Your roof is probably the most important component of your home, as it protects you and your family from the elements. But over time, just like anything else, your roof will start to wear out. It also can sustain acute damage from a storm. In these cases, your roof might start to leak, which can cause big problems. Be on the lookout for signs that your roof might be leaking.
Water or dampness in your attic
You should check your attic periodically for any signs of water. Puddles would be a sure sign that your roof is leaking, but the evidence might not be so clear cut. Look for any signs of moisture, which could indicate a leak.
Spots or stains
If you notice what look like spots or stains on the ceilings or walls of upper floors, it could be a sign that your roof is leaking. You want to make sure the stains are not being caused by leaking pipes behind the walls If they aren’t, it’s likely a roof leak.
Missing or broken shingles
When you have shingles that are missing or broken, your roof is at risk for a leak. Even if you don’t notice water inside, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a leak. You should have broken or missing shingles inspected and replaced by a roofing contractor.
In the winter, snow and ice on your roof that melts can pool and refreeze along your gutters. This is particularly likely to happen if your gutters haven’t been cleaned in awhile and are full of leaves. When ice dams form, they often cause water to find it’s way into your home through some weak spot in your roof. If you see an ice dam, you should try to deal with it right way to avoid a leak.
If you think you have a leak in your roof, you should call a roofing contractor and get it looked at right away. The longer you wait, the more potential damage there is to be done by water getting into your home.
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