How to Catch Roof Leaks
A roof leak is one of the more serious issues that can affect your home. A leaky roof is not only a threat to the health of your roofing system, but also the health of your family. Excess moisture can cause rot, mold or mildew, which can weaken your home’s structural integrity and give you or your family rhinitis, asthma or other respiratory issues. Water damage can also be a potential fire hazard if it comes into contact with electrical wiring.
The best way to prevent a leaky roof is to identify potential causes before the situation worsens. Here are a few things to look out for before—and possibly after—your roof’s sprung a leak.
If you start to spot granules from your asphalt shingles in your gutters or coming out of downspouts when it rains, it’s a sign that your shingles are deteriorating and could make your roof more likely to leak. The granules can come lose with time if your shingles are old or can be eroded by hail or other harsh weather.
The granules on asphalt shingles prevent the dark underlayer of the shingle from being exposed to the sun’s UV rays. UV light from the sun causes the underlayer to dry out and become brittle and crack, which can be a source of leaks. In some cases, you may be able to spot these darker bald patches on your shingles when looking at your roof, especially if your shingle granules are a lighter color, but if not, a roofing contractor can get a closer look at the health of your shingles from your roof.
Damaged or Missing Shingles
Shingles that are damaged or missing from your roof are a serious issue that should be fixed by calling a roofing contractor immediately. Shingle damage can include shingles that are cracked, loose, bent, curling, buckling or growing mold or algae. These are all signs that the shingles, and possibly the roof’s underlayer, have been damaged. Shingles that have been compromised expose your roof to moisture, so if you spot any missing or damaged shingles, you should have them replaced immediately.
Water spots on your ceiling could be a sign your roof is leaking. However, they’re not always representative of which area of your roof is leaking. Water that enters through your roof can travel along roof panels or lumber in your attic before dripping onto the insulation above your ceiling and causing water spots. It’s also possible that the water damage could be caused by condensation or pipes and not a roof leak, but if spots appear, darken or grow in size after it rains, it’s likely that the source of the water is a leaky roof.
If you see any kind of water damage or evidence of moisture in your house where it shouldn’t be, call a roofing contractor as soon as possible. The longer the issue goes untreated, the more it can compromise your roofing system and your home.
The best way to prevent a leaky roof is to fix issues before they cause leaks. Having your roof inspected regularly by a licensed roofing contractor can help catch things that can prevent leaks and extend the lifespan of your roof. To schedule an inspection or get a free estimate on a leaking roof, contact John Beal Roofing today.