Most Common Places a Roof Will Leak

Most Common Places a Roof Will Leak


The sound of water trickling down from the ceiling can be maddening for homeowners. Locating the source of a roof leak is crucial to prevent further damage. Let’s explore some common culprits and solutions.

Around the Chimney: Damaged Flashing

Roof leaks often occur around chimneys due to cracked or damaged flashing. Flashing, thin metal strips installed around the roof to provide a seal where sections meet, should be inspected annually. Proper installation involves placing flashing at 90-degree angles around the chimney, with one end beneath the shingles and the other secured to the chimney pillar. The top surface should be sealed with caulk. Regular professional inspections and maintenance can help identify and address issues.

Vent Pipes: Worn Flashing and Rubber Boots

Vent pipes, also known as plumbing vents, protrude from the roof to allow air to escape. They are typically sealed with flashing and rubber boots. Over time, the flashing may become worn and cracked, leading to roof leaks. Rubber boot failure can occur as early as seven years. Regular preventive maintenance and inspections can help detect and address issues with vent pipe flashing and rubber boots, preventing leaks.

Missing Shingles: Vulnerable Spots

One of the easiest ways to identify a roof leak is by checking for missing shingles. Shingles provide protection from weather elements, and storms can rip them off, exposing vulnerable areas that can lead to leaks. Hail or debris during storms can also penetrate the roof and cause damage. After a storm, it’s important to inspect the roof for any missing shingles and address repairs promptly.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which offers roof repair in Saint Petersburg FL. Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.

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