Absolutely no one likes a leaky roof. While you can temporarily solve the problem with a drip bucket, remember that settling for that bucket is admitting defeat. Keep in mind that a small drip is simply a symptom of a much larger issue with your roof. If you wait too long, a quick fix may eventually turn into a major remodel.

Fixing roofing issues requires an investment of both time and money. Hence, taking preventive measures is simply common sense. To help you develop your strategy, we’ve compiled this list of common reasons for most roof leaks.

Reason No. 1: Some of your shingles are broken.  If you suspect this to be the case, look around the yard for broken pieces or check your roof for missing shingles. It’s important to remember that all shingles are vulnerable to erosion, cracking, and other forms of damage. This problem is usually caused by bad weather, such as heavy rains and high winds. It doesn’t take much for a broken shingle to result in a leaky roof, so quick inspections are really a must, especially after a bad storm or similar event.

Reason No. 2: Your flashing is damaged. Flashing refers to the metal pieces that line the transitional points of your roof and provide it with reinforcement and water resistance. Because of the nature of the material, flashing is vulnerable to rust, corrosion, and bending. If the flashing is damaged, you will find a large crack or even multiple cracks upon inspection.

Reason No. 3: The skylights are leaking. Note that skylights are basically large holes in your roof, which are covered by glass and secured by other materials. If you find drips and wet spots under your skylight, then your skylight is either old or improperly installed. If the skylight is old, the problem could be the deterioration of materials securing its edges. On the other hand, if the skylight was improperly installed, wrong measuring and fitting is probably the cause.

Reason No. 4: Your chimney is cracked or corroded. Whether it‘s made of brick, stone, masonry or metal, the chimney is always subject to deterioration over time. It may be cracked, corroded or swelling, depending on the circumstances of each case. In some cases, you can try to fix the leak yourself by replacing the deteriorated material. However, it is highly recommended that you call a professional roofer to make sure that the issue is fixed properly and promptly.

Reason No. 5: People and improper use. While most roofs are designed to tolerate light foot traffic, do not venture out too often on your roof. If the areas you’re stepping on are not protected by walk pads, chances are you’re doing some damage for every step you take.  Moreover, it’s easy for an amateur to foul up in roof repair. Professionals, on the other hand, are not only trained to do the job, but also to do it quickly and do it well. Remember that skimping out on a few dollars for roof repair is simply not worth the risk of doing more damage to your roof.