Roof leaks can be difficult to spot because they often leave no obvious signs of damage, and by the time they do, the damage may be extensive. Plus, when there are obvious signs of a leak—like water stains—the leak may not be happening in that spot. There are a few steps homeowners can take to determine if they need roof repair services.
What to Look for Outside
A full roof inspection should be left to the pros, but certain damage can be spotted from the ground, like curling, cracked, torn, or missing shingles. If only a small portion of the roof is damaged, shingle repair services might do the trick. Extensive damage may require a full roof replacement. Leaks could also happen where gutters are filling with debris, decaying, or sagging, which can especially be a problem during Florida’s rainy season. Chimneys that are leaning or have damaged bricks also need to be checked by a professional for signs of leaks. A roofing professional can also check the roof’s flashing, cement, ridge vents, and other elements to ward off damage caused by water leaks.
What to Look for Inside
An indoor inspection is easier to perform, but there may still not be obvious signs of a leak. There may be peeling paint, signs of moisture, or brown, yellow, or grey stains on the walls and ceilings. Damp rafters in the attic are also a common sign of leakage. An increase in heating and cooling costs could also indicate a ventilation problem.
Preventing Leaks and Damage
The best way to prevent leaks and damage is to detect potential issues before they arise, and that’s why it’s so vital to schedule regular inspections with a professional. Taking early action to correct a small problem could save thousands of dollars on roof repair down the road, not to mention the cost of repairing damage to the walls, ceiling, and foundation of the home. Undetected leaks can also promote the growth of mold and mildew, which can exacerbate allergies, asthma, and breathing issues for everyone inside the home.
The professional roofers at ANC Roofing Inc. know how to spot signs of damage, and we can make the necessary roof repairs or complete replacement quickly for residents in Winter Garden and Orlando. If you notice any signs of a leak in your roof, call us at 407-654-4500 or contact us for a free estimate.