Why Is My Roof Leaking? A Guide to A Leaky Roof

Leaky roofs can be caused by many issues, from poor installation to damaged shingles. It’s important to find the root cause of your leak before you can start to repair it.

In this blog you’ll learn how to not end up like this:

 

Some leaks go completely unnoticed and cause significant damage without you even knowing about it. Once a year you’ll want to have a professional come and scope out the condition of your roof especially after a big storm.

If you’re wanting to learn how to prevent a leak to save you from future headaches, make notes of these following items:

Common roof leak issues:

  1. Poor Installation: If your roof wasn’t installed correctly, it may be prone to leaks. This could be caused by improper flashing, or a lack of sealant around the edges. It’s important to hire a professional roofer to make sure that your roof is installed correctly.
  2. Age: Over time, the elements can take a toll on your roof. If your roof is old, there’s a chance that it may be weaker in certain areas or that shingles may have cracked or become loose. This can cause water to seep into your home. If your roof has not been replaced in over 20 years, it’s time for a new one.

If you’re dealing with these two factors, you need to look into a full roof replacement. Not sure how much that costs? Get a free estimate here.

  1. Damaged Shingles: Strong storms, high winds, and hail can all cause damage to your shingles, leading to leaks. Living in Kansas we experience these conditions on the regular and it’s important to inspect your roof for any signs of damage. If you have storm damage learn more about what to do next.
  2. Clogged Gutters: If your gutters aren’t cleaned regularly, they can become clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris. This can cause water to back up and leak into your roof, leading to leaks.
  3. Poor Ventilation: Poor ventilation can also lead to roof leaks. If your roof isn’t properly ventilated, it can lead to a buildup of moisture, which can cause the roof to rot and eventually lead to leaks.

Once you know why your roof is leaking, you can take the necessary steps get it fixed and ensure that your home is safe and secure.

Where to find roofers in Kansas

All States Home Improvement is a top-rated and locally trusted roofing company in Wichita, Kansas. All States gets the job done right, the first time. To learn more about our windows, siding, and roofing, call us at (316) 444-1220. Fill out our convenient estimate form, or stop by our local showroom to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

 

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4 Attainable Home Improvement Goals for Your Roof for The New Year

Start 2023 off right by making your home a priority. Investing in your home and setting goals for your home life is a great way to boost your mood, energy, and create a sense of balance in everyday life. You spend so much time in your home you might as well make it a space that you love and feel warm and safe in.

Whether you set goals for your home, health, or career, make sure your goals are achievable and that you have a plan on how you’ll reach them. Spend the beginning of this year planning and checking off these roof home improvement goals you’ve maybe been procrastinating on.

Here’s our list of easy home improvement goals for your roof for the new year:

1. Check roof for any leaks or loose shingles

Your roof goes through a lot of wear and tear throughout the years so when you aren’t staying on top of the maintenance, leaks or damaged shingles are bound to occur. Take a walk around the outside of your house and see if you notice any buckled or curled shingles. Leaks will cause moisture running down the sides of your house or on your ceiling. If you have an attic, go up and investigate the area for any water damage.

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2. Assess roof after winter storm

A good rule of thumb to follow in 2023, especially during the winter season, is to assess your roof right after a big winter storm. Inclement weather can really take a toll on your roof, especially if it’s old or lower quality. Try to make it a habit when every time there is a storm, snow, rain, hail, to check for any damage to your roof. Look for granules in your gutter – this could be a sign of loose shingles or problem areas on your roof.

3. Get a roof inspection

When owning a home in Kansas you are no stranger to harsh weather that wreak havoc on your roof. But climbing up on your roof yourself can be extremely dangerous if you are not experienced. Go the extra mile on seeing how your roof is holding up by scheduling a professional roof inspection. During our free roof inspection, we will assess any damage by looking for cracks around the chimney, leaks under shingles, and other signs of troubling issues.

To the untrained eye your roof may look fine at first. But our team of skilled roofers will check your roof in detail and provide a full written report of our findings.

If you aren’t sure is your need a roof replacement read about the 4 why’s for a new roof.

4. Prepare for a roof replacement

Rather than waiting for major issues to arise, committing to this type of renovation will give you time to budget and plan for the project. Our consultants will walk you through the process and answer all your questions and determine the best course of action to fit your budget.

Consider All States Home Improvement as your local affordable roofer

We are one of the highest rated Wichita roofing companies with over 350 + Google reviews. We are experts in our field and have Factory Trained Roofing Inspectors that do a thorough and complete roof replacement job.

To learn more about our windowssidingbathroom and roofing services, call us at (316) 444-1220 in Wichita. View our special pricing and fill out the convenient request estimate form, or stop by our local showroom to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

 

 

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4 Why’s For A New Roof

Do I need a new roof? What are the benefits of a new roof? Should I replace it before selling my house? These are common questions our customers ask us when considering getting a new roof installed. We answer all those questions and more by explaining our top 4 reasons to upgrade your roof. Without stating the obvious that roofs help you stay warm from snow and dry from rain, the installation of a new roof has tons of other benefits as well.

1. A new roof will save you money

An old and leaky roof can be a real money eater. A new roof installation will ease your stress whenever a heavy rain or snowstorm comes through – saving you money on not needing constant repairs and maintenance. It makes your house more energy efficient, leading to significantly lower energy bills. It’s a one-time long-term investment that makes a big difference in your home lifespan and to your wallet.

