Whether from natural or unnatural causes, the roof of a home can experience leaks, especially in wet climates. Roof leaks may pose a risk to health, as well as structural damage to a home. When a leaky roof causes water to be seeping into the interior of a house or onto a property’s surface, mold growth may result. In the worst-case scenario, mold infestations may result in serious structural damage to a home. Because leaks often occur near rooflines, leaks should never be ignored, as they may escalate and result in larger issues.
If the leaky roof is most likely caused by localized damage, such as stripping shingles, broken flashings, or cracked flashings, fixing or replacing the damaged shingles or flashing in that particular area is usually the most practical solution for a leaking area. If the damage is widespread or is included within a thicker area of flashing and not just to the area of roofing, partial or full roof leak repair may be needed. The goal of repair is to either eliminate the water source or to locate and fix any leaking area in the roof. This process is best performed by a professional roofer.
Sometimes the problem lies in the roofing material. It is often difficult to repair damage caused by nails or shingle breakage because the damage may already be contained within the flashing. For this reason, hiring a roofing expert will make the job much easier and faster. A roofing expert will assess the roof and surrounding areas and come up with a solution based on the type of damage detected. He will also know how to address the specific issue in a timely manner so that it does not become a bigger problem.
Sometimes, the cause of roof leak repair problems lies more in finding the source of the leaking water stains rather than in locating the repair itself. For instance, if you have found water stains on your drywall that appears to have drips, but you think it is just a dripped bead, you need to know if there is a greater risk of the water stains being organic in nature. For instance, tree sap, algae, moss, fungus, and similar organic matter can soak into your drywall, causing those awful water stains. If the water stains are coming from a roof leak, the organic matter may need to be taken out of the area. If you find mold or moss growing in an odd place in your house, it might also be a good idea to get a professional to check the area for structural integrity.
Finally, if you are unsure about whether the source of your roof leak lies in your gutters, you should call a professional roofing contractor as soon as possible. Gutters are designed to collect rainwater running off your roof and directed down to the ground. A clogged gutter or missing gutters could mean a lot more work for you in the long run.
Roof leaks are a pain and can be very difficult to locate. Fortunately, if you identify a leak as a water stain, it is a lot easier to find and fix than it would be if you were dealing with a big problem like mold or rotting wood. However, even if you manage to locate the source of the leak without having to replace the entire roof, it is still better to have a professional roofing contractor (or his or her contractor’s) check the roof to make sure that replacing it is not the best option. It is better to spend money on a professional roof repair than to have to replace the entire roof. As far as the cost of roof replacement goes, it is usually more expensive than a small leak.