If your roof is old and you haven't inspected it within the last year, you should check it now! To avoid expensive and structural damage, follow our guide of issues to look for in your attic and roof.
Five Things To Inspect Your Attic For
Sure, it can be scary to go up in your attic, but the consequences of ignoring it are even more terrifying. Here are five things to check on:
Three Roofing Concerns and How To Detect Them
Additionally, here are three roofing concerns you can detect on your own:
It doesn't cost anything to walk up to your attic and look around, but it's expensive to make significant repairs or replacements, and now you know what to look for. So, if you find issues that need repair or a closer look, call Town Corners Roofing and Exteriors at (616) 772-9700 or fill out our contact form for a FREE estimate.
Great. So, a tree branch or piece of debris punctured your roof. You should stop what you're doing and get it fixed ASAP. If you live in West Michigan, Town Corners Roofing and Exteriors will prevent further damage from occurring.
Damage Will Get Worse With Time.
Is a perforated roof an exigent situation? Yes. As time goes on, the damage will get worse, and the repair costs will go up.
When debris breaks your roof, it can expose leaks that cause interior damage, like water stains and mold. Mold and mildew are dangerous for breathing and allergies. Additionally, you may notice a draft and higher utility bills.
Fix Your Roof Immediately.
Since fixing a fractured roof is urgent, call a roofing professional immediately. If you're unsure if the damage is there, book an inspection with a roofer. They can determine the source of the puncture, so it doesn't reoccur.
Roof repair is cost-efficient because it prevents replacement fees and a spike in energy bills, and you can choose only to repair the affected area.
In the meantime, minimize foot traffic on your roof, or avoid walking on it to prevent further exterior and interior damage.
If you suspect a hole in your roof, call Town Corners Roofing and Exteriors at 616-732-9700, or fill out our form for a FREE estimate. It's a pressing matter that requires a professional roofer.
What are a safe house and low energy bills worth to you?
April showers bring May flowers, or do they bring roof leaks?
Read this guide to be able to identify the signs of a roof leak by inspecting the interior and exterior of your house.
Why Is My Roof Leaking During Heavy Rain?
If you wait to repair a leak, even if it's small, you'll likely need a complete roof replacement. Because if left unattended, roof rot, mold, and mildew will develop.
When the snow melts, your roof becomes vulnerable. During the winter, ice dams block water from the gutters, forcing it to run back up the roof and seep under the shingles. Ice can crack the roof membrane due to the freeze-thaw cycle. When ice liquefies, it can dislodge the flashing. Gutters can sag and pull away from hydraulic pressure. Now add Spring rain to the mix, and you’ve got a leak!
How Do I Know If My Roof Is Leaking?
Look for these indoor signs of a leak:
Search for these outdoor signals of a leak:
Keep your home safe. West Michigan's Spring thaw can affect your roof in many ways. So, if you notice any indications of a leak, request a FREE Roof Inspection today!
You first notice discoloration on the ceiling in your kitchen. Maybe it’s just grease or condensation. You try to clean it off and notice it feels wet to the touch. Oh no! Your roof is leaking! Or maybe not. How is one to know?
For any household leak, keep in mind water flows down from the highest point, so the first step in the investigation is to check the space above the leak. If that’s your attic, inspect it during daylight so if there are any holes or cracks in your roof, you can see sunlight peeking through them. Also, bring a flashlight so you can see well enough to detect moisture above your problem spot, both in the attic ceiling and along the floor. Finally, look for pipes running above or near the leaky area. Inspect them to see if they are wet to the touch or the area around them is wet.
It is possible the problem is not your roof; it could be a pipe that has come loose, lost its seal, or is cracked. Pipe leaks don’t happen just in the attic. For example, if there is a bathroom above the leak stain, your toilet could be leaking, or the drain in the bathtub may not be sealed tight.
If you don’t find any obvious signs in the attic, observe whether the discolored area on your ceiling dries. Then, when it rains, check to see if it is wet to the touch again. This could indicate your gutters are clogged or leaking, which can spill over water into your walls and ceiling.
Standing and overflowing water rots the wooden fascia the gutters are installed on, which creates leaks and even mold in your home. To check for cracks in your gutters, besides the visually obvious, look for streaks or stains on your siding behind and under the gutters, or if your house is painted, look for peeling paint in the same area.
If you still need clarification on your persistent leaky spot, the top of your roof needs to be inspected for missing or loose shingles, air vents that have come loose, or improperly sealed flashing around the chimney or ventilation pipes.
If you have ruled out a plumbing issue, have found your gutters have created roof rot, or would like a professional roof inspection, contact Town Corners Roofing and Exteriors to solve the leaky spot mystery and stop it!