One of the biggest concerns that homeowners have is that their roofs might develop a leak. There are certain areas of your home that might be vulnerable to leaks, but you can reduce the risk of a leak forming by using a leak barrier.
Leak Barriers Might Be a Requirement
A leak barrier is a device that is reinforced by fiberglass. Depending on the building codes, you might be required to have leak barriers for your home. Whether or not a leak barrier is required is based on the average temperatures of your geographic area. Leak barriers are especially important if you are using a low-sloping roof; with low-sloping roofs, the leak barrier is used to combat ice dams.
Areas That Need Leak Barriers
Leak barriers are needed in areas that might be subjected to water intrusion as a result of water backing up in gutters. Intense winds can drive rain into your roof and cause damage. Ice dams can form as a result of problems with your insulation. If the leak isn't corrected, not only might you need to eventually replace your roof, but your ceiling and walls can become stained as a result of the leaks.
Choosing the Best Leak Barrier
There are several types of leak barriers that you can choose from. Make sure to choose one that lays flat and does not wrinkle since this type of barrier will look the best. Those with a split-back peel will be the easiest to install.
A leak barrier works the best when it self-seals around nails and flashing. Otherwise, the leak barrier will not be as dependable and might develop a tear that will allow moisture to enter and create a leak. These types of seals also require the least amount of labor to install.
Saving Money with Leak Barriers
When you have a leak barrier put in place by a professional, you will have a lifetime warranty and can have the leak barrier replaced if it fails or if there were defects related to poor workmanship.
A leak barrier will typically save you money because of the reduced maintenance costs and the reduced damage that adverse weather conditions will do to your roof. This means that you won't have to replace your roof as quickly. A very severe winter storm can be a source of stress for homeowners, but a leak barrier can give you a peace of mind.
You can contact your local residential roofing company for more information.