Owning a house, or an apartment is a permanent investment. No matter how diligent you may think you are when it comes to home maintenance, there are always unexpected things that happen that require urgent attention.
For many homeowners, having to deal with a roof leak can be a truly horrifying experience, especially if it drains your finances.
Keep reading as we teach you how to identify a potential roof leak and give you a few tips and tricks on what to do when your roof is showing signs of leaking.
What Causes Roof Leaks?
Roof leaks are caused by many different factors. Anything that can cause damage to your roof can cause it to leak. It can be a heavy tree branch falling on your roof, or a crack in your shingles caused by the weather, or it could be some of those missing tiles that you always said that you’ll fix, or ice… the possibilities are truly endless.
How do I Identify a Roof Leak?
Roof leaks are not impossible to identify, and you do not need to be an expert to be able to identify some of the most common indicators of roof leaks.
When investigating roof leaks, try to look for water spots in your attic or on your walls and ceilings as they are usually a good indicator that water is entering through your roof.
Another possible indicator is missing or cracked shingles. Any of these two issues can easily lead to water entering your home.
We also notice that many homeowners tend to neglect their chimneys especially the flashing around the chimney and shingles that can chip away over time or crack, letting the water in.
If possible, try to see whether your roof decking is wet or if it is showing signs of mould or rot. If you live in areas particularly hit by snow blizzards ice dams can also form on your roof. As the snow slowly melts and glides down your roof, it refreezes during the evening and can damage your shingles in no time.
These are only some of the many signs of a roof leak. If you live in a rain-prone area, you can expect that your home will be more likely to be a victim of a roof leak.
Depending on the type and the quality of material in your attic, roof, and inside of your home, the damage may be visible rather early on, or it may take some time for it to show.
Do not forget that water tends to leak inside homes along many different surfaces, so a water spot does not mean the exact entry point of the water.
We assume that you are reading this article because you are not a roof repair expert, and we know how hard it is to find good Ottawa roofing contractors and experts. Luckily, here at Vanity Roofing, we have decades of precious knowledge about everything roof-related your mind can imagine. There is absolutely nothing that could surprise us at this point, and we want to use our experience and craft to ensure the safety of your home. Contact us and let’s get that roof fixed!