The upkeep of your home roof is crucial to avoiding leaks after a heavy rain storm. Older homes weathered by years of storms are subject to significant roof leaks. Small leaks can easily become a bigger problem when the weather worsens in the winter, such as heavy rainstorms or snowfall. That’s why taking a number of precautions and assessing the state of your roof is key to preventing a leaking roof. Early prevention is important to avoid more costly damages to your roof and your home, as the more severe the problem the more likely there will be internal rot and water damage.
Common Signs of a Home’s Leaking Roof
Here are some of the most obvious warning signs of a leaking roof that could result in a major issue during a rainstorm.
Moss or Decay
One of the external signs of a weakening, leaking roof is the presence of moss on the shingles. Moss requires a moist environment to grow in, and if there is moss growing under the edges of the shingles, this is a sign that the seals are no longer waterproof. In addition, if moss is growing, then there’s probably enough space under the tiles for water to seep through, and that can lead to internal damages like wood rot.
Another sign of decaying shingles is if they seem to be flaking off or chipping after the rain. If there are a lot of particles of shingle materials in your gutter after a heavy rain, you may be facing major roof leaks.
Buckling or Curling Shingles
A secondary external sign of a leaking roof is the presence of bucking or curling shingles. If the shingles have been warped to the extent that they are curling upwards, this can signal that they have been affected by water damage and are no longer viable. If shingles are buckled and curling, they are not water tight and will allow water to leak into your home. The presence of raised or curled shingles should indicate that that section of roofing should be checked for leaks, especially to avoid more severe damage during a rainstorm.
Missing shingles is an obvious sign of a leaking roof, as areas that are not covered by shingles have a lower quality of water runoff, which can lead to severe leaks that can cause internal damage to your attic area. If you notice that your roof is missing shingles after a windstorm or a heavy rainstorm, you should get them repaired or replaced as soon as possible to avoid more expensive damage to the internal structure of your house, as well as to protect the remaining tiles on the roof from buckling and allowing for major water damage.
Camas Leaking Roof Repair and Installation
If your roof shows any of the above symptoms of leaking, contact Leak Seal Roofing in order to get an estimate on your roof repair. Catching potential roof leaks and other issues sooner rather than later is crucial to preserving the watertight seal of your roof, and preventing further damages to your property.