A leaking roof is not a nice thing to discover. The job of your roof is to protect everything inside your home from getting wet. Sure, it is part of the system for temperature control and protects you from wind, but the most important job is to keep you and your belongings dry.
When it fails, we can help. We will do a thorough inspection and diagnose where the failure is and recommend an appropriate resolution.
Construemax can tell you when a new roof might be necessary or when repairs are what you really need. Additionally, we can help you with whatever water damage you sustained from leaking.
To Repair Or Replace, That Is The Question
Whether you need to replace your roof or only need a repair is an important question to answer. Many factors come into play including the age of the roof, the extent of the leaks, what caused the leaks, etc. We can help you determine what is needed and what is not.
Repairing a roof leak will always be less expensive in the short term, if it can be repaired. But if a repair is not the most appropriate, it might be more costly.
Repairing a roof leak takes a special skill so some roofers might want to just replace the whole thing. We look out for your needs and if a repair is all that is needed, that’s what we’ll recommend. We have skilled roofers who can do repairs when that is all that is needed.
Of course, with an old roof, it may be best to simply replace the roof as the leaks will only get more common and damaging anyway.
Water Damage From Roof Leaks Can Be Significant
When a roof leaks the first thing compromised is the attic insulation, but very quickly the water will start damaging your ceilings and walls. A small leak can go undetected for some time, so if you start to see signs of a leak, it’s time to take action right away. From the inside of your house, you may see signs such as:
- Water dripping in your home from the ceiling
- Brown stains on your ceiling
- Brown stains on your walls, normally near the top
- Waterlogged drywall on the ceiling or walls
- Water stains around your bathroom exhaust fan
- The roof is wet on the underside as seen in the attic
If you have ANY of these symptoms you need to address them right away.
If there is an active leak or the ceilings are currently wet, you have problems brewing beyond your roof. You need to replace the wet drywall and get an experienced mitigation specialist to inspect for microbial growth. Left alone, it will form into a thriving and dangerous mold colony. That gets even more invasive and expensive to address. But you need to get your roof fixed or replaced right away to prevent the interior damage from becoming a bigger problem.
Threats to Your Roof
No roof lasts forever. And sometimes the weather or misfortune will conspire to shorten it’s life or be compromised. When it fails, it will allow water in your home and cause damage.
When this water intrusion happens, whether from a hurricane, tornado, high winds, hail – or tree branches fall on your home, you need a professional. We will inspect it and see if there is damage to your roof. You might have damage to your roof that will cause it to leak, sometimes right away, sometimes not. Sometimes after time has passed it starts to fail.
External Indicators of a Potential Roof Leak Problem
There are external indicators you can look for that suggest roof problems. Some are more obvious than others. Things to look for include:
- Shingles were blown off your roof
- Cracked or missing tiles
- Metal roof with dents or edges turned up or wrinkled
- Moss or algae growing on your roof or exterior walls
- Shingles that are broken, buckling, or not flat – visible from the ground
- Missing or damaged soffit or fascia around your eves
- Flashing is missing or damaged
Maintain Your Roof
As you can see, roofs manifest damage in so many different ways. A new roof will protect your home from water intrusion in all but the most drastic catastrophes like a fallen tree, tornado, or hurricane – when the roof is under direct attack. But as with everything that ages it will eventually fail. As such, you should consider roof maintenance as part of your home preservation.
The time will come to replace your roof. We hope you will do that before you have damaging leaks.
We hope you never need our services, but if the unexpected does happen, Relax, Trust Construemax.