No one wants to discover a roof leak in their home. Roof leaks can cause harmful problems for homeowners, including mold and mildew growth, increased utility bills, and compromised structural integrity.
At JD Hostetter, we understand how stressful it can be to discover water damage to your home. Our goal is to equip you with the information you need to take corrective action to protect your most significant investment.
Fortunately, before you ever notice water dripping from your ceiling, you can usually spot the signs of water damage to your home. Here are six signs of water damage most commonly caused by a leaky roof.
1. Water Spots and Stains
Water spots and stains on your ceilings and walls are the most common signs that your home is experiencing water damage. You don’t have to notice water dripping from the ceiling for water damage to occur. Usually, dark water stains are caused by a slow leak that drips down your ceiling and walls over time.
Here are a few signs of water damage that accompany water spots as a result of a roof leak:
- Discolored spots on your ceilings and walls
- Darkened ceiling paint
- Peeling, cracked, or bubbling paint
2. Sunlight in the Attic
Do you notice sunlight shining through the beams when you visit your attic? Sunlight in your attic is almost always a sign of a leaky roof. If you can see the daylight outside your home, that means that water can creep into your home as well.
If your roof beams are showing signs of moisture or mold growth, this means that water damage has already occurred to the attic. A roof repair or roof replacement is almost always required to prevent further water damage from ruining your home.
3. Mold & Mildew Growth
Did you know that mold and mildew can grow within 24-48 hours of being exposed to moisture in an indoor environment? Even the smallest roof leak can cause mold and mildew to grow in your home rapidly. Not only is mold and mildew growth unsