Broken roof shingles create openings for rainwater to enter your home. This can lead to structural problems and health concerns. However, while some roof leaks may be obvious, others might produce only subtle signs, letting water continue to come in undetected. Therefore, watch out for the following so that you can repair issues before they become more serious.
How to Tell If You Have a Hidden Roof Leak
1. Damaged Roof Shingles
A roof shingle with a small puncture, thin crack, or loosened edge can create enough space for water to seep into a home. Often, the shingle will show evidence of water damage, such as curling around the edges or blistering and bubbling; the latter can dislodge shingle granules, so you might notice a buildup of particles in your gutters or on the lawn.
In addition to cleaning out your gutters, which may help you spot this problem, arrange for a professional roof inspection annually.
2. Mold Growth
Mold thrives in dark, moist environments. Once water gets under roof shingles and underlayment and away from the sun, it encounters the perfect atmosphere for its growth.
Mold can develop any place water can reach, which means that it can appear inside your ceilings and walls when a hidden leak flows unchecked. Signs of spores include a musty, stale odor and physical symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes. In extreme cases, you may have breathing difficulties.
3. A Stained Ceiling
A leak that has had time to penetrate into the drywall or plaster of your ceiling can cause staining. The stain may not be noticeable at first, but a slow, hidden leak will gradually expand and darken.
The staining might appear in other places as well, like on walls, around windows or doors, or in the corners of a room. Keep in mind, a small stain doesn’t necessarily mean a small leak; there could be more extensive damage concealed elsewhere in the ceiling or walls.
If you notice any of the above signs, make roof repair a priority. AMCAT Roofing in Durango serves property owners throughout Colorado. In addition to repairs, they perform roof replacements and storm restorations, providing both residential and commercial clients the most comprehensive roofing solutions in the area. Call (970) 799-6759 to request an estimate. Visit the website to learn more about their offerings.