When you think of a roof leak, you probably picture water dripping from your ceiling into a bucket. While that can and does happen, not all leaks are the same. There are different causes of roof leaks and different ways to find a roof leak. However, all leaking roofs do have one thing in common: they are damaging. If left untreated, their impact can be devastating.
Identifying the signs of a roof leak early on can help you avoid extensive and costly damage. When you’re determining how to find a roof leak, you must perform an indoor and outdoor inspection. Our team of experienced roofers at Aastro Roofing have compiled a list of the top five signs of a roof leak that you should look out for when inspecting your home.
Buckling or Curling Shingles
Before you fix a roof leak, check your shingles. Over 70% of domestic roofing is composed of asphalt shingles, and it’s the material that we recommend the most to use in South Florida. Due to their lightweight build and impressive durability and longevity, these shingles can withstand high amounts of rainfall. That’s not to say weathered shingles are without damage, especially after years of hurricanes and tropical storms.
The most common sign of a roof leak is buckling or curling shingles. Curling shingles will curl at the corners, lifting away from the roof. Buckling shingles will buckle in the center, creating a gap between the shingle and the roof. When these occur to your shingled roof, it allows rain to seep into it, causing a leak. The quicker you find damaged shingles, the quicker you can stop the damage.
Spots On Your Ceiling, Roof, or Walls
Ceiling leaks from rain are the most common. This is especially true in South Florida, where the annual rainfall is consistently above the national average. One of the main signs of a roof leak is a water stain on the ceiling or any external spots/stains on your roof and walls. These are typically light brown in color, and the size of the stain or spot can help you identify how big the leak is.
Spots on your ceiling, roof, or walls do not necessarily mean that you have a roof leak. However, if any spots get bigger or darker every time it rains, then you need to get a roof repair as soon as possible.
Moisture or Mold In Your Attic
If you’re wondering how to spot a roof leak inside the house, you can also check for mold or moisture in your attic. This moisture can cause spots in your ceiling, which is why you need to keep an eye out for any size or color changes.
Condensation buildup is the main cause of leaks caused by attic-sourced moisture. If you notice excess amounts of condensation in your home (like moisture in your attic or on the windows of your home) then there is a chance you have a roof leak. The roof leak might only be affecting a small area of your ceiling, but the condensation can cause it to spread and create mold.
Loose or Rusted Step Flashing
Finding a roof leak when you have no attic to check for moisture or mold could be difficult, but not impossible. If you don’t have an attic, we recommend checking for loose or rusted step flashing.
Flashing is a thin sheet of water-resistant material that’s installed wherever your roof intersects or meets the house — at windows, doors, and walls — to keep water flow away from your home. Instead of water going against the siding and into the shingles, the flashing directs it towards the gutters, where it flows off the roof. In the event that your roof’s flashing has rust or is loose, water can get into the shingles causing a roof leak.
Damaged or Missing Granules
Granules are the added texture on your shingles that are more than just decoration. Shingle granules make the shingles more durable, fire-resistant and UV-resistant. Over time, it’s normal for some granule loss, but an excess amount is never good.
If you walk the perimeter of your home, you might notice a buildup of granules where the gutter runoff is. You also might notice a discoloration or bareness of your shingles—all of these are signs of weakening or damaged granules. The problem with missing or damaged granules is that your shingles are less protected from rain and are more prone to leaks.
South Florida’s weather can be unforgiving. When you notice any signs of a roof leak you need to call the most experienced, professional roofing contractors around. At Aastro Roofing, we have decades of experience in leak repair and replacing roofs, and we can quickly fix your leaking roof at a fair and affordable price. Contact us today at at (561) 409-3280. for a free estimate on your roof repair!