An Expert’s Guide on How to Spot the Early Signs of Roof Water Damage

Most people don’t worry about the condition of their home’s roof until it leaks. 

A large storm comes along, and all of a sudden, your ceiling is dripping. You’re running for containers to catch the water and wondering why you didn’t see this coming.

Water damage from a leaking roof can wreak havoc on your home, and lead to a complete roof replacement. But there are early warning signs of roof water damage you can look out for, so you can take action BEFORE the water intrudes into your home.

Here’s an expert’s guide on how to spot those warning signs.

Stains are First Sign of Roof Water Damage

If you notice discoloration on your ceilings and/or walls that are creme, yellow, or light brown, you might have a slow leak in the roof. Slow leaks, while not an immediate issue, should not be ignored.

It can be difficult to find the source of a slow leak, so it’s a good idea to call a roofing contractor to help track down the cause of the problem. 

Sometimes spots on the ceiling can be caused by windows, condensation, plumbing, or even condensation on the plumbing pipes. However, if the spots darken, or grow in size after it rains, the roof is likely the culprit and should be checked.

Granules in Gutters

Granules from the roof’s shingles will eventually slough off over time as the roof ages. Granules protect against the sun’s UV rays, so once they’re gone, the shingles can become brittle and worn. 

If you see a lot of granules after heavy rain or even pieces of shingle in your gutters, that might mean you need multiple shingle replacements. Before you call a pro, check with the shingle manufacturer to see if the shingles are still under warranty. 

Sagging or Spongy Decking

Water damage in your roof may cause dark spots to show up in the wooden decking under your shingles.

You can also check for this type of roof damage by carefully walking or crawling on the roof, checking for creaking, or other unusual sounds.  The roof’s surface will feel soft or spongy, as well. 

If you are up on the roof, check the shingles for wear, cracks, or cupping. Also, look for any missing shingles. Contact a roofing expert for a professional inspection at this point.

Water Spots on Exterior Walls

Spots or stains on the exterior walls of a building indicate damage to the step flashing, which is the section where the roof meets the wall. Over time, the step flashing can become rusty and loose, allowing rainwater to spot your walls. 

Replacing the flashing is a tricky repair, so it’s best to get expert help with this task.

What to Do When You Have Roof Water Damage

If you see any of these signs, contact us for a complete inspection of your roof.  We can offer repair and replacement solutions for your roof water damage so you can be confident that your roof is both sturdy and leak-proof.