Do you want to learn more about how to tell if your roof is going to leak in the near future (or if it’s already leaking, and you don’t know yet)? You’re in the right place.
As a homeowner, it can be tough to keep up with all the maintenance and upkeep that your home demands. The exterior and interior of your home requires much of your free time outside of taking care of the family, working, and your hobbies. But, it feels great when you’re the envy of your neighbors, friends, and family. The compliments that roll in when guests visit swell your pride like a water balloon — and for good reason!
But what happens when your roof starts leaking long before you notice? How often do you look up at your roof and seek signs of potential damage? When is the last time a local roofing expert inspected your roof?
Unless you’ve got a decade or more of roofing experience, you may find it tough to spot the signs of potential roof leaks or roof damage from the ground. There are some signs that will help you identify needed repairs; however, it’s best to have a professional inspection completed.
In this article, Sorensen Roofing & Exteriors is going to share the seven unknown signs of a leaking roof so that you can get ahead of any potential water damage before it costs you a truckload of greenbacks.
Signs Your Roof Is Leaking
Surprisingly, a leaky roof can remain invisible until it’s too late to prevent expensive damage, which is why it’s super important to get your roof inspected at least twice per year. For most leaky roofs, visual damage can be seen either from the ground or while on the roof during inspection. Here are those unknown signs to look for:
Sorensen Roofing & Exteriors strongly recommends that you stay off of your roof, since it can be dangerous. Give us a call, and we’ll come out to take a look at your roof for you.
#1. Algae and Mold
Roofs can develop algae or mold, which isn’t a direct indication that your roof is leaking, but it is a pre-leak sign. Humidity and moisture all play a role in developing algae and mold, which can lead to rotting and/or damaged materials. This is a sign you can look for, and you should call local roofing experts to come out and take a look at it. An inspection may show that you simply need to wash your roof, or that you need to replace it entirely.
#2. Buckling Shingles
A subtle yet devastating leaking roof sign are buckled shingles. If you can see shingles buckling across your roof, you’ve got water damage that needs to be repaired immediately. Asphalt shingles, especially, function so well because they lay flat on your roof. When shingles buckle, they allow moisture underneath. Also, buckled shingles can happen due to water damage beneath the shingles from a leak above or near those shingles. In either situation, if you see buckled shingles, give the expert roofers in your area a call asap.
#3. Curling Shingles
No, we’re not talking about the suspenseful Olympic sport of curling. What we are talking about, though, is the curling of your roof shingles. In contrast, the buckling of shingles has the middle portion of the shingle raising off the roof. The curling of shingles keeps the center of the shingle down, but one or both ends curls upwards off the roof. In either situation, this type of roof wear or damage is a sign that you may have a leaky roof on the way.
In some cases, you can see your roof flashing from the ground. However, most flashing is in areas on your roof that requires close inspection. This means to see if flashing is damaged, you will want to call the pros at Sorensen Roofing & Exteriors to get their professional opinion. Damaged flashing can allow water beneath your roof, which can lead to roof, home, or other types of damage.
#5. Loose Granules
If you can, give your gutters a look. While gutters are attached to the edge of your roof, they still catch what are called granules, the material that flakes off your asphalt shingles. If your gutter has an excess of granules, your roof may be on the verge of leaking. As these granules release from your roof, it increases the chance that your roof will spring a leak.
#6. Missing Shingles
Look up at your roof the next time you’re standing in your yard. You will notice a pattern. Your roof shingles are installed a specific way to maximize their effectiveness of keeping the elements out. Scan your roof and see if the pattern changes, either due to damaged or missing shingles. Even one missing shingle can allow water inside your home and cause damage.
#6. Missing Shingles
If you’re inside your home, and you notice spots on your ceiling, you may already have a roof leak. When water gets inside your home it can go wherever the materials lead. In some cases, it will pool in your ceiling and cause water spots. Once you start seeing water spots, your roof has leaked, and you’re probably going to pay more than if you would have maintained your roof with two or more inspections per year.