The structure of a home is the most important component of the build. This includes the foundation and all the supporting beams and walls that hold the house up and keep residents safe. Second in line is the roof. In fact, without a sound roof, moisture gets into the home and can cause irreparable damage to the structural integrity.

Because of this, if you have a leak, it’s important to find out where it’s coming from. Knowing the most likely sources can help make this easier.


Glass additions to the roof to let in natural light are becoming increasingly common. The popularity of skylights in the master loft of tiny houses helped to spur this along. A stronger focus on sustainable living also fueled this. Unfortunately, they are prone to leaking. This may happen if the original installation was not completed properly.


If you don’t have skylights, consider the flashing. In fact, this is one of the first places you should look. Leaking here also stems from instances where contractors do a subpar job during installation. Improper sealing also poses a problem. Materials may also deteriorate over time.

Roofing Material

Strong winds, heavier than normal snow loads, and other weather conditions can damage roof material. This can lead to missing shingles, pulled out nails, and other problems that result in leaks. Giveaways that this is the issue include cracks, buckling, corrosion, and excessive granulation.

Roof Valleys

When two sloping areas of a roof come together, it forms a valley. These areas fill with water and snow during rainy and cold seasons. In the fall and summer, they may also get filled with debris. Without proper drainage, this can accumulate and lead to leaks over time.

Call the Professionals

Sometimes identifying the source of a leak in your home requires professional expertise. Contact Badger Contracting by calling 410-417-6972 or sending us an email to see how we can help you to find the leak and fix your roof.