If it’s raining outside and you have water inside your home, you may have a problem with the roof. Lots of factors can affect the way your roof performs and how durable it will be. These factors will determine whether you need repairs or a total replacement. Bath Vision and Texas Home Solutions list some of the warning signs you need a new roof.
Multiple Roof Leaks
The biggest indication that you’re having issues with your roof is finding water in your home. You need to know that water can travel a long distance before the leak will present itself. When an ice dam forms on your roof it can create future leaks because the water won’t be able to pass it, penetrate the roof deck and enter your home. In situations where flashing has become loose or a few shingles have come loose or torn off you may only need to replace a certain area of the roof to fix the problem. Whenever you find water in your home you need to have the roof inspected before the problem gets worse and costs more to fix.
Water Stains on Ceiling
If you notice water stains on your ceiling or on the walls of your home, it’s a sign that water is dripping in your home somewhere. It’s also possible that there is condensation in your home. This can occur when warm, moist air rises into the attic and condenses. It will pool and then leak through to the ceiling. As soon as you notice water marks you need to have your roof inspected to see if a leak is the reason.
Roof Leak Mold on Walls
Mold and mildew growth on walls and ceilings might be due to a leaky roof. It may also be caused by condensation or a plumbing problem. You can check to make sure the insulation is dry, there is proper ventilation in your home and that there aren’t any plumbing problems. These issues are much cheaper to fix, so rule them out before assuming you need a new roof.
Paint Bubbling & Other Water Damage
If water is pooling under painted surfaces you may notice paint that is swelling, blistering or peeling. Not only does this make the paint look bad it can be a possible leak in your home. The roof may be the culprit, it might not. It’s the best place to start your investigating. Mold and mildew look ugly and can be hazardous to your family’s health, so deal with it as quickly as possible.
Granule Loss on Edge of Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are made up of granules. If you’re cleaning your gutters and you notice an accumulation of granules, it’s a sign that your roof is getting old and may need to be replaced. Granule loss is normal due to weathering processes and age, but you will need to have an inspection done to determine if it is “excessive”.