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June 16, 2017 by
A roof leak is a homeowner’s worst nightmare and if one goes undiscovered too long, it can quickly rack up thousands in repair costs. Since it’s to your advantage to catch a roof leak as early as possible, here are a few warning signs to watch for.
Moss on the roof
Moss is a good indicator for a roof leak because moss acts like a sponge and the sections of roof where moss is present are constantly exposed to water and that will eventually lead to a roof leak. Even if you don’t have a leak yet it’s important to take care of moss on your roof.
Cracked, curling, or missing shingles
Shingles crack, curl, or flyaway due to constant exposure to the sun and wind. Any damaged or missing shingles are vulnerable sections that may lead to a roof leak.
Damaged flashing
Flashing is the underlayer beneath the shingles in the more vulnerable parts of your roof such as in roof valleys and around chimneys, vents, and skylights. If the flashing is damaged or if the seal around it is compromised, there’s a good chance you have a leak.
Granule loss
Asphalt shingles have little ceramic granules that act as a protective coating. When they age, the granules will fall off and accumulate in the rain gutters. When this happens, they start to wear thin and water can get through.
Water spots in the attic or on the ceiling
When discoloration from water stains appear in the attic or on the ceiling, consider that your last warning before water is pouring in.
Since water has a way of traveling between the source of the leak and the dripping, having a Spokane roofing company come out to inspect is your best chance for finding and fixing the source of the leak.
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