Common Places for Roof Leaks

We’ve all seen those movie scenes where people have pots, pans, and buckets collecting water leaking from the ceiling. It may seem funny, but those are the dangerous consequences of leaking roofs. You should always take notice of leaks, but where do you look to find them? Start with these common places for roof leaks.


The valleys on your roof are the areas where two planes meet. When shingles are placed here, they need to be cut the right way in order for water to slide down them. If they’re not, water can glide along the shingles and into your home.

Fields of Shingles

The older your roof, the more likely your roof field is to suffer from leaks. If your asphalt shingles are torn or missing or your slate or tile shingles break, water can get inside those spaces and cause your roof to leak.

Wall Step Flashing

As shingles are placed up the vertical side of you roof, flashing is placed around the shingles. Part of the flashing goes up the vertical wall while part of it goes under the next row of shingles. If there is rust or any holes in the flashing, you could suffer from roof leaks.


These are some of the most common places for roof leaks. Chimneys include several different types of flashing, so if even just one is off, you can be the victim of a leak. Even the smallest cracks can allow a lot of water into your home, so you should get those fixed as soon as you notice them.

Damaged shingles and flashings can be the result of a dirty roof. With Roof Shield from Keystone Gutter Helmet, you can keep your roof spotlessly clean without the use of harsh chemicals. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 610-372-4383.