Signs Your Roof May Be Failing (That You Can Look For)

Catching and repairing a potential roof problem can be the difference between a few hundred dollars in repairs to tens of thousands for complete roof replacement. One 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, call Atlanta Roofing Specialists ASAP for a full inspection and estimate at no charge. These are the types of problems that can be inexpensive (compared to roof replacement) to repair if caught early.

  • Sagging decking between the rafters. If the decking is sagging or deteriorating, this can indicate a build up of moisture or water and should be addressed immediately as this is one of the more serious signs of an impending disaster.
  • 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. On most other roof types, not so much, holes are never a good sign and can be indicative of damage elsewhere.
  • Signs of leaking in the attic (dark spots in the wood, especially around vents, chimneys, and other holes to the roof). Leaks are an obvious sign of trouble, and are the type of problems that grow over time if not addressed.
    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. If in doubt, a professional inspection may be in order.
  • Signs of water damage or leaking (usually in the form of water stains, or sagging ceilings) on your ceiling, this could be due to an active leak in the roof or to condensation caused by poor roof ventilation. In any case, it is a sign that there is a problem with your roof, and it only gets worse the longer it sits.
  • Any of these signs may indicate the need for immediate repair or even a new roof entirely, after your free inspection from Atlanta Roofing you will be able to make the decision on what is best for you and your house. If your roof is older, sometimes the costs of constantly repairing a roof can fair out weigh the costs of replacing the roof, both in terms of money and aggravation. Having a professional contractor, like Atlanta Roofing, come out and explain the problems and solutions available will arm you with the information you need to make the right decision.

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