Several factors can lead to roof leaks, including the presence of cracks and blisters on roofs, weak vapor retarder sheeting or missing shakes and shingles. Roof leaks introduce water into the home's infrastructure, which is a primary cause of damage to the home. The most difficult aspect of the repair process is locating the leak.

This article will highlight and discuss the three most common places Madison roofing contractors check for leaks whenever such a problem arises. Leaks are common on or near roof edges due to the junction between inflexible sheet metal flashings and the flexible membrane flashing. If the technician does not inspect the sealants to ensure that the sheet-metal laps shed water, the roof might start leaking.

Roof perimeters, and especially the locations of expansion joints, are common areas of roof leaks. If the expansion joints were not correctly installed, they might contract or expand due to weather conditions and leave gaps through which water can get through.

The sealants and flashing that are located around roof membrane penetrations are notorious areas for roof leaks. Any point where a roof drain penetrates the roof membrane becomes a potential spot for a leak.

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This occurs when rainwater flows over the seals and gets to the drain. The problem multiplies if the drain is not big enough to channel the water away because the water accumulates and will likely seep through the penetration.

Prefabricated boots, or factory-assembled boots, can be sources of leakage if the assembling was not properly done. Due to the fact that the boots are manufactured in wholesale, the field membrane and the boot might not be adequately sealed. In such an occurrence, a leakage is likely.

At times, people mistake condensation for leaking roofs. This mostly occurs in January when the temperatures are below the freezing point. It happens that the warm air on the inside, which is usually moist, meets the cold roof. When the air cools down, the vapor condenses into water droplets that, after some accumulation, drop down. As such, it is necessary to check the ventilation, insulation or the air barriers that might be missing and causing the problem.

It is always advisable for homeowners to inspect their roofs during the dry season and seal any leaks they find. Trying to seal the leaks during the rainy season may be hard and ineffective.

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