A leaking roof can cause thousands of dollars of damage to a house. When not repaired promptly, roof leaks can create structural problems as well as cosmetic ones, and roof leaks also significantly reduce the selling price of a home. If you notice any of these warning signs in your home or roof, be sure to repair them or contact a professional roofing company promptly, to avoid more serious damage:
Spots or stains on ceilings. Water leaking in through a roof will eventually make itself known through spots on ceilings (and sometimes upper parts of walls). Never ignore ceiling spots, because they may indicate serious damage in parts of the house you cannot see.
Curling, warping, or buckling shingles. Damaged shingles or roofing tiles provide a place for water and condensation to enter the roof. Sometimes, damaged shingles and tiles are the cause of the leak, but they may also indicate a separate problem, like inadequate attic ventilation.
Indoor mold. Mold thrives in damp environments. The presence of mold inside a house often indicates either a leaking roof or other water-related damage, such as broken pipes or foundation problems.
Clogged gutters. Not all blocked gutters are signs of a roof leak, but if the clog is caused by shingle granules or other roofing materials, the clog may signal a loss of roof integrity—or a leak. Clean your gutters regularly, and call a professional roofing company if you notice roofing material in the gutter or drain.
What should you do if you discover one or more of these leak-related problems? Call a professional roofing company promptly and arrange for a roof inspection. Many times, homeowners put off roofing repairs and maintenance because they believe—mistakenly—that there isn’t a problem until they notice a leak inside the house. Unfortunately, by the time enough water seeps inside to create a noticeable stain, the leak may have caused significant damage to roofing, insulation, ceiling beams and other major structural components of the home. Contacting a professional at the first sign of potential problems can significantly reduce the cost of repairs, and may help you avoid a costly roof replacement. Remember: big problems often begin as little ones, and minor leaks don’t “heal” themselves. Time can easily turn a small repair into a costly renovation. Paying attention to your roof, walls, and ceilings can alert you to potential problems and help you keep your home leak-free.