It's not every time your roof is leaking that it needs to be replaced. Many times the life of a roof can be extended by care, maintenance and repair. One of the things we pride ourselves in at Cougar Construction & Roofing is providing an "honest" assessment of your roofs current condition. We have a family owned multi-generational business model so it is important that our reputation is excellent for the long run. For that reason we aim to cultivate a "long term" client relationship base which is why we do not always recommend a reroof on every job. As a homeowner there is information that we can equip you with that will help you identify early signs that areas of your roof are failing. If we can help you to catch those signs at the beginning stages then we can fix them and help your roof to live a much longer life.
Signs Of A Roof Leak
Water Stained Walls & Ceilings
One of the very first signs that you have a roof leak is water staining. Water staining is when you see discoloration on the ceiling or wall. Its often a round spot on the ceiling that looks darker that the rest of the surrounding area. When you see discoloration on your drywall you need to immediately take a look into the attic and find out what is going on under the roof.
Dark Stains In The Attic From Water & Mold
Another tell tale sign of a roof leak can be found in the attic. When a area of the roof is compromised it will leave a very clear "water migration stain" on the roof substrate. You can often pinpoint where a roof leak started by following the migration trail to the point of entry. If an attic has substantial water intrusion for a prolonged period of time it will often result in attic mold which appears as dark coloring in spots or covering the entire attic if the moisture level is extreme. This is very dangerous and could have damaging effects on your health so it is important to take care of these issues as soon as they arise.
Missing, Cracking & Curling Shingles
The condition of your shingles obviously plays a huge role in keeping your home dry. Over time with exposure to the the sun, snow, different temperatures and conditions shingles can be adversely affected. If your shingles are curling up along the edges or show signs of cracking these are both conditions that water intrusion can take place. Some times after a good wind storm you will notice that a few shingles are either missing completely or hanging off the roof partially attached. Your roof is vulnerable when shingles are missing so make sure you get them replaced right away and check your roof immediately after a storm.
A Few Other Areas To Check
A few other areas to check when you have eliminated the obvious items listed above are sheet metal flashing areas and pipe boots. Sheet metal flashings protect some of the most vulnerable areas of the roof such as behind chimneys and skylights, valleys and roof to wall transitions. On an older system if the nails in the flashings pull up or the sheet metal flashings rust out they can give way to water. A good roof technician will be able to help you diagnose if your flashings are still keeping out water. Our last item on the check list are plumbing pipe boots. Some contractors use pipe boots with a neoprene neck. While we install 30-50 years roofing materials it is not uncommon to see the cheaper neoprene pipe boots fail at about 12 years. They develop holes or tears in the neoprene causing leaks. We never recommend using mediocre products such as a neoprene pipe boot as its not compatible with a "lifetime roofing system."
If you currently have a roof leak and need help contact us today for an effective solution. Hope this information was helpful and aides you in catching water intrusion before it becomes an issue for your family and home.
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