Experiencing a roof leak is one of the most frustrating and inconvenient home repairs. For one thing, you can’t see it easily without taking risks you shouldn’t be taking – climbing on your roof. Here are some suggestions to help you determine what’s really going on with your roof. Please avoid climbing on your roof; let a professional Gainesville GA roof contractor do that – they’re trained and have the right protection and equipment.
If you suspect a leaky roof, be aware that it could just be moisture or humidity problems with your home. Let’s talk about that here for a few minutes.
Condensation or a Roof Leak?
If you see several small spots or stains on your ceiling material, and not just one big stain, there is a possibility that it’s a roof condensation problem. And remember, we say, “Possibility.” You’ll usually see these smaller stains or spots close to an exterior wall, and they’ll show up even when there has not been heavy rain.
Do you see a white center in the stain or spot? This could be mold growth, which would indicate a condensation issue. It may be that you need a water restoration specialist instead of a roofer. In any case, we’ll help you figure it out and direct you to the best company to help you.
A stain from a true leaking roof could be anywhere on your ceiling, not just close to a wall. And the opposite is true concerning the color of the stain. If you see a dark area in the center that gets increasingly lighter moving away from the center, it would indicate a potential leak. The darker the center area, the older the stain is. If you see this, don’t delay in calling us! The longer you wait, the worse the situation could become.
Is Your Ceiling Sagging?
When rainwater builds up on the ceiling, it will sag. Most ceilings are made from a material that will break down over time when wet. As the water is accumulating and softening your ceiling material, the more it will sag. This source is water must be evaluated; only then can the water be drained and the source of the problem dealt with.
Peeling Paint or Wallpaper
Wallpaper that is stripping away from the wall or peeling paint is a sign of a roof leak. If your paint is peeling paint on an inner wall as opposed to an exterior wall it is a stronger indication of a possible roof leak.
According to an article about roof leaks in Tidal Wave “Telltale signs of a leaky roof include ceiling water stains, sagging, peeling paint, mold, wet spots and standing water or damp odors. The most obvious course to cope with this is to follow the source of running water. Water typically comes in through run-down, damaged or missing shingles, where nails may have worked loose, or through deteriorated or poorly secured roof flashing around chimneys, vents, skylights or the various crossings of roof planes.”
What About Mold?
As we mentioned earlier, mold can be an indicator of a roof leak or condensation. As part of our roof inspection, we will look around your chimney and vents. This is usually where the mold will begin. One underlying cause of any mold is likely a leak in the flashing of a metal roof. It is easier to locate this type of roof leak as opposed to a leak from a shingle or tile.
Once it is determined you have a leak, we can then trace it back to the inside evidence you’re seeing and get a good idea of where the roof leak is on the outside. Having plans for your house is a huge help in locating the possible leak.
If you have a tile roof or roof shingles, fixing the leak can be a straight forward process. In most instances, the leak is from damaged or cracked tiles. If that is the case, you simply need to replace the tiles. You will need to also seal the new tile with roof cement.
In the case of a metal roof, we will need to locate the leak and then seal it with either roof cement or caulk.