The primary purpose of a roof is to protect a given structure from moisture and other elements, and the first signs it’s failing to do so are often leaks of some kind. Sometimes easily visible but also commonly hard to locate, roof leaks tend to start out relatively minor, but over time will grow into much more significant concerns.
At Roofing Pioneers, LLC, we’re here to help remedy any leaks or related roofing issues with our high-quality roof repair services. While many of our competitors will take any excuse to recommend a costlier roofing replacement, we’ll look for situations where we can provide quality, lasting repairs that do come at a far more reasonable cost. Here’s a quick primer on how to spot the signs of a leaking roof early, before it grows into a larger issue.
In many cases, the first signs of a leak in your roof will not be visual – they’ll be in the form of a specific odor that begins to permeate. This is generally a musty smell, one that’s associated with mold, mildew and related growths associated with moisture content.
The smell will often begin to show up in upper areas of the home, such as second floors or attics. Over time, though, it will permeate through the entire home. Covering it with sprays or other products will not resolve the core issue; if you cannot identify the leak yourself based on available evidence, this is time to call our pros for assistance.
Warping or Discoloration
In other cases, you’ll notice warping and paint discoloration coming from your ceilings or walls, particularly on upper floors. White paint, for instance, will turn yellowish-brown when dripping water streaks down it for long enough.
You may also notice bubbles or a warping theme taking place. These are common signs water is building up in the ceiling or another area of your structure, usually caused by a roof leak you can now attempt to identify.
Every so often, it pays to visually inspect your roof. This can either be done on your own or by one of our professionals – if you’re at all concerned about doing this safely, call our team and let us handle it for you.
Another area to check every so often is the inside of your home’s attic. In many situations, roof leaks won’t be visible from the actual surface of the roof, but will be easily seen from the underside, which is found in the attic. You’ll often even see rays of light beaming into an otherwise dark room – there couldn’t be a clearer sign that a leak is present. In other situations, odors or water damage may indicate the leak. For more on identifying leaks early before they become major concerns, or to learn about any of our roof repair or roofing installation services, speak to the roofing contractors at Roofing Pioneers today.