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How To Stop Roof Leaks Before They Start
Few home repairs are as expensive, or as intrusive, as fixing the roof. Even a small leak in your roof could lead to extensive water damage, ruined furniture and thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs and insurance claims. A larger failure could render your home uninhabitable while repairs are being made, disrupting your life and the lives of your family members.
As with any other home repair issue, the best defense against looming roof repairs is preventing the problem before it has a chance to start. If you can catch a roof problem early, you can make small repairs and head off larger issues down the road.
Unfortunately, roof problems do not announce themselves, and it is easy to miss the earliest signs. Being vigilant and knowing your home are the best ways to stop roof leaks before they start.
One of the most effective ways to head off roof repairs and keep your home in great shape is to make sure your shingles are in good shape. Storm damage can really take a toll on your roof, blowing shingles away and leaving the underlying roof largely unprotected. Taking a look at your roof after every storm is one of the best ways to stop a minor roof problem from becoming a larger one.
Even if you do not spot any missing shingles, you could be looking at a lurking roof problem. When you check your roof, watch out for curling and loosened shingles as well. Curled shingles could mean that moisture has found its way underneath and compromised the integrity of your roof.
The growth of algae and mold is another early warning sign of damage caused by moisture. Look for striping that could indicate the growth of mold and algae - and call a roofing contractor if you spot it.
While many early warning signs of a leaking roof are on the outside of your home, others are on the inside. Do not ignore things like wet spots on the ceiling. Those wet spots could mean that moisture is finding its way through the attic and down to the interior of your home.
Leaks inside the home are obviously cause for alarm. Even if the leak is a small one and only happens after a heavy downpour, you need to deal with it sooner rather than later. Even the smallest leaks will get worse over time, and failing to deal with them promptly could put your entire roof at risk.
Fixing a leaking roof is one of the most expensive home repairs you can do, and the longer you wait the greater the damage - and the cost - will be. Catching a roof leak early and dealing with it promptly can save you a lot of time, hassle and money.