Finding a leak and repairing it immediately can be the difference between a few hundred dollars in repairs to tens of thousands for a complete roof replacement. Once of the easier ways to keep an eye on problems without going up onto the roof, is to look for signs of potential problems from within. Take a little time and do an indoor roof inspection, if you see any of these signs, you should address them immediately!
(1) Sagging decking between the rafters.
If the decking is sagging or deteriorating, the decking will also require replacement when a new roof is installed.
(2) Outside light that can be seen through the roof.
This may be common (and not a problem) on shake roofs, since the wooden shakes will swell during the wet months, effectively preventing any leaks but on others it likely indicates a problem.
(3) Signs of leaking in the attic (dark spots in the wood, especially around vents, chimneys, and other holes to the roof).
Test dark spots in the wood to decide if they are old or current problems. If the spot is still wet, or if it is soft (test with a screwdriver), the spot is a current problem. If the spot is dry and hard, it is most likely an old problem that has been fixed.
(4) Signs of water damage or leaking (usually in the form of water stains, or sagging ceilings)
These signs could be due to an active leak in the roof or to condensation caused by poor roof ventilation.
Any of these signs indicate the need for immediate repair or even a new roof entirely. The best way to know for sure is to contact a professional roof contractor, like Atlanta Roofing Specialists. A professional roof contractor will be able to clearly identify the problem and present a solution to not only repair it but prevent it from occurring again!
If you notice any of these signs in your home, don’t freak out, and definitely don’t ignore them, call a professional roof contractor immediately! If you’re in Metro Atlanta, Atlanta Roofing Specialists has been handling Metro Atlanta’s roofs for over 20 years! No job is too big or too small and we’ll take the time to explain your dilemma and the available solutions and have your home back in shape as fast as possible!
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