Spotting a roof leak can sometimes be like finding a needle in a haystack. While the typical suspects include worn shingles or damaged flashing, leaks can originate from less obvious places. Here are seven unexpected areas you should check for roof leaks.
Your gutters are designed to channel water away from your roof, but if they’re clogged or damaged, they can cause water to back up under your shingles and cause leaks. Ensure your gutters are free of leaves, branches, and other debris.
- Roof Vents:
While roof vents are essential for proper attic ventilation, they can also be a source of leaks if they are cracked or poorly sealed. Check the gaskets around roof vent pipes for cracks or gaps.
Though they can brighten up a room, skylights are common leak culprits. If your skylight isn’t properly sealed or the flashing around it is damaged, it could be allowing water to seep in.
The flashing around your chimney can become damaged over time, leading to leaks. If you notice water staining on the ceiling or walls around your chimney, this could be the culprit.
The valleys, or the points where two sections of roof meet at an angle, are particularly vulnerable to leaks. Water running down these areas can get under the shingles if the valley isn’t properly sealed.
- Roof Hatches:
Roof hatches or access doors are another potential source of leaks, especially if the seals around them have degraded over time. Make sure these areas are properly sealed and insulated.
- Antennae and Satellite Dishes:
These installations can also lead to leaks if not properly installed and sealed. Make sure the sealant around the base is intact and the hardware is securely attached to the roof.
Keeping your roof leak-free involves regular inspection of these less obvious places. Remember, it’s always safer and more effective to hire professionals like Kiwi Roof Masters to carry out roof repairs and inspections. Reach out to us today to schedule your roof check in New Zealand.