Your roof may be telling you something. Small roof leaks cause rotten wood and even mold and mildew just like large leaks do. However, small roof leaks are frequently not discovered by the untrained eye until they are too big to go unnoticed. By then complete roof replacement is frequently necessary.
Routine checks of your roof are vital and can reveal underlying roof issues. Having advance notice of potential problems can save you money.
Ignoring these five signs of roof leaks can lead to extensive damage to your home and more expensive repairs.
1. Stain or Wet Spot on Your Ceiling
More than likely, that water is coming from a damaged roof or missing roofing materials. If you see a wet spot or stain on your ceiling, get your roof and attic inspected right away. The longer you wait, the more damage there will be and the more it will cost to repair.
2. Moisture or Mold Growth in Walls
When you have a leaky roof, mold can infest many parts of your home. You need to determine how extensive the mold problem is. Measure from the mold spot to a reference point like a window or door, and check for mold in the same spot on the other side of the wall. You can also check to see if mold is present where your exterior wall meets your roof.
3. Buckling or Curling Roof Shingles
If you notice shingle roofs that are visibly warped or twisted, you’ve found a spot where water is possibly entering your home. When water enters at a point like this on your roof, it can travel throughout your home before it shows any visible leak signs anywhere else.
4. Wet or Rusty Pipes
If you have noticed that the stovepipe on your fireplace is rusty or feels damp to the touch, then you might have a roof problem. Usually, this type of leak is easily fixed as it is just the result of your stove pipe not being properly sealed, thereby letting in rainwater.
5. Defective Flashing
Flashing is a transitional material. When metal flashing is pulled up or damaged, rain can get underneath it and cause damage. Similarly, if joints are broken around the metal flashing, rain can get through and cause damage.
Here at Certified Roofing Solutions, LLC we install all types of residential roofing systems. We are experts when it comes to installing and repairing shingle, tile, low-slope or metal roofs. We only provide high-quality residential roof installations and work with our material suppliers to provide the best possible roofing warranties to our clients.
Extend your roofing system’s life with regular maintenance. Call us at (352) 309-1005, or fill out our contact form to provide you with a clear-cut quote for free.