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8 Reasons Your Roof is Leaking

No one wants to deal with a leaky roof, but it's something that can't always be avoided for a variety of reasons. When your roof begins to leak, it's not an issue you should overlook as it could lead to an expensive and health-compromising problem. Let's look at some of the dangers that can occur because of a leak.

Risks of a Leaky Roof: 

  • Damage to Property. Depending on the type of roof and home you have, the leak could damage the contents of your attic or even drip directly into your home. This can end up damaging your floors or other portions of your home or business.
  • Mold. Mold forms when moisture is present. Even once the leak is noticed and fixed, it's important to make sure the space has been thoroughly dried out. If you leave the moisture to dry up over time, mold will likely grow, which can be detrimental to the health of your family or employees.
  • Fire Hazard. If you have a leak, be sure you're aware of what was damaged or affected by the water. You have a major fire hazard if water drips and comes in contact with wiring.
  • Slipping Hazard. If water leaks onto your floor and you don't realize it, you could have a serious issue. Businesses especially should be aware of such leaks and have them fixed immediately to eliminate client or employee injury.
  • Structural Damage. Structural fixes are one of the most expensive "home improvements" there are. Leaks can seep into the structure of your home and cause wood rot, cracks, and other costly problems.

Why Is My Roof Leaking?

Many things can cause a leaking roof. It's all about finding the source of the leak so you can make the proper repairs in the most budget-friendly way possible. There's no need to get a whole new roof if there's an isolated reason for the leak. Here are 8 possible reasons your roof is leaking. 

Cracked Roof Flashing

Flashing is a material placed on the joints of your roof to eliminate the passage of water. If it's cracked or improperly installed, it allows water to seep into your home or business. This is a difficult problem to diagnose, so if you suspect your leak is originating from the flashing, we recommend calling in a professional to evaluate. 


If you experience frequent leaks in a 20 to 30-year-old roof, it may be time to invest in having your roof replaced. Click here to learn more about our roof system installation. 

What to Do if Your Roof is Leaking

Many of these issues should be addressed with the help of a professional. At Trotter Roofing, we offer everything from roof installation and repair to gutter cleaning, pressure washing, and more! We want to help you keep yourself, your family, and your employees safe with a roof that protects, and doesn't harm your home. 

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