Your roof is your home’s first line of defense, so keeping it in top shape is essential to protecting your home from damage. Even small unnoticed leaks, over time, can silently spread, causing catastrophic damage to your home’s interior. Spotting leaks early and quickly is the best way to reduce roof repair costs, roof replacement costs and prevent potential damage later. The roofing experts at LEI Home Enhancements recommend looking for these five warning signs that your roof may be leaking.
- New and unexplained water stains on your ceiling
- Missing or damaged roof shingles
- Moisture build-up or mold in your attic
- Increasing condensation on your interior windows
- Visible algae and mold growth on your roof
When you see one of these warning signs, it may not be easy to find the source of the leak. If you cannot spot the source of the leak easily, you can try going into the attic and looking for water stains and signs of moisture build-up or mold growth. Go outside and look at your roof, as closely as you can. If you can safely access your roof, do so with caution and look for cracked, damaged, or missing shingles. But, keep in mind, if your roof is damaged and is leaking, it may not be able to sustain your weight. For a more detailed inspection of your roof, contact an experienced and licensed roofing contractor to examine the damage.
Also, keep in mind damaged roof areas may not be easy to spot by the untrained eye and may not be able to be repaired. In some instances, the damage to your roof may be too widespread to do a simple roof repair, and in this case, a roof replacement may be more cost effective.
If you find warning signs that suggests a new leak has developed, try to trace the flow of the water or the direction of the water stain. New water stains on your ceiling may point to underlying issues with your roofing system. You may have rotted wood in your roofing system that may be allowing water to enter your home. Catching these types of damages early is essential in decreasing your roof repair costs later.
Inspecting your roof once every year is a great way to spot some of these warning signs before it is too late. If you’re unsure of what to look for, or find a leak, it is best to contact a roof replacement specialist for a thorough roof inspection assessment.
For a no strings attached roof inspection, contact the expert roof replacement team at LEI Home Enhancements today at 513-318-1512.