A stubborn roof is a leaky roof; a faulty roof is a leaky roof; a disruptive roof is a leaky roof; and, a roof that needs a repair is most likely a leaky roof. Leaky roofs are destroying homes everywhere and causing health problems to families all the while going unnoticed.
Unfortunately, a leaky roof can be sneaky and you may go years without noticing you have one at all. Because Charlotte is coming up on a winter that is not going to hold back strong winds, freezing rain and a little bit of snow, our roofing contractors wanted to give you the best advice we could: Warning signs your roof is telling you that it has a leak.
Signs Your Roof Has a Leak
- Algae and mold.
Although many homeowners won’t notice they have mold until it’s visible in their living quarters, algae and mold can cause serious health problems. The real problem lies within where the leaks are happening. If you have a leak that is seeping into the attic, chances are, you won’t figure out your experiencing algae or mold symptoms until you’ve seen a doctor and it is suggested to you. However, there are times where algae and mold growth is visible in your living quarters. The cause of this fungi usually occurs within a humid and warm climate, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen in your home. When there is a roof leak happening on your home, you may not need to worry about the overall life of the shingle, but you may need to worry about the damage the mold and algae are doing to not only your health, but to the walls and ceilings of your household.
- Buckling shingles.
Although buckling shingles can stem from a roof installation gone wrong, it is most likely caused by a roof leak. When water seeps into the deck of the roof, it is likely the deck will start to shift. When shifting occurs, you can rest assured the roof’s shingles will start to buckle, providing you with a sure sign you have a roof leak.
- Curling shingles.
Walk outside; take a look at your roof; what do you notice? Are there curling shingles? If so, this is a notable sign your roof has a leak. Why? When there is a roof leak, your roof will start to absorb the water before it drips into the attic. This will cause the shingles to curl if there is hot air in the attic. This only mean you’ll have to get your roof repaired or replaced because curling shingles, simply, cannot effectively protect your roof from leaks.
- Damaged flashings.
The pipe boots and the chimney that come out of your roof have flashings. Flashing are what create the barrier between the roof and the pipe boot or chimney. If they have been improperly installed or are aged beyond years, you may end up with a roof leak. Roof leaks will happen when the flashings are dried up and start to crack.
- Loss of granules.
Take a look at your home’s gutters. Are they filled with shingle granules? If so, this is a sure sign your roof should be replaced. Shingles which are aged (15 to 25 years), should be replaced with new ones to thoroughly protect your home from all of the elements Mother Nature throws at it. If you don’t, you’re likely to experience a surplus of roof leaks that could be damaging to your home; you don’t want to risk it!
- No attic ventilation.
With little to no attic ventilation, your roof will have trapped all of the hot air from the summer’s heat. This will not only force your home’s HVAC system to work harder and harder to the point of a possible breakdown, but an overheated attic can actually bake the roof’s shingles. The next time it rains, the baked shingles won’t be able to provide the protection your roof needs, leaving you with unfortunate roof leaks.
- Missing shingles.
This sign is an obvious one; if your roof is missing a few shingles, or a lot of shingles, whether the loss was caused by high wind speeds or brutal storms, they need to be replaced immediately. Not all the time are missing shingles caused by improper fastening during installation, but usually the age and wear and tear the roof has experienced over the years.
- Roof rot.
Roof rot should be avoided at all costs. The only time you should ever experience roof rot is if you own a cabin you visit every five years in a very humid environment; only then is roof rot an exceptional excuse for a new roof. However, understandably there will be times roof rot takes over some parts of your home’s roof. But roof rot only points to one cause, leaks. Roof rot is caused by an absorption of moisture in the mat of the roof and it’s much more common if your roof is made up of organic-based shingles.
9. Ceiling leak spots.
If you take a look up at the ceiling of your attic, what do you notice? Are you noticing leak spots? If so, you’re definitely dealing with a roof leak. You may also notice ceiling stains if the water has leaked far enough down into your home. However, that doesn’t mean these leak spots can’t be noticed elsewhere. Leaks may also appear around vents, chimneys and sometimes, even rafters.
Clearly, there are plenty of signs you might have a roof leak on your hands. Although roof leaks are a terrible sign of your need for a roof repair or replacement, our roofing professionals are more than equipped to properly handle every repair and solution you need. Join Ace Roofing in Charlotte online today to learn all about our roofing services available; call today for a free roof inspection. In the meantime, stay tuned for our next blog that is geared towards helping you locate a stubborn roof leak.