If a tree branch crashes into your
roof, and water pours through resulting cracks or holes, you know you
have a major problem. More often, though, roofs sustain water damage
in quieter, more subtle ways. Things like missing shingles, poor
flashing or underlayment installation, or erosion as the result of
roof algae, allow moisture to seep into the roof over time.
Failing to notice the most common signs
your roof has sustained water damage means more complicated and
expensive roof repairs down the road. In worst-case scenarios, your
water damaged roof may require a complete replacement, years before
it should have.
Keep an Eye Out For Signs of Water Damage In Your Roof
Keeping your eye out, knowing what to
look for, and observing
routine roof inspections and maintenance, are the best methods
for discovering signs of water damage. The sooner these issues are
amended and repaired, the more money you’ll save (and the better
chance you’ll have of preserving your roof’s warranty terms!) in
the long run.
Discoloration on ceilings
You’re laying on the couch, on the floor, or in bed – when all of a sudden you notice a slight discoloration on the ceiling. It might be a yellowish or cream color, it may be brown, gray, or black. Most often it has some type of definable border or boundary that spreads out from a focal point, although not always. You’re looking at a water stain.
Water stains may also appear in the
corners, around vents or chimneys, near skylights
or solar tubes, and other areas where water has wicked down and
begun to seep into interior living spaces. They’re always a sign of
sustained water damage in one form or another and need to be
investigated. This type of damage can take place as the result of a
single storm, or it may have been the final accumulation of a few
seasons-worth of water seeping and creeping in from a minor roof
Missing or damaged shingles
Shingles are the first defense, or
shield, against water damage. They are designed to move water down
and out from your home’s interior. If the
roof’s shingles are missing or damaged, the areas underneath
are left vulnerable to water damage.
Pieces of shingles or whole
shingles on the ground around the roof’s perimeter
Sagging or bulging sections of the ceiling can be a sign of water damage
Sometimes, people write off a sagging
or bulging section of their ceiling – assuming it’ a dry,
structural issue that can be repaired when there’s a
little more money in the coffers. Actually, a sagging or drooping
section of the ceiling is a sign of significant water damage above –
even if there isn’t any water staining on your side of things.
Sections of the roof are soft or spongy
Do you perform your own, DIY roof inspection or repairs? Good for you. While most evidence of water damaged roofing materials is visible to the naked eye, some of the signs are not. Once in awhile, water seeps through shingles, underlayments or flashing through tiny cracks or penetrations.
Evidence of this type of water-related roof damage shows up when you walk or crawl on the roof and the surface feels soft or spongy in sections. You may also hear it creak or make unusual sounds. Don’t assume that because the surface looks okay –it is okay. Do further homework or contact a licensed roofing contractor to perform a professional assessment.
Damaged plumbing vents or other roof penetrations
Your roof is full of penetrations from
structural systems, including plumbing vents, electrical/cable
penetrations, the chimney, skylights, and so on. All of these are
installed with care and sealed. However, the elements, time and lack
of maintenance results in damage or eroded components and seals,
which allow water to penetrate the roof’s surface – even if you
haven’t seen signs of water damage.
Don’t let unintentional neglect or procrastination get the best of your roof. Take a look around the house and on top of the roof, or contact the professionals to do it for you, so you can prevent water damage before we head into the next storm.
We Can Help You Prevent Water Damage
Bay Roofing & Restoration has been to go-to roofing
professional here in the Bay Area for 40 years and counting. Let our
team of experts give your roof the once over and repair any potential
issues before they turn into unnecessary repairs.