Identifying a Leak

Obviously, if you see even a single drop of water coming from your ceiling, you want to investigate the source right away. But a leaky roof won’t always announce its presence that readily. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends inspecting your roof twice a year, in the fall and spring.

On the inside, you should look for:

  • Dark spots
  • Spots where outside light shines through
  • Sagging
  • Signs of leaks or water damage

On the outside, you should keep an eye out for:

  • Missing, warped, rotting, peeling, broken, blistering, or buckling shingles
  • Clogged or slow-draining gutters/downspouts
  • Loose material or wear around chimneys or vents

The Dangers of Waiting

If a roof is fewer than 15 years old, it can probably be spot-repaired instead of requiring a total replacement. Just remember that a small leak will not go away — it will get worse.

Chances are, by the time a leak becomes readily identifiable, it’s likely just the tip of a much larger problem. Both danger and the probability of structural erosion increase if unaddressed.

Regular inspections are your best defense against a leaky roof. Be vigilant, search for leaks, and talk with your contractor about the condition of your roof regularly.