6 Obvious Signs of Roof Leakage

Drip, drip, drip. Grab a bucket. These 6 obvious signs of roof leakage are telltale reasons to call Heritage Construction for a free roof inspection.

Water Stains on the Ceiling

One of the most obvious signs that you have roof leakage is discovering water stains on the ceiling. These stains can vary in size but generally have a brown ring around them. Bear in mind where the stain is located could be completely unrelated to where the leak came from. The mere presence of a water stain is confirmation that something about your roofing system is amiss.

Algae, Moss and Mold Are Present

While moss in itself may not cause any long-term damage to shingles, it’s presence indicates that there’s likely roof leakage somewhere. Most common in humid areas, mossy and moldy roofs should be inspected by a professional to determine the root of the problem. Once the source of moisture has been determined the shingles can be reinstalled or the algae simply brushed off. Keep in mind that moss and may continue to grow, so schedule a “well check” for your roof annually.

Roof Rot

Roof rot is most common wherever organic shingles have been installed. Once shingles get wet from roof leakage they will continue to break down and rot, often causing the need for an entire replacement of your roofing system. Don’t wait for the rot to go away on its own. (It won’t.)

Dripping

That annoying little drip that keeps you awake at night is an obvious sign that your roof needs some love and attention.

Significant damage can happen to your home and belongings if you don’t fix roof leakage quickly. It’s never as simple as putting a band-aid on it and hoping for the best. Roof leaks can be exceptionally dangerous and put you at risk of severe electric shock. NEVER attempt to turn off appliances or fixtures yourself. Instead, shut down the electrical at your main panel. And then call the pros.

Exterior Walls Have Water Spots

Still not sure if you have a roof leakage? Go outside and inspect the exterior walls of the structure. Water spots indicate there may be a roof leak related to the flashing. Look under your gutters where the walls meet the roof line and inspect for discoloration and stains.

Missing Shingles on the Rooftop

Have some of your shingles gone astray? Severe storms can attribute to roof leaks that affect the adherence of the shingle to the roof. Anytime you have missing shingles you’re exposing your underlayment to water damage and rot. This is when things can get quite costly if they aren’t caught in time.

When to Call a Roofing Specialist

Keep in mind that roof leak signs are not always indicative of where the leak originates. Many leaks can spread from the rafters and present themselves in other areas of the structure.

A roof leak should never be put on hold as it can cause further damage to your home and your valuables over time. If you notice any of the above roof leak signs, don’t delay. Heritage will come out and do a free roof inspection and assist you in making an informed decision.

Nobody does roofs better than we do. We’re fast, dependable, and always here to serve you. Contact us today.


 

Heritage Construction Co. Roofing and Restoration Specialists

5 Reasons Your Roof Needs Fall Maintenance

Temperatures are cooling off and that means football, pumpkin lattes, and long weekends spent nestled indoors relaxingNot so fast. As the first leaves of autumn begin to fall, you’ll need to plan ahead and maintain the integrity of your roof before the blustery winter winds and storms come.

These are the 5 reasons it’s time to fall in love with your roof this season and prepare your home or commercial property for what lies ahead.

(Because there’s always something!)

5 Reasons Your Roof Needs Some Love in the Autumn

Assess Seasonal Damage

Spring and summer can wreak havoc on your roof thanks to heavy wind and rainstorms. If you haven’t been up on the roof since you hung the lights at Christmas, who knows what shape it’s been in since. Whether it’s debris that’s busy composting on your shingles or the discovery of unsealed cracks that will allow the pests in, it’s better to check out potential seasonal damage and make repairs before those repairs end up costing more.

It’s Cooler

By the time autumn rolls around most everyone is ready for a break from the heat, including professional roof contractors. Fall is the perfect time to install new roof shingles because the cooler temps are ideal for the thermal sealing of asphalt shingle installation. When Old Man Winter knocks on the door, your shingles will be firmly set.

Improved Insulation

If you want to optimize your home and ensure it is energy efficient, autumn roof repair can help you save money by adding better insulation to your home. That means when you start kicking on the thermostat to heat things up, your money won’t go through the roof. (Get it?)

Brittle Shingles Break

Working with dried out and brittle shingles is no pleasant task. Instead of using nail guns to affix shingles to the roof, professionals often have to hammer down the shingles and this means more time, more money, more waste, and even a bigger headache for anyone paying for or working with shingles in cold temperatures. Stop the insanity and get those shingles installed when the time and weather conditions are ideal for preventing shingle breakage.

Storms Are Coming

Depending on your region you can expect winter storms are coming. Whether it be heavy rains, wind or snowfall, roof damage is even more likely to occur if yours has pre-existing conditions that need maintenance. By tending to these problems now you can prevent the additional expense of roof repairs from winter damage. Who really wants a leaky roof in the middle of a hailstorm?

Schedule a Free Roof Inspection

Still not sure you need fall roof maintenance? Don’t rule it out. These 5 reasons you need roof maintenance are more than enough to prove fall is the right time to prepare your home for the colder days ahead. Schedule a free roof inspection today and don’t delay. Contact Heritage Construction for all your roofing needs and repairs, and hey…take a break. We got this! (Don’t forget the latte.)