A stain or a wet spot on your ceiling is an obvious sign that your roof is leaking. But by the time you’ve identified ceiling damage, you’re already hundreds of dollars deep in damages. Wet spots form after a much longer process, starting with harsh weather conditions and shingle damage. A leaky roof can leave you with gutter damage, ice dam formation, mold and mildew, interior damage, and potentially the need for an entire roof replacement.
After a moderate to severe storm, whether it be rain, hail, or wind, you should inspect your property for roof damages. By inspecting your property, you can identify any roof leaks before they become problematic. A major cause of a leaky roof is shingle damage. Shingles could be loose, broken, curling, experiencing granule loss, or completely detached from the roof, all causing your roof to leak.
Granular in Size, Not in Damage
One major sign of granule loss from shingles is gutter damage and clogging. If you see your gutters are clogged, rusted, or sagging, granule loss could be causing this. Rain water or wind cause the shingle granules to run off the roof and into the gutter. Sediment forms in the gutter from a mixture of dirt and the granule runoff, ultimately clogging the gutters and contributing to water seeping into your home. To avoid this issue, you can check for gutter damage on a regular basis and keep your gutters clean with proper maintenance.
End Water Damage Before it’s Too Late
Most roof leaks are not easily detectable because the water seeps under the shingles. And the longer the problem goes unnoticed and unresolved, the longer the surrounding roofing materials will compromise for the weak spot of your roof. Water causes tremendous damage and can warp your interior and exterior siding, cause mold and mildew to form, as well as cause rotting. Roof leaks are not always easily identifiable or simple projects to fix, so it is important to contact a roofing professional to assist you during this process. One tiny little leak in your roof can lead to permanent damage, so be sure to be on the lookout for some of these factors before roof replacement becomes your only option.