Prevention is better than cure. This definitely applies in detecting leaks before it may cause severe damage in the long run. There are a lot of things to consider for this. Like how old is the house, when was the last time a repair or maintenance was done? It’s not easy, but this will give you peace of mind afterward. If you don’t have the luxury of time to initially try to look around the house, there are professionals that can help you out! We at Norcross Roofing Company can be of service for that.
Roof leaks can be a big challenge to handle for homeowners. They can occur at any time – most of the time at odd times. Not being able to notice or repairing these leaks can lead to notable damage to the interior of your home. In fact, some leaks can have effects lingering long after even the repair has been made, in the form of mold growth on the interior surfaces of your home!
Get your roofs repaired as soon as you detect a leakage. But, what if you can’t locate the leak? There are possibilities that you are unable to detect a leak before the damage has been done. And, the damage can lead to a good deal of stress to homeowners. So, how can we detect the leaks? The usual signs include damp walls/ceilings, water stains on the ceiling, spots on the exterior walls, bulging patches on the interior walls, and musty odor in the room(s). Any of these signs means it is likely that there is a leakage in your above. So, you need to immediately get down to investigating!
However, remember that the first place you see the above mentioned signs is not necessarily the spot where the leakage is. Finding the source of leakage could be a challenging task. Leaks could be due to missing shingles, holes or cracks, or even some gaps in the metal flashings around chimneys and vent pipes. Here are some of the most common places where you can find leaks in your roof.
Oh, the attic
Usually the first and foremost place you must look is your attic. As this is possibly the most common place for the leakage to begin. Look for any water damage. If there is a problem with the ventilation, you must consult the contractor. However, if you don’t have an attic, you can check for other places where moisture or damage like rubber seals around your pipes and vents, ridge caps, flashings, shingles, gutters, downspouts, dormer valleys, and gaskets around the pipes.
Shingles and flashings
Damaged or missing shingles could also be a reason for leakage. Flashing issues could be another reason. Make sure to check the flashings associated with vents and chimneys to confirm that they are tight. Any broken or missing flashings means an issue for leakage.
Any debris blocking the roof watershed or blocking rain gutters could be another cause for leaks to start. The debris causes the water penetrating the roof, thus causing damage. Regular cleaning and maintenance of the roof is important, and removing debris from gutters and roof valleys should be a part of it.
So, how old is your house? If your roof is around 10-20 years old, it is likely that it is weak and has started to damage. Such roofs will leak even after being repaired. So, instead of wasting your time, efforts, and money on repairing the old one, it is advisable to replace them. And, the next time you want to consider replacement, consider a durable and high performing roofing material like polycarbonate. This material is flexible yet strong and has excellent impact resistance, weather resistance, and fire resistance. Moreover, it is available as completely transparent, as well as in many other color options to enhance the appearance of your building. To add to that, it is also environment-friendly and recyclable.