Most Common Causes of Roof Leaks

With Central Minnesota’s unpredictable weather patterns, a leaky roof can present more than just a minor inconvenience. Left alone, a roof leak can serve as the catalyst for expensive problems, including roof damage, mold infestations, and interior water damage—a major leak can even compromise the structural integrity of your home.  

Because roof leaks can cause all sorts of headaches, it’s best to prevent them before they cause problems. In Minnesota, the most common causes of roof leaks are age, roof damage, clogged gutters, and pests. Learning how to manage these hazards will not only reduce the chances of a roof leak but will also help you avoid expensive and inconvenient roof damage in the future.  


Just like flooring, doors, and windows, roofs don’t last forever. Asphalt shingles typically last 15-20 years, while metal roofs can go for 40-70 years. If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, keep a close eye out for signs of wear and tear. Once you start to notice cracks, dents, or other roof damage, you can either replace the roof entirely or hire a roof restoration company to keep your roof in service for as long as possible.  

Roof Damage 

Strong winds, hail, and time can rust metal roofs or damage shingles, creating gaps that rainwater can flow into easily. After a major storm, have your roof inspected by a certified storm damage expert and promptly schedule necessary roof repairs.  

Clogged Gutters 

Gutters that aren’t covered by a gutter guard can become clogged by leaves, sticks, and debris, preventing them from effectively draining your roof. Without proper drainage, water can build up and flow back under your shingles. Regularly clean your gutters to remove debris and keep your drainage line clear.  

Ice Damage 

Ice dams are a real problem for Minnesota roofs. These large chunks of ice form along the eaves, preventing meltwater from properly draining. Eventually, this water may freeze and expand, creating cracks in your roof. Make sure your home has adequate insulation to prevent the formation of ice dams and reduce the risk of leaks.  


Animals like birds and squirrels make their homes in the warmest, most secure spaces they can find—and that includes in your roof. Block all open entry points and use animal repellant to convince the local fauna to seek residence elsewhere.  

What to Do if You Suspect a Roof Leak 

If you notice water stains on your ceiling, bulging areas in your roof, or missing shingles, don’t panic! The sooner you address the problem, the less damage it’ll cause. First, take steps to minimize the impact of the leak on your property, then call a professional roof repair and restoration technician to implement a long-term solution.  

Contain the Damage 

Place buckets or pots under the leak to catch dripping water. Poke a small hole in the ceiling to funnel the water towards the bucket and minimize the spread of water through the drywall. If there are electronics near the leak, unplug them and, if possible, move them to a dry location.  

Call Royal Renovations 

At Royal Renovations, we have decades of experience locating, preventing, and repairing roof leaks. We won’t just seal your leak—we’ll also provide useful steps you can take to prevent leaks in the future.   

Partner with Royal Renovation for Roof Restoration and Repair 

We understand that dealing with roof repairs and restoration can be stressful. That’s why Royal Renovations is here to help. We’re a family-owned business with a reputation for fair prices, friendly service, and top-quality work. We’ll work with your insurance company and do everything we can to get your roof restored to tip-top shape quickly and efficiently.  

Call Royal Renovations today for a consultation.  

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