Like most things around the house where you may discover there’s some damage and disrepair, it’s best to get to the problem quickly. The longer you wait, the potential for further damage to occur. But it’s even more critical for the roof of your home because, well, it’s the roof over you and your family’s heads.
This is the last line of defense from outside impacts damaging your belongings and making your home an uncomfortable place to live. If you allow the roof to deteriorate, the option for repair becomes less likely and you realize you soon need to replace your roof. But we here at KTM Roofing Company want to help you avoid spending more money than need be on a roof leak.
So the next time you identify a leak in your roof, here are some of the things that you should perform (or have performed) in order to keep this basic component of your home in top working order.
Having Your Roof Inspected
This is something you need to do on an annual basis, otherwise you might have a much tougher time trying to determine the good from the bad when it comes to dealing with any problems or issues.
This is something that you can perform all on your own, you don’t necessarily need to have a licensed contractor doing the checkup for you. Check for any signs of damage by simply looking around and finding where your roofing materials may be showing signs of wear and tear or other vulnerabilities.
Among the most common determining factors that can point out obvious concerns for damaged roofing is discoloration of any kind. You’ll be able to see this on the outside and inside of your home and any such sign of disrepair is often a tell-tale indication of water damage. Since leaky roofing usually means water is seeping in, the evidence of moisture is evident in ceilings and walls in the home.
Damaged or Destroyed Shingles
When you go up on the roof, take a long look at the roofing shingles you have up there. Older homes will usually start to demonstrate signs of aging on the roof and the shingles will often be the component that takes the most punishment.
Damaged or broken shingles are typically among the most common contributors as to why a roof may have a leak. Even those shingles that aren’t physically damaged may have shifted out of place or become dislodged from their original location. In any of these instances, you could be making it a lot easier for water to enter the home so be sure that your shingles are not compromised in any way.
Otherwise, you could be permitting water damage to occur.
Searching for these problems will allow you to fix your roof properly and in a timely manner. But be sure to do it on at least once a year or after a harsh storm or other inclement weather event where the condition of the roof could be compromised in any way.