Two Locations Where Roof Leaks May Be Found

If you notice a wet spot on your ceiling, then this is a sign that you have a leak in your roof. Other telltale signs include an increase in the humidity in your attic and suddenly feeling a draft in the area. It is wise to climb onto your roof and to look for the leak itself.

Unfortunately, you may be stumped when you realize that there are no obvious signs of a shingle issue. In this case, the leak is likely coming from somewhere else. Keep reading to learn about a few different areas that may be leaking and also how to fix them.

Ridge Cap Problems

If you notice a leak that is high on the roof or close to the peak where the two sides of the roof meet, then you may have a leak in the ridge cap. The ridge cap is the long roof covering that sits over the top of the roof ridge. It is extremely important when it comes to protecting your roof from potential leak issues, but the ridge cap takes a beating when it comes to weather damage and general wear and tear.

If you think that the ridge part of the roof may be causing an issue, then inspect it closely. Bending of the cap around the edges as well as cracking or tearing are signs that a leak is likely an issue. 

If you see damage, then it is best to replace the cap. There are several different options to choose from. Aluminum, steel, slate, and wood caps are all available. Some specialized asphalt shingle caps are also available. However, the asphalt will not offer as much protection as other options. 

When replacing the cap, just make sure that you do not create a cap from pieces of common asphalt shingles. This is a traditional way to cover the peak or ridge of the roof. However, this creates many seams over the ridge that are difficult to keep protected from weather damage.

Vent Pipe Boots

Your roof will likely have several different protrusions that sit up through the roof. These protrusions include pipe vents, skylights, chimneys, and roof vents. While flashing is often used around square protrusions like chimneys, pipes and other rounded protrusions are fitted with different types of leak protection devices. Specifically, boots are used around them. Boots are round rubber collars that sit around the protrusions and create an angled fitting that allows rain to run away from the pipe vent or other roof protrusion. 

Sometimes the rubber will crack or break around the edge of the boot and allow water to seep down to the asphalt roof. The trapped water will slowly work its way under the shingles and create a leak. 

Investigate the boots on your roof and replace them if they appear damaged. You can purchase regular rubber boots or you can opt for aluminum varieties to replace the damaged ones on your roof. 

For more information, contact local professionals like Vertex Roofing.

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