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  • Writer's pictureJason Smith

What Causes a Roof Leak?

Ah, roof leaks. The bane of every homeowner's existence. If you're reading this, chances are you've had the joy of experiencing one (or several) of these pesky little problems. But have you ever stopped to wonder where they come from? No, it's not aliens. (At least, we don't think it is.) In this blog post, we'll explore the most common causes of roof leaks and see if we can't have a little laugh while we're at it.

First up, missing or damaged shingles. Ah, yes. The old "I'm just going to ignore that missing shingle because it's not that big of a deal" routine. Spoiler alert: it is a big deal. When shingles go missing or become damaged, it's like leaving the front door of your house wide open during a rainstorm. Water is going to come pouring in and it's not going to be pretty.

Next, we have flashing. No, not the kind you do when you're trying to get the attention of that cute person across the room. We're talking about the thin strips of metal or other material used to seal the joints between different parts of your roof. If the flashing isn't properly installed or is damaged, it's like having a giant "LEAK HERE" sign on your roof. Not exactly subtle.

And let's not forget about clogged gutters. They're like the plumbing of your roof. If they're clogged with debris (looking at you, leaves and twigs), water can't flow freely through them and will instead overflow, leading to leaks. It's like trying to shower with a drain that's plugged with hair. Gross, right?

So what can you do to prevent these pesky leaks from happening? Regular roof inspections are a good place to start. It's like going to the dentist - it's not exactly fun, but it's better to catch problems early on before they become major issues. Keep those gutters clean and make sure your flashing is properly installed and sealed. Trust us, it's not worth the headache of a leaky roof.

In conclusion, roof leaks are no joke. But by taking a few simple preventive measures, you can avoid the frustration and potential damage that they can cause. And hey, if all else fails, you can always blame it on the aliens.

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