As the summer comes to a close, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your home for the coming winter. This means getting a roof inspection to make sure that it’s not leaking and the structure can stand up against the snow and ice. Depending on the age and condition of your roof, it could be at risk of molding and rotting, putting your health and safety at risk. If you’re unsure of your roof’s condition here are 5 warning signs that your roof has a leak:
- Damaged Flashing
Flashing is an important feature of your roofing system. It protects your roofdeck from water at any joint on your roof including the chimney and any dormers. If flashing is damaged water can seep under your shingles at the joints.
- Algae Growth
Algae growing on your roof shingles is a sign that moisture is present. Algae growth is common in roof systems that exposed to humid climates. This growth can affect the performance of your shingles and lead to a leaky roof.
- Buckling Shingles.
If your roof’s shingles are no longer laying flat and appear to be buckling up that’s a sign that moisture has penetrated the wood roofdeck causing it to expand in the humidity and contract in colder weather. This continuous movement of the wood creates buckles in the shingles allowing even more moisture to penetrate the roofdeck, which leads to a leaky roof.
- Curling Shingles
Another telltale sign that your roof is susceptible to leaks is if your shingles are curled. Curled shingles occur from water absorption.They can also curl from warm air in the attic and improper ventilation. Curled shingles are dangerous because they don’t provide proper protection from moisture.
- Ceiling Spots
If water is leaking into your home, you may eventually find water stains on your ceiling. These stains are likely to show up around vents and joins. However water can travel from the leak to another point in your home making it difficult to find the source of the leak.
If you’re in need of a roof inspection, leak analysis and leak repair give us a call at Exterior Home Services. For pricing information click here for a quote.