Everything ages including your roof. As time goes by and your home gets up there in years, it is more vulnerable to the elements and weather damage. A strong indication that it’s time to repair or replace your roof is when there is evidence of water damage. Damage from ice buildup and heavy rain storms might not always be apparent for as it may take a while for the water to weaken the seals and underlying wood. Most homeowners do not take the time to inspect their roofs for signs of water damage so it probably won’t become apparent until there is ceiling stains or a serious leak.
Roof Water Damage
You’ve made a significant investment in purchasing your home so you will want to protect it by maintaining the integrity of your roof and preventing more costly damage when there is a problem. One of the best ways is to look for signs of water damage as soon as possible when there is a heavy rainstorm or snowfall. The following are suggestions for how to investigate potential problems.
Check for Water Damage to the Exterior
First, take a walk around the exterior of your home to look for signs of water damage. Leaks will show up first on the outside as any interior leaks usually take time to appear after the damage has become more advanced.
When inspecting the exterior, take a close look at the gutters for signs of mold, peeling paint, algae or any other water problem which will require further inspection. Sometimes a leak could be caused by some backup of materials or other defect with the gutter like a clog in the drain. If it’s not something you can resolve yourself, then you should consult a professional roofing contractor.
Check for Water Damage Inside the House
Next, you will want to investigate your home’s interior. The most common indications of water damage to a roof are wet spots that show up on ceilings and spread with time. You may also smell dampness in a room when it rains or observe water coming from a chimney. Most likely, you will find the first indications of damage in your attic where typically the most damage occurs so be sure to check there first.
Once you’ve completed both your exterior and interior examinations, you should contact a roofing professional as soon as possible if you discover water damage before there is further damage.