Heavy rainfall can easily wreak havoc on your roof. Even if it is in good condition, large amounts of rain can take its toll on the weakest parts of your roof. Unfortunately, this may lead to bothersome leaks. Luckily, you can be prepared for the rainy season by knowing which parts of your roof are most prone to leaking.
So which areas of your roof are more likely to leak? Here are three common areas:
Perhaps one of the most common area for a roof to leak is the skylight. Now you might think that this means your skylight is doomed, but this isn't always true. Oftentimes, a skylight will leak in heavy rain due to gaps in the caulking. Luckily, this can typically be fixed by reapplying the caulk. However, if the heavy rain lasts for a prolonged period of time, you may need to have the skylight (and your roof) examined by a professional to determine whether the rain caused any significant damage.
Another common cause of leaking during extreme rain is the chimney. Unfortunately, there are many reasons the chimney might be leaking during heavy rain. It could be due to the outer structure of the chimney retaining water. This can easily cause your roof to leak in heavy rains. The chimney may also be causing leaks due to caulking issues with the flashing, which is an important piece of metal that is incorporated into your chimney. Finally, leaks could be caused by issues with the shingles surrounding the chimney.
Some of these issues can be fixed easily and quickly, while others are more complex to fix. Regardless, if you suspect your chimney is the source of a leak you contact a professional roofer immediately.
Finally, your plumbing might be the cause of roof leaks during heavy rainfall. It might sound odd, but there are many plumbing features that lead to your roof. For example, exhaust fans often have pipes up to the roof. If any of the caps on these structures are missing, you will likely experience a roof leak. Luckily, this is usually an easy fix. In most cases, all you need to do is replace the missing cap to stop the leaking.
As you can see, there are many areas on your roof that are prone to leaking during heavy rainfalls. If you notice that your roof is leaking during a storm, use a bucket to contain the leak. When the rain stops, contact a professional roofer, such as A & A Roofing Company Inc, for an inspection.