Short of a tree falling on your roof, creating a huge hole, you may not be aware that you have an issue over your head. But roof leaks are common in homes and can be serious. Accumulated moisture over time can lead to wood rot, mold, and mildew. And you may not notice the damage until it’s too late. But you can discover a leaky roof if you know where to look. Found early, roof leaks can be repaired or the structural damage to your home minimized. Here are some of the hidden signs you have a leaky roof, so you know if your home has been compromised.
1. Ceiling Stains
If there are water stains on your ceiling, this is a sure sign of a roof leak issue. But tracking down the source of the leak can be challenging because water will run down walls and find the easiest path, not necessarily the straightest one.
2. Damaged Shingles
If you have a traditional roof, a broken or damaged shingle can be a precursor to a roof leak. But, we don’t recommend that homeowners go up on top of their roofs to inspect or repair these issues. It’s simply too dangerous.
3. Clogged, Dirty Soffits
Soffit vents help your attic get adequate ventilation, moving warm air out through the roof vents. If your soffits are clogged or dirty, this allows for moisture to build up and mold to grow on your roof’s framing.
4. Damp External Walls
Look for moss or mold growing on the external walls of your home. This can indicate that there is a continuous supply of water to those areas. If you don’t address the problem, you could end up with water on the inside of the structure.
5. Flashing Damage
Many joints and corners of your roof will be protected with flashing. These are potentially weak areas in your roof, meaning they are prone to leaks and damage. If the flashing is damaged, you are likely to experience leaks.
6. Dripping Gutters
One obvious sign of a leaky roof is dripping water during a storm or even after it has stopped. If your gutters are dripping, they aren’t doing their job of taking water away from the home. Gutters should be cleared of debris and repaired if they are broken. Both should be done by a professional.
7. Stains Around Bathroom Fan
Anytime there is a hole in your roof, even for a good purpose, it invites the possibility of a leak. Check the seals around vent caps. If there are stains around your bathroom fan, you may have a roof leak.
If you have an attic, go up there and inspect it for “shiners.” These are nails coming from the roof that missed the framing boards. When it is cold out, those nails will get frosted. And when it warms up during the day, the frost melts, and the water will drip into the home.
Get Help With your Leaky Roof in Missouri
If you discover you have a leaky roof, Excel Metal Roofing, L.L.C. can help. Since 1999, we have been helping people throughout the Versailles, Missouri area. We are committed to helping customers with high-quality metal roofs. Our company provides installation and maintenance services. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.