Your asphalt shingle roof could start leaking for a number of reasons. Wind, hail, animals, and sun exposure can wear away at the shingles, flashing, and adhesives until rain is able to leak through. If you see a water stain on your ceiling, that's a sign of a roof leak, and you should call a roofing company right away. Here are some places you may want to start looking for the roof leak and what the roofing company might need to do to repair it.
Places Where Your Roof Might Be Leaking
You can use binoculars to look at your roof from the ground, so you don't have to climb up on the roof. When the roofing company comes, they can get on the roof and pinpoint the leak. However, it's good to check your roof occasionally yourself because if you can spot damage, you can have repairs done before the roof even starts leaking.
Look around everything that extends through the roof, such as the chimney, vent pipes, and skylights. These may have metal flashing, rubber boots, and adhesives that can deteriorate over time. Look for cracks in rubber parts and rust in metal. If you see this kind of damage, call a roofer to make repairs because the rusted areas or cracks may start leaking if they're not leaking already.
Also, scan the shingles for signs of cracks, a loss of granules, or missing nails that allow the shingles to slip. Pay close attention to shingles and flashing in the roof valleys because these get the most water exposure and are at a high risk of damage and leaking.
If you scan your roof regularly, you'll be able to tell when something looks different and indicates a problem with your roof. Sometimes the changes in your roof are subtle, but other times you might find a big hole gnawed through the roof by a raccoon.
Roof Repairs That Might Be Needed For A Leak
Since many things can cause a roof to leak, there are several roof repairs that could be needed. The roofing company might need to put on new shingles, replace a rubber boot, put new adhesive around a skylight, put on new metal flashing, or even repair the deck of the roof if it's gnawed away or rotten.
Once the damage to your roof has been repaired, you may have to repair water damage to your attic and ceiling too. Water damage should be repaired promptly before mold grows and to restore the ability of the attic insulation to keep your home warm or cool.
Talk to a roofing company for more information.