Where Do Roof Leaks Come From?

Picture this –

Your alarm clock goes off. You stumble to the bathroom, turn on the shower and walk over to grab your towel. As you look up you see a murky brown stain on the ceiling.

Before you went to bed storms had rolled in and it rained all night. Now you notice a new spot on the ceiling you have never seen before.

What happened?

Well chances are, your roof system has some sort of leak and surprisingly enough it has probably been an ongoing process. The intense storm just revealed what had been forming for some time.

The sun in NOVA is strong.

A few years ago a buddy of mine called and said he noticed a stain in his bathroom ceiling. The first thing I said was it is probably a pipe collar.

In Northern Virginia, there is obviously cold winters and hot summers. The changes in weather, coupled with sun and humidity can cause roof components like pipe collars to age quickly.

An old, worn down, aging pipe collar can crack, allowing moisture to penetrate your roof.

Typically, when there is a roof leak, the cause is often the pipe collar or the vent stacks – the pipes that vent from different areas of your home. Fixing a pipe collar is an easy repair for your homes roof.

But that isn’t the only way a roof can leak….

The Roof System

A roof system as a whole as many working components. The goal for your roof system is to seal your home off while defending it from the elements while allowing for ventilation.

Top Dog Home Pro follows Virginia code requirements when it comes to installing a new roof. Leaks can come from many things in addition to pipe collars including:

  • -Flashing (Material used to cover joints)
  • -Lack of Ice & Water Shield
  • -Improper Nail Patterns
  • -Lack of Drip Edge
  • -Missing Shingles
  • Lack of roof cleaning
  • -Debris in Roof Valleys
  • -Aluminum Ridge Vents (Top Dog Home Pro does not use or ever recommend these)

As you can see from the list above, a leak can come from many areas. While a properly installed roof shouldn’t have any leaks, awareness is key.


Would you like to learn how Top Dog Home Pro separates itself from the rest?Learn about our trusted roofing process here.

A newly installed roof by Luke with Top Dog Home Pro takes into account all the possible issues a roof might have.

Pipe Collars.

Top Dog Home pro uses a Permaboot which is made in the USA. Additionally, permabootsare designed to protect the area around your roofs pipes for 50 years.

Ice & Water Shield.

Virginia code requires ice and water shield, which we use on every roof. Top Dog also installs drip edge at the gutter line on all roof edges and like mentioned above, we never use/never will use aluminum ridge vents.

Planning ahead.

Considering these potential problem areas ahead of time ensures a higher quality roof. Not to mention the 10 year labor warranty and CertainTeed lifetime product warranty.

So if the weather has hit your home and you live in Woodbridge, Manassas, Lake Ridge and the surrounding areas, simply reach out to us here or on our Facebook Page.

Have a great day & thanks for reading!

Adding Protection with Gutter Guards

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As the seasons change, a frequent sight is people on their ladders cleaning their gutters. While a gutter’s benefit is immeasurable—protecting the house from water—its cleaning can be less than desirable. Homeowners may consider getting gutter guards, which often provide numerous hassle-free benefits.


The greatest benefit of this kind of system is that it helps prevent leaves and debris from blocking rain flow. This can significantly reduce the amount of time a homeowner has to spend on their roof or a ladder. Homeowners typically only need to clean out their gutters every couple years instead of twice a year.


Besides not having to get on the roof to clean, they can help reduce the potential for clogs, which may result in overflow down the home. These can lead to leaks in the basement and other rooms, which can create an environment for mold and mildew to grow. It can also impact a home’s foundation.


Since gutter guards are typically mesh, vinyl or aluminum sheets placed over the gutters, it keeps out more than just leaves. It may deter birds, insects and small rodents from making a nest. Their design typically results in minimal standing water, which mosquitos love.


Longevity is another potential benefit. No standing water can help the gutters age better and reduce rusting. While adding them does have an associated price tag, they often can help the drainage system last significantly longer. This could mean significant long-term savings. In the winter, proper draining can help eliminate a leak from freezing and causing damage.


For homeowners in areas frequently battling wildfires, these guards can help protect the home. Dry leaves and other material can ignite easily. This extra layers keeps material from settling, giving a floating ember nowhere to grow.


Like any purchase, the decision to install gutter guards requires research. Luckily, there are many professionals who can help a homeowner decide if it is right for their home.