Common Places For Roofs To Leak

A roof that is failing can leak in many different locations, but there are some areas of the roof that are prone to fail or develop small leaks. A leaking roof can cause big problems if the leak persists and causes damage to the interior of your home. It’s important for the homeowner to pay close attention for signs of possible leaks such as moisture in the attic, stained ceilings or damp walls. If you see signs of leaks, call for help from a local Toms River residential roofing contractor for assessment and repairs.

Any place where two seams come together can be a potential trouble spot for leaks. The chimney of your home is a common area where leaks can be seen. If the chimney is made of brick, it may be difficult to see signs of a leak, but if you use a flashlight and check carefully around the edge of the decking inside the attic, you should be able to spot any potential signs of water or stains. Flashing can separate from brick, which can create an opening for water to seep through.

Attic ventilation units, sewer ventilation pipes and other protrusions from your roof are potential trouble spots for leaks as well. Any location where there is a hole cut in your roof to accommodate these items can provide an opportunity for water to enter your home.

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Carefully check the flashing, and look for leaks in these areas.

Your gutters can be another trouble spot for leaks to form. A clogged gutter can cause water to back up, soak the wooden roof components under the shingles and leak into your home. In climates with snow and ice, frozen gutters can create similar issues. Snow and ice dams can form along the cold edges of your roof and trap snow melt from the warmer portions of your roof, creating new potential for leaks. It’s very important to clean your gutters frequently and have adequate ventilation in your attic to prevent ice dams from forming.

With a complex roof system, there may be many low areas in the roof where the edges of two different roof slopes meet. This is called a valley, and it’s typically reinforced with flashing or additional layers of shingles. Despite the extra reinforcements, this can be a trouble spot where water can pool and cause a leak. Keeping valleys clear of debris and making sure the gutters are clean will help prevent leaks from forming. The roofing contractors at Fortified Roofing of Toms River NJ can answer your questions about new roofs or skylights.

Roofing term provided by Fortified Roofing, Toms River roofers:


The flat structural surface of the roof which is typically composed of wooden plywood. The decking is attached to the structural supports of the roof, such as the trusses. The decking provides a smooth, flat surface where the waterproof underlayment and shingles can be attached.

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What is the purpose of sewer ventilation pipes?

Sewer ventilation pipes are the top portion of the sewer stack in a building’s plumbing system. This common plumbing component allows the release of sewer gases, allows oxygen to enter the sewage system and prevents a vacuum from forming in the sewage pipes. These vents are a common component of a roof, and roofing must be adapted to accommodate them.

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