Out of sight, doesn’t necessarily mean out of mind when it comes to roof leaks. Even a small leak can cause substantial damage to your home’s structure. An additional result of roof leaking can also be mold growth. Not all roof leaks will require a complete replacement of your roof but it’s important to pinpoint the origin of the leak so that the problem does not spread. Here’s what you need to know about a leaky roof:
Identifying the Problem: A telltale sign that roof leaking is taking place is water stains on walls, ceilings or floors. Paint may become rippled, faded or discolored. You may notice a stale scent in the area where the leak is happening or hear water dripping.
Areas to Have Inspected: Once you’ve established that a leak is occurring, it’s wise to contact a contractor to make a determination as to whether the leak can be remedied with a repair or if a roof replacement is needed. It’s worth noting that where the water stains are manifesting themselves may not be the exact spot on your roof where water is leaking in. Most roofs have an incline and must pass through the roofing layers, traveling downhill before it finds a place to rest within your home. The contractor will likely assess the attic, as water staining can be more severe in this area since it’s located so close to your roof. Water getting into the attic can quickly produce mold and insulation may need to be replaced. They should also climb up on your roof to visually inspect for spots where water is penetrating.
Common Reasons Your Roof May Be Leaking: If your contractor reused your roof’s flashing when they shingled your roof and the flashing wore out before the roof, leaking can occur. Additionally, broken seals around skylights & roof vents, overflowing gutters and missing shingles can all be reasons your roof is leaking.
Once the Leak Has Been Pinpointed: In order to remedy the situation and move forward, the leak must be eliminated. A reputable contractor should be able to assist you in determining whether the situation requires a full roof replacement or just a repair. It’s important to note that if any mold occurred as a result of the leak, it should not be remedied until after the roofing project has been completed. This is because the mold feeds off of moisture and will continue to grow until the moisture has been eliminated.
A Word About DIY Roof Repairs: There’s a reason roofing installers are tethered to the roof while working. Anytime you get on top of a roof, it’s dangerous business and safety precautions should be taken. Even if you’re comfortable walking on a roof, repairs only hold up if the person making them has the correct experience and materials. The most expensive home repair is the one you make twice, so get the project completed correctly the first time by entrusting your work to an experienced contractor.