While your home’s roof is one of the most important structures to a healthy home, it is probably one of the most neglected aspects of a home. When renovating a home most homeowners do not consider the functionality of their roof or the appearance of their roof. But your roof plays a major role in how well your home functions and in the overall appearance of your home. Putting esthetics aside all homeowners should ask themselves the following questions? What are the tell-tell signs of a leaking roof, and what can I do to stop any further damage?
Most homeowners in the Columbia and Lexington areas do not consider a roof leak until they see the unsightly stain on a ceiling or a wall. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to learn how to find a roof leak and stop damage before the unsightly stain on your ceiling appears. The first step is a simple roof inspection of your roof shingles that can be done safely on the ground. This roof inspection can help you identify spots where the roof is wearing unevenly or where your roof shingles are missing or have moved out of place. Some roof shingle damage can also be visible from the ground. It is important to also check your gutters and downspouts for trapped debris that may prevent water from properly draining off your roof.
A roof leak can be a terribly slow leak and will not show up for an extended period. However, heavy rains in the Columbia and Lexington areas will usually reveal a leak so local homeowners should pay close attention to their homes during and directly after a heavy rain. But other signs may indicate that you have a hidden roof leak that is causing damage that will be more difficult to uncover. Your local roofing specialist can help you determine if your concerns are warranted and need further attention by a licensed local roofer.
Signs of inside roof leaks can be difficult to find, but there are some signs to look for. Mold or mildew is a good indicator that moisture in entering your home from an outside source. Another indicator is the appearance of bubbles or other disruptions in the paint on your ceiling or walls. The interior of your house is not the only place to look for signs of a leaking roof. While standing outside of your home use binoculars to do a roof inspection. You should look for damaged roofing shingles including missing shingles, torn or cracked shingles, or shingles that have curled edges. Also inspect the flashing on your roof. Cracks in the seal around flashing is a red flag for a leaking roof. Once you have inspected your shingles and flashing you should turn your attention to your gutters. Check to see if your gutters have started sagging or overflowing when it rains. Either of these discoveries indicates that your gutters are not functioning properly and could lead to a leaking roof. It is recommended that you consult a local roofing specialist if you have any questions or doubts about the health of your roof.
Why is it important to find a leaking roof as early as possible? The most obvious reason to find a leaking roof as soon as possible is to prevent damage to the interior of your home which can lead to extremely high repair costs. Not only does a leaking roof damage your floors and walls but your personal property as well. Another consideration is the potential for bodily injury. Wet, slippery surfaces create a dangerous environment for the old and the young.
If you have found a leak in your roof or suspect that you have a leak it is wise to contact a roofing specialist to assist you with pinpointing the source of the leak and the repair of the leak. Preventing future leaks can be as simple as having your roof inspected no less that once annually. Keeping tree limbs cut back so they are not touching your roof or losing leaves onto your roof will prevent damage also. When a leak is found, have it repaired immediately. And replace an old roof once it has outlived its functionality.
Your local, professional roofer in the Columbia and Lexington areas is your best avenue to a healthy, functional roof and home. Sands Roofing and Construction serves the Columbia, Lexington, and surrounding areas. We can answer all your roofing questions. 1.803.520.6154