Signs of Leaky Roofs

Many different things can be the cause of a leaky roof.

Your Vancouver home may be the largest asset that you own so make sure that you take care of it with a sound roof over your head. By hiring 604 FIX ROOF to eliminate danger signs when you first spot them you will be safeguarding your biggest investment, protecting your family and increasing the value of your property.

Inside your Home:

  • Look around for water spots or stains on ceilings. Moisture from a leaky roof will often travel from the corner of a vent before dripping across a long span of a ceiling and becoming noticeable
  • Carefully inspect for wet spots everywhere near a skylight, fireplace, chimney, and all roof vents. The attic is a prime suspect when searching for the origin of a leaky roof. If there is any damp or wet insulation in a particular area of the attic, a leaky roof’s source is likely near

Outside your Home:

  • Sometimes a roof leak is the result of a worn old roof that has exceeded its serviceable life.   It has simply deteriorated and is no longer an adequate water barrier
  • At other times, the leaky roof is a result of an act of nature, such as a falling tree limb or strong winds
  • Some of the common places to begin inspecting are in the shingles, at valleys or low laying spots on a roof, around skylights, near chimneys, by plumbing vents and jacks, roof flashing, ice dams, and in the roof’s eaves
  • Carefully inspect the roof itself, looking for torn or missing shingles. Damaged flashing is a sure clue towards finding a leaky roof’s source. Examine all of your gutters and downspouts to determine if water pooling as opposed to flowing freely, which could also cause a leaky roof
  • There are times, especially when there is a roof leak not related to the vents or flashing, that the leak is the result of a poor architectural design

FINDING THE SOURCE - The most important aspect

  • A problem with a vent or flashing is the most common areas of roof leaks.  Two different materials merging: the roofing material and a metal flashing or vent.   Both materials have the same goal of keeping your roof waterproof; however, they don’t automatically blend together and need other methods to prevent roofs from leaking
  • A leaking joint at a chimney, flue or flashing. Every point on your roof where the membrane of the roofing product is breached, such as a flue or chimney stack, is a point of weakness to the roof’s integrity. It is critical that the flashing or other sealant at the base of the flue is correctly installed and in place. 604 FIX ROOF team will inspect the flashing on your roof to ensure that the integrity of the membrane is not compromised
  • Condensation can be caused by lack of ventilation or an incorrectly installed barrier membranes. The buildup of moisture inside your roof cavity can cause rot and result in structural problems. This will dramatically shorten the lifespan of your roof, and can cause significant damage in your home
  • Slipped/Missing roof tiles High winds can cause uplift in roofing tiles and membranes, which can cause a void or lack of continuity in your roof will result in water penetration or flooding.  This water will cause rotting in wooden structures, and cause significant damage to your home
  • Overflowing gutters Fall is the time of year when falling leaves can clog gutters and cause flooding on your roof. Water overflowing from gutters falls over both the front and back of the gutter, seeping underneath roof tiles and penetrating your vapour barrier