Checking Your Roof for Water Damage

checking-your-roof-for-water-damageThe roof over your head is literally one of the most important features when it comes to home comfort and safety. In fact, the roof is so important that many homeowners take theirs for granted, assuming it will protect them from the elements almost indefinitely.

The truth is that even a high-quality, relatively new homes can have roof damage. Over time, water damage can become a major problem, leaving areas of your roof as potential disaster zones.

Keep reading to learn more about checking your roof for water damage so you don’t have leaks or cave-ins that harm your home and cost a lot more to repair than if you’d caught the problem early.

Check the Ceiling First

If you’re worried about your roof, or just taking care of regular maintenance, the first thing you’re likely to do is head out to the garage and pull out that tall ladder. That may not be the best thing to do, though, especially if you haven’t taken a thorough look around at the inside of your home first.

To inspect your roof for signs of water damage, one of the first things to look for is dark spots on the ceiling and the area where the walls meet the ceiling. If you see blotchy areas, that could indicate that your roof is having a hard time keeping water out of your home and a big problem could be on the way.

When you touch the area, it shouldn’t very damp. If it does, you might have a major leak coming your way, and that means the roof needs to be repaired right away. Putting a repair off could result in a lot of water damage in your home that will cost many times more than a simple roof repair.

Perform a Basic Visual Inspection

Whether you notice water damage on the walls and ceiling or not, the next step toward inspecting your roof thoroughly is to visually inspect it. If there were problem spots you should start there, but even if you didn’t notice issues indoors, you still need to look at your roof carefully.

Before you get up on the roof and start walking around, make sure that it’s safe to do so. Not all roof varieties are safe to walk on, and if you’re unsure, it’s best to call a pro to come out for an inspection first.

Shingle-type roofs are the most common and these are safe to walk on, at least if you’re careful and there are no badly damaged areas.

Know Signs of Damage

Most homeowners can spot missing shingles and those that are badly torn, but some signs of water damage are not as obvious. If you don’t have shingle roofing, it can be even more difficult to spot issues.

Among the most common issues, you’ll find with a roof is tiles or bits of roofing material that are out of place. To the naked eye, they might simply look misaligned. This can create significant problems, especially during the rainy season.

Mold on your roof, leaking or rusted gutters and leaning or loose chimneys are also common signs of a damaged roof. If you spot these, getting a professional out ASAP is essential.

The roof above your head keeps you safe and dry from the elements, but as a homeowner, you can’t take it for granted. Get your roof inspected by the pros regularly and don’t put repairs off for too long.

If you do, you could wake up in the middle of the night to unwanted water in your home.


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