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The 5 Main Causes of Winter Roof Leaks

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It’s important to address roof leaks before they lead to extensive water damage, structural damage, or mold growth within your home. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to identify roof damage before it’s too late.

Understanding the most common causes of winter roof leaks can help you recognize early signs of a leak and prevent small problems from becoming expensive repairs. In some cases, watching out for these common causes can also help you prevent roof damage and leaks in the first place. Below, we’ll go over the most common causes of winter roof leaks and discuss how BRAX Roofing can help.

Damaged or Missing Shingles

As they age, shingles become more brittle and prone to damage. They may even detach and fall from your roof. It’s a good idea to regularly conduct a visual inspection of your roof from the ground. If you notice torn, broken, bent, or missing shingles, you need to schedule roof repairs to prevent further damage.

Improperly Sealed Roof Vents

You need roof vents to ensure heat and moisture escape your attic properly. In many homes, these vents aren’t installed or sealed properly — or they become damaged. If these vents aren’t fixed, it can lead to roof leaks.

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Clogged Gutters

Gutters are designed to channel water away from your home, but when they become clogged with leaves, sticks, pine needles, and debris, they can cause water to collect on your roof. This can cause weak spots and leaks. It’s best to clean your gutters twice a year to prevent them from getting clogged.

Storm Damage

Severe storms can wreak havoc on your roof. Wind, heavy rains, and falling tree limbs can remove shingles and create holes in your roof. Storm damage can lead to additional water or structural damage if it isn’t repaired quickly.

Cracked Flashing

Your roof’s flashing guides water away from critical parts of your roof. However, if it becomes damaged, it can create a weak spot that leads to a leak. Always check over your roof flashing to identify any damaged areas.

Signs of Roof Leaks

Keep an eye out for these common indicators that you have a roof leak:

  • Puddles in your attic
  • Water stains on ceilings
  • Dripping sounds in your home or attic
  • Moldy odors or visible mold growth
  • Missing or broken shingles
  • Damaged flashing

The sooner you identify and fix roof damage, the better chance you have of preventing leaks and additional problems.

Rely On BRAX Roofing for Roof Repairs in Washington, DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia

BRAX Roofing offers complete roof repair and replacement services throughout Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Our in-house product specialists, project managers, and installers have the experience and skills you need to ensure your home is adequately protected from the elements.

If you suspect a leak, we’ll thoroughly inspect your roof, identify damaged areas or weak spots, and complete the repairs quickly. We offer free estimates, senior and military discounts, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Need to schedule prompt roof repair services? Call BRAX Roofing at 301-469-4880 now to make an appointment.

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