Identifying a Leak
Obviously, if you see even a single drop of water coming from your ceiling, you want to investigate the source right away. But a leaky roof won’t always announce its presence that readily. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends inspecting your roof twice a year, in the fall and spring.
On the inside, you should look for:
- Dark spots
- Spots where outside light shines through
- Signs of leaks or water damage
On the outside, you should keep an eye out for:
- Missing, warped, rotting, peeling, broken, blistering, or buckling shingles
- Clogged or slow-draining gutters/downspouts
- Loose material or wear around chimneys or vents
The Dangers of Waiting
If a roof is fewer than 15 years old, it can probably be spot-repaired instead of requiring a total replacement. Just remember that a small leak will not go away — it will get worse.
Chances are, by the time a leak becomes readily identifiable, it’s likely just the tip of a much larger problem. Both danger and the probability of structural erosion increase if unaddressed.
Regular inspections are your best defense against a leaky roof. Be vigilant, search for leaks, and talk with your contractor about the condition of your roof regularly.