Common Causes of Leaking Roofs and How to Fix Them – Part 2

In the first part of this two-part series, we have run through the most common causes of leaking roofs. In this article, we will run you through other potential causes of roof leaks you should look into before they lead to more damage.

Clogged Gutters

You might see the leaves protruding from the gutter when you look up onto your roof. If not, the lack of water dripping from a downspout during a rainfall should be noticeable.

Your gutters are designed to direct water away from your roof. That journey comes to a halt when there’s an obstruction blocking the passageway. Rainwater will collect in one part of the roof, giving it more chances to infiltrate through fractures.

There is no simple solution to this issue. Unless you employ a gutter cleaning service, you’ll have to climb a ladder and reach into the gutter with your hands. 

Many people advise draping a massive tarp over the area where you’ll be working. You may then quickly dispose of any debris you pick up afterwards by wrapping it up as you go. For maximum water flow, clean your gutters in the spring and fall.

Cracks in Your Chimney

The mortar used to construct your chimney is generally a thick combination of water, sand, and cement. It is quickly eroded under adverse weather conditions.

Typically, symptoms of wear and tear may be found around the mud cap, or mortared region, surrounding the top of the chimney. You should also inspect the mortared connections where the chimney meets the roof for any holes. Also, keep an eye out for any loose flashing or shingles.

Poorly Installed Skylights

Leaks from this type of issue should be straightforward to detect. You’ve discovered the source of damp patches and the necessity to install drip buckets around the edges of your skylights regularly. 

This sort of leak can be caused by one of two things: improperly measuring and fitting the skylights during installation or deteriorated insulation along the skylight margins.

Leaks and damp areas towards the top of the skylight might indicate a flashing issue. Remove any debris from the skylight and inspect the window for fractures. If necessary, seal any cracks with a layer of transparent silicone across the length of the crack.

Condensation in Your Attic

The attic is stuck between interior and outdoor temperatures since it is the topmost component of your home. When those two elements collide—picture scorching summers and frigid winters—condensation forms, and moisture follows. 

If there is evidence of mould or mildew in your attic, it’s most likely coming from there. A heavy, musty stench from the attic is another sign that water has entered.

Any mould growth should be treated right away. Then, to avoid significant temperature swings, make an effort to insulate your attic. Make sure all of the roof vents are free from the inside and, if necessary, install a powerful ventilation fan. To avoid a leak from condensation, pay careful attention to the venting from your attic.

Weight on Your Roof

A lot of roofing materials are delicate. You may unintentionally walk on a critical component or break a seal already in jeopardy. If at all possible, avoid stepping on your roof. Hire a professional roofer to complete your roof repairs because they are trained to avoid the most vulnerable places.


A leaking roof is a huge inconvenience. Most often, it means you need to spend considerable money on repair or replacement. Luckily, there are a lot of factors to take into account, which we have outlined in this two-part series. So, if a leak in your roof is long overdue for a fix, contact your local roofing company today.

Do you need to repair a leaking roof in Saskatoon? Wilderness Roofing can handle your roofing supply, installation, and repair needs. Get a quote today!

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