2. You’ll have less upkeep

What if you have a leak on a holiday when services are closed? Or come home to a puddle on the floor after a long day of work? We now know a new roof can save you money, but it can also save you on the hassle of dealing with repairs. No more constant maintenance on a leaky attic or damaged shingles. With a skilled contractor that uses trusted material your roof is less exposed to water damage, cracks, mold, etc. If your roof has valleys for cracks, holes, or water damage – it may be time for a new one.

3. Increase your curb appeal

A home is a huge investment, and you want to show off your hard work. We know the saying that looks aren’t everything – but upgrades to your home, like a new roof, will increase the pride in your home.

Do you have black streaks running down your roof? This could mean you are losing granules off the shingles that over time can lead to leaking and major damage to your home. While the streaking may not necessarily be a sign there is major damage to the roof, it is unattractive and downgrades your home’s overall appearance. Your home can dramatically increase in value when you have a new and good quality roof installed. Become the best looking house on the block with a new roof.

If you’re looking for some additional options to improve your curb appeal, consider new siding, guttering, shingles, windows, doors, All States does them all.

4. Sell your home quicker

The home buying and selling process is always a stressful mess. A new roof can ease that process and your house will sell easier. Most buyers aren’t willing to take on a home in need of major repairs. You’ll get up to 60% return on investment when you have a new roof installed. Set your family up for a successful home-selling experience by investing in a new roof.

Choose All States Home Improvement for Your New Roof Installation in Wichita.

With All States a roof installation is an easy and seamless process. It takes 1-2 days and that’s it. Get it installed right and forget about it. All States has years of experience and a warranty that guarantees All States will do a good job in handling the installation of your homes new roof. When you use a skilled contractor, you only need to replace your roof every 30 years or more.

Kansas homeowners who contact All States Home Improvement have peace of mind knowing that our Factory Trained Roofing Inspectors will do a thorough and complete job, alleviating the stress associated with the roof replacement process.

Contact us today for a free roofing consultation.

 

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Do You Need a New Roof?

When hail and wind whip through the plains each year, the first thought on all homeowners’ minds is their roof. Will there be damage? How much will it cost? Ahh, the stress!

But what about the rest of the year when there haven’t been any apparent causes of roof damage? How do you know your roof needs to be replaced? Aside from calling us for a consultation, here’s what you can do to check for yourself.

Look in the attic. 

Go against your intuition here. You might think the first place to start is to head straight up to your roof to do an assessment. Instead, grab a flashlight and make your way to the attic. Look for signs of water damage, leaking, or beams of light coming through the roof.

Check your shingles.

Now it’s time to grab your ladder and get a close-up look at your roof. Shingles should lie flat, so damaged shingles may be a quick sign you need to replace your roof. Here are a few things to look for:

  • Missing granules
  • Curling
  • Cracking
  • Missing shingles
  • Hail damage

Depending on the severity and number of shingles damaged, you may or may not need to completely replace your roof. We can help you determine whether repairs or replacement are best for you.

Inspect your roof valleys.

A roof valley is anywhere two downward sloping planes of your roof meet. Because the slopes direct water to the valleys, they pose a significant area of concern for water damage. 

Examine the flashing.

Roof flashing is typically made of galvanized steel and is installed around chimneys, vents, and skylights to direct water away. Look for damage on your flashing like cracks or breaks. If the flashing is loose or rusted, it could signal leaking problems. Older roofs have flashing made from cement or tar. If this is the case for your home, you should consider updating your flashing to metal for a longer-lasting system.

Survey the gutters.

If your gutters are filled with granules from your shingles, your roof is worn out and ready for a makeover.

Assess the curb appeal.

If your roof has noticeable, unsightly moss, water damage, or sagging, it’s probably time to install a new roof. Do you have black streaks running down your roof? Those streaks are caused by algae, which will develop and worsen over time. While the streaking may not necessarily be a sign there is major damage to the roof, it is unattractive and downgrades your home’s overall appearance. To avoid streaking, you can install composition shingles on your new roof. Zinc or copper are mixed with the granules on the shingle’s surface to help prevent algae and fungus growth on the roof.

Find your paperwork.

When was your current roof installed? Most homes are equipped with composition shingles, which are meant to last approximately 20 years. If you can’t find the date of your roof’s install, take a look around your neighborhood. If the homes around you are getting roofing updates, it may be time for you to join.

Identify roof leaks.

A clear sign your home’s roof needs to be replaced is leaking. If you have wet spots on your ceiling, you likely have a leak in your roof. Water damage is not a problem you want to sit on. If you notice mold, water stains, a musty smell, or bulging walls, act swiftly and call us to schedule a consultation.

Unfortunately, leaks are not always apparent, so you may need to do a bit of investigative work. As stated before, look inside your home for leaks before heading up to your roof. Start in the attic or inspect your ceilings for any signs of water damage. If there are no apparent signs of leaks, it’s time to take a look at your roof. The most common place to find leaks on your roof is around the vents, so inspect these areas first and then move on to your flashing. Additionally, mold, mildew, and moss from excess moisture can cause irreversible damage to your roof, so contact us immediately if you find any present.

 

Next Steps

Still unsure if you need a new roof? Unable or uninterested in climbing on top of your house to check it out? Contact us today to schedule a no-obligation consultation. Then take a look at all of our roofing options.

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