Roof Leak: Signs To Look For
A leaky roof can really put a damper on a homeowner’s budget (no pun intended). That’s why it is crucial to know the warning signs of a leaky roof, so that it can be repaired professionally and promptly. Your roof could be trying to communicate an important message, so read on to learn more about how to recognize the most common signs of rook leaks.
Mold and Algae
Mold and algae are often indicative of larger problems. Those who live in the hot and moist climates such as South Florida are usually the first to notice algae and mold on their rooftops. Airborne fungus and algae is deposited on the roofs of homes in this area without warning and unless a homeowner remains vigilant, their roof could spring a leak in rapid fashion.
Shingles That Curl and Buckle
Curling and buckling of shingles is usually a sign of excess water absorption, caused by advancing shingle age, unexpected roof decking shifting, or improper installation. Also, if the attic of the home is not properly insulated, this can cause hot air to collect and lead to shingle damage. A roof with corrupted shingles cannot protect itself from wear and tear.
Improper Attic Ventilation
An improperly ventilated attic causes bigger problems than simple shingle damage. Checking the attic on a regular basis ensures that hot air is not allowed to collect. An attic that is too hot also causes the home’s air conditioner to work much harder, which leads to breakdowns and roof damage. The roof’s shingles will slowly bake and it is just a matter of time before the roof leaks begin.
Contrary to what some might tell you, roof rot is not supposed to take place and it is not a sign of aging that should be ignored. The roof’s mat takes on added moisture, especially in humid climates, which leads to visible rotting. Homeowners who have chosen to use shingles with an organic base for their roofing needs are particularly susceptible to this phenomenon, which is all the more reason to remain vigilant and keep roof rot from setting in.
Spots on Ceiling or Roof
If water is repeatedly penetrating your roofing surface and causing ceiling spots, this is a sure sign of a leak. These leaks will commonly manifest themselves in areas of the home where ceilings and vents are located. But homeowners beware, these leaks can also travel down the rafters and make their way throughout the domicile, far away from their original source.