Roof leaks are one of the most common repair issues home and business owners face, and fixing them promptly prevents damage to your property. You may notice water rings on your ceiling, or water stains that extend across your ceiling, or down walls. One of the hardest parts is tracking down where the leak is located. Once you find it, you may be able to repair it yourself. If the leak has been ongoing, or caused extensive damage, it's best to contact a professional, such as Acoma Roofing, Inc., to have it repaired. 

Cracked Flashing

Flashing are very slim metal pieces located under the shingles. and when they crack water can leak in. The flashing help create a water-resistant seal and they do a good job of preventing water from getting through. They typically have a rubber coating on top, which provides added water resistance. Over time, the tar that seals the flashing can wear down, leaving the flashing exposed to climate elements that can damage the flashing. If the flashing is cracked, remove the nails and lift the shingles so that you can remove the cracked flashing. Replace it with a new one and purchase a roof sealant from your local home supply store and apply a coat of the sealant.

Broken Shingles

Shingles are flat, rectangular-shaped pieces at the bottom of your roof. They're typically made of wood, slate, or flagstone. Broken shingles are easy to spot, so take a look around your roof and determine whether any of your shingles are broken, or missing. Weather elements such as heavy wind, or rain can damage shingles and allow water to seep into your roof. If you find a damaged shingle you can fix it by using a pry bar to remove it and replace it with a new one. Shingles are inexpensive and found at your local home supply store. 

Cracked Vent Booting

The small pipe protruding from the top of your roof is a vent. Roof vents allow inside moisture to escape to provide ventilation. Leaks from the booting are common and occur when the materials that seal the vent wear away, or become damaged. If the rubber vent booting is damaged you'll need to replace it with a new one. Vent boots are very affordable. You can usually purchase one for under $20 at your local home improvement store. You can use a pry bar to remove the damaged booting, then slide the new one on and secure it using roofing nails.