Signs of Roof Water Damage
Many homeowners believe that their roof is in great condition, until it starts to leak and the damage is already done. In order to prevent this major destruction before it occurs, it is crucial to be alert of early signs of water damage. Identifying early signs of water damage to your roof can save you time and money, while ensuring the health and safety of your family.
Here are the top 5 signs to look for to see if your roof has experienced water damage.
Water Spots on the Ceiling or Exterior Walls
Different types of water spots may appear that indicate roof water damage. This is usually the most common sign of roof water damage because it is the easiest to spot. Sometimes these marks may appear brown or “rusty” which can indicate a new or previous leak.
Some other interior signs to be aware of include swollen walls or ceilings, which may appear in a bubble-like form, and often occurs as a result of collected moisture from water. Additionally, s more subtle sign of interior water damage can include decorative features, such as wallpaper, baseboards, and trim, separating from the walls. This is usually a result of excess moisture that causes wallpaper to lose its stickiness and peel off the wall or if the walls/celling is slightly swelled from moisture and the trim and baseboards are slowly separating. Any wet stains or irregular formations on the ceiling or walls may be indicative of a slow leak that is currently spreading.
If you notice any type of spot or marking that does not belong on your roof, it is a telltale sign of water damage and you should investigate the problem immediately and/or contact a professional repair company to come inspect the problem.
Gutters Filled with Granule
Granules, small particles that are made up of crushed stone and other materials, are used to create shingles for roofs. While that roof shingles will lose granules occasionally due to aging or storms, if there if a significant amount of granule in the gutter after rain it is a clear sign of water damage and a sign that your shingles need to be replaced.
Damaged or Cracked Shingles
Like dealing with granule above, there is natural wear and tear that is to be expected for shingles over time. Extreme levels of rainwater and gusts of wind can lead to missing, cracked, bent, and curled shingles. Damaged shingles can lead your roof vulnerable for more harm and it is important to make sure they are intact.
Soft or Spongy Wood Decking
If any wood decking is left soft or spongey after rain, it is a clear sign of long-term water damage. Overtime, this can lead to serious rotting and susceptible to more leaks in the future. It is very important to have any soft wood decking addressed.
Finally, if there is any level of debris on the roof, there is a high change there is damage that could worsen in the future. Many times, debris, like branches, may cover up the damage so it not possible to see the full effect.
Because your roof is constantly exposed to natural elements, deterioration over the years is to be expected. However, catching any of these signs early and having a professional come to expect your roof can prevent major destruction in the future.