How To Spot Early Signs That Your Roof Might Develop A Leak

When your roof has a leak, this can not only be a nuisance, but it can also cause damage to your home. For that reason, you will want to look for warning signs of roof weakness so that you can stop your roof from leaking before it is too late. 

Inspect Your Roof Thoroughly

The more complex that your roof is, the more likely that it will start to suffer from a leak. With a very complex roof, you'll want to be on the lookout for debris that accumulates on your roof. Look for shingles that are rotting. Also, make sure that there is no breakage in the valleys and corners of your roof. 

Check the Flashings

If you have a chimney or any appliances that are on your roof, you will want to look at the flashing to make sure that it doesn't look bent and isn't cracking. Flashing is a strip of metal that is designed to create a barrier. If something goes wrong with your flashing, this can allow water to enter your home through the roof. 

Fortunately, there are patches that can be used to eliminate a hole in your flashing. You should start by roughening the hole with a wire brush or sandpaper. Holes should be plugged with roofing cement. The patch should be made of the same material as the flashing.

Inspect Your Shingles

Damaged shingles might seem like an obvious example of a problem that may lead to a roof leaking, but it is often missed. You shouldn't have any missing shingles on your roof. If you suspect that a shingle has deteriorated, make sure to have it replaced as soon as possible. 

Look For Other Signs

There are several other potential signs of a developing leak, such as:

  • Mold and algae
  • Granule loss
  • Roof rot
  • Ceiling spots
  • Insufficient attic ventilation

When your attic does not have enough ventilation, this can lead to hot air being trapped in the attic. The shingles will also become hotter, and this may contribute to the formation of a leak.

Hire a Roof Repair Specialist

If you are still not sure if your roof has early signs of forming a leak, you will want to speak with a roof repair specialist. Not only can you be given a professional opinion on whether or not you need to have your roof repaired, but he or she can provide an estimate on how much it will cost and can perform the repairs for you.