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Killeen Roofing: Article About Causes Of Roof Leaks

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Roof leaks can cause serious damage to a home. Leaks can cause severe structural damage to the interior of a house and allow the growth of mold and mildew. The best way to keep the house and family healthy is by employing preventive measures. Identifying problems that can cause leaks will allow a homeowner to stop them from happening in the first place. If there is a leak, contact a Killeen roofing contractor to have the problem fixed.

Weather is a primary cause of roof damage. High winds and strong can result in broken shingles. The gap caused by a cracked or missing shingle is enough to let water slip through. Luckily, broken shingles are easy to identify. One can usually scan the surface of the roof from ground level for missing or broken shingles. If the damage is severe, there might even be missing shingles in the yard. After a heavy storm, always examine the roof for signs of damage.

In colder areas, snowfall can lead to issues with the structural integrity of a roof. Heavy snowfall can create a problem known as an ice dam.

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Ice dams are ridges of ice that form along the edge of the roof, trapping in the melting snow and preventing it from sluicing off the side. The weight of the ice and slurry can put undue weight on the roof, jeopardizing its structural integrity, and the sitting water can slip through the surface of the roof and cause severe leaks. If snow is a continuing concern, the best solution might be investing in a roof rake, a long rake that can scrape ice from the roof while the homeowner stands on the ground.

In addition to weather, a lack of maintenance can cause serious problems from the structural integrity of a roof. Gutters serve an important role in the health of a house. They siphon water away from the roof and prevent it from pooling. Clogged gutters can cause water to pool on the rooftop. As with ice dams, this sitting water puts unnecessary weight on the roof and provides more openings for water to slip through. Proper upkeep is essential. Check the gutter drains before and after rainfall to make sure the water is flowing properly. Periodically clean the gutters to remove leaves and detritus.

Being aware of the roof and examining it for damage will go a long way towards preventing costly repairs and structural damage. A small amount of preparation now can prevent a lot of hassle in the future.

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