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3 Sneaky Signs That Your Roof is Leaking

A roof leak causes some serious damage to your household. If not noticed, it can bring in expensive repairs. Water from a leaking roof can work its way down to your foundation, causing your foundation to rot and decay, resulting in serious structural damage. Roof leaks can become more costly over time which is why it's important to fix the small roof leaks as soon as you find them.

When you notice the initial signs of a leak it can be difficult to determine how bad the damage really is. Check out these tips on catching common roof leaks before they start costing you some serious cash!

Shingles Showing Signs of Damage

Your shingles are one of the first things that come to mind when thinking about your roof's integrity. Common asphalt shingles normally have a lifespan of 10-15 years, but it all depends on your home's climate, rainfall levels and hail. If your roof is over 20 years old, it could have cracked or missing shingles. The best way to find out if its time to change out the shingles is if there is moss, algae, or shingles curling. It's important to have your shingles inspected a couple times per year or after a big storm just to make sure there is no leak-causing damage.

Flashing Importance

Flashing is one of the most important aspects when it comes to your roof. Flashing helps to redirect the water from vulnerable areas and guide them away. If there is damaged or missing flashing around the edges and valleys of your roof, water can leak into your home. 

Chimney Issues

Chimney roof leaks are mainly caused by gaps or cracks between the chimney flashing. Finding a leak on your chimney can be a frustrating thing because there are many entry points. For the majority of the time, it's a problem with the flashing; it can pull away from the chimney causing an entry point for rainwater.

Addressing a Roof Leak

If you notice signs of a leak in your home, have no fear – there are a couple of ways you can find immediate relief. You'll also want to make sure to call a local, trusted roofing expert.  

Applying a Tarp

If you are able to access the affected area of your leaky roof easily and safely, you may be able to put a tarp down for some leak relief. This should only be done if you feel like your roof is dry enough to access and you will not risk a fall.

Our roofing experts at Trotter Roofing & Gutters can swing by your house to apply a free tarp while we get your roof scheduled for repair or replacement.

Check The Attic 

When looking for a roof leak you should always look in the attic. Check every rafter for moisture, look at where a ceiling porch and main roof connect or where a window that might meet the roof. When checking the attic floor, use a flashlight and look for moisture and water stains.

If you notice mold in your attic, contact a mold remediation expert immediately.

Call Trotter Roofing & Gutters 

Call us as soon as you can! We want to make sure your home is safe and has no future problems. Our professionals will perform a full inspection of your roof, and can give you an estimate on a roof replacement the same day. Call us at 440-610-9100!

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