Quick Roof Inspection
If you think you have a leak in your roof and need a repair there are a few signs to help you determine if you should call a professional. Aside from the obvious indicator of water dripping from your ceiling, you can also look for dark spots that weren’t previously there. This indicates a possible pooling of water on the sheetrock that makes up the ceiling. You can also look for sagging areas in your ceiling or wet walls or damp walls. This is an extreme sign that your ceiling is in danger of collapsing and should be addressed at once.
Emergency Roof Repair
Emergency roof repairs could be the difference between staying in your home or having to vacate because of larger, more significant issues. If you think there is a problem, you are probably right. In either event, contact a local roofer to find out for sure. Don’t depend on a family friend. Find someone that is experienced in local roofing. They are best suited to help you make these critical decisions.
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How to know if your roof is leaking
There are quite a few signs to watch out for to know whether or not your roof is leaking. If you find water stains or discoloration on your ceiling or walls, you should investigate further to see if it’s the result from a leak from your roof (this could mean going up into the attic, looking above ceiling tiles, etc.). Watching for damaged singles is another way to prevent leaks. When you spot one, getting it repaired quickly is important to keep damage minimal. Additionally, keep an eye on rusted flashing as water can also seep through.
If you notice mold or algae growing on the side of your home where the siding and roof connect, this could be a sign of leakage. Damaged flashing could be causing water to seep underneath and into the wall itself. If this isn’t noticed, it could eventually lead to dry rot!
Be wary of holes in your roof from satellites or brackets that have since been removed. Although these might be small holes, they can lead to big damage. While you can patch them yourself, sometimes it’s easier to have a professional come replace the entire shingle because of the hole size.
What leaks might be caused by
Just because a part of your roof has been repaired, that does not mean the damage has been fixed. It is important to know how the leaking is caused so that you, as the homeowner, can do everything possible to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
For the most part, leaks are actually most often caused by broken shingles or flashing. These tend to be the easiest to see as a homeowner, and we always recommend starting here when searching for the source of a leak. Another issue that might cause leaks is clogged gutters, or even condensation on the underside of the roof in the attic. After sitting for a while due to disuse, this condensation can turn into mold.
Another factor we see a lot in vacant or older homes is simply roof negligence. The roof could be too old and needs to be fully replaced, or it just hasn’t been maintained properly without tenants to take care of it. Those with skylights on newer homes might notice leaks as well due to improper installation. Without the proper sealants, water can easily find its way through the cracks of the skylight and cause damage or build up into mold.
How to prevent roofing leaks
In a worst-case scenario, you don’t notice a leak until it’s too late and damage has been done. The best way to prevent this from happening is getting routine inspections done every 1 to 3 years (however for older roofs, we always recommend yearly inspections).
Maintaining your gutters is another great way to reduce the odds of getting a roof leak. While sometimes it isn’t possible to prevent leaks, like in the case of storm damage, there are ways to reduce the chances. Being diligent in trimming overhanging trees and replacing worn out shingles are other ways to stay on top of your roof’s care. When there is a storm, your roof is less likely to bear the brunt of close limbs and trees if there are none there anyway.
Keeping an eye on your chimney and plumbing vents for proper seals is yet another way to prevent leaks. If you find any sort of damage or cracked sealant, it’s important to call an expert in immediately to replace it.
Lastly, it’s crucial that you know when to replace your roof. Repairs are great for fixing minimal leaks, but if half of your home is exposed due to storm damage, it’s time to take a look at getting a new roof. Additionally, if your home is over 15 years old, it makes more sense to replace it than continuing to patch it up.
Why Repair your Roof versus Replace?
It typically comes down to cost. At the end of the day running a home is just like running a business. Money you save in one area of the home can be used in other areas. One of the biggest indicators most homeowners face is a leaky roof. When it comes to water, you need to work with a professional roofer in Boise to decide whether you should replace or repair.
Water damage can cause a multitude of problems, including, but not limited to:
Mold – if mold is present it needs to be dealt with immediately. Most molds can cause significant health issues and aren’t to be taken lightly.
Electrical Fire Hazards – everyone knows that water and electricity do not mix. Open circuits that get wet can cause fire unexpected fires.
Collapsed Ceiling – water will compromise the structural integrity in your home and can cause a physical breakdown over time due to weakened rafter, joists, etc.
Higher Power Bills – attic insulation doesn’t do your home any good if it becomes wet. If it’s compromised by leaking water, you no longer providing the money savings benefit you depend on.
Why Choose Knox Roofing
Weather is often the main culprit behind roof damage, and the experts at Knox Roofing and Construction are the ones you want to call to repair it. While it is possible for someone to repair leaks in their roof, using a professional guarantees that the right materials, installation techniques, and safety methods are used to ensure a proper fix. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, we can save you the stress, time, and money of fixing leaks yourself.
We are dedicated to using the highest quality materials and workmanship on all of our clients’ repair projects. Because we are always learning and continuing to educate ourselves on new materials and better equipment, our clients receive the best service possible. We are 100% transparent with our clients and involve them in the process of fixing their roof from beginning to end, so they know exactly what is being done to their roof.
Here at Knox Roofing and Construction, we know how important it is that your roof is kept in the best shape. To keep your home and your family safe, we do everything we can to finish your roofing repair quickly and with the most minimal interruption possible.
Even if you do find a small leak coming from your roof, the chances of it getting repaired with no damage is good – as long as you catch it early. With proper inspections and regular maintenance like we mentioned above, your home’s roof has the potential to last well past its expected lifetime! However, if you believe your roof has a leak or might need to be replaced, call the experts in the industry you can trust – Knox Roofing and Construction.