Do you suspect that your roof is leaking, but you’re not sure how to spot a roof leak? In this article, we’ll walk you through a few of the signs to look for. We’ll also let you know when you should be calling a roof repair company, and when it might not be that serious.
One of the first giveaways that your roof is leaking is when you see water spots on your ceiling. These are especially common around vents and chimneys. For commercial properties that have ceiling tiles, it’s pretty easy to see the dark spots that indicate there’s been a roof leak.
You might want to double check that it’s not something unrelated, like condensation from your air conditioner, or vent before you get too concerned. If there’s no other visible source for the water, or (especially) if you have other reasons to suspect damage to your roof, such as any of the signs covered in the next section, you’ll want to call a roof repair company to come do an inspection.
Inspect Your Roof
A visual inspection (from the ground) should be done every 3-4 months, to catch any minor issues before they become serious problems. This is especially true for shingle roofs, as many problems can be spotted from clues like:
- Buckled shingles
- Curling shingles
- Missing shingles
- Damaged shingles
Regardless of what type of roof you have, if you see an area that appears damaged, or that might be missing its roofing material, that’s an indication of a leak waiting to happen (or already there).
Normal weather like wind, rain and hail can take its toll on your roof. Curious animals can dig through weaker areas, causing serious leaks, and people walking on your roof can also unknowingly cause damage.
Another thing to keep an eye out for is debris on your roof. This is, again, particularly the case with shingle roofs, as a piece of debris, such as a small branch, can retain moisture, which can lead to mildew. This can weaken your roof’s structure and shorten its lifespan. So if you see debris up there, try to get it down, if you can do so safely.
Oftentimes, you can catch the leak before it has caused any serious damage inside your property, simply by keeping an eye on your roof. If you spot anything out of the ordinary, it’s usually better to play it safe and give us a call for a thorough inspection. In many cases, roof repair can be covered by your insurance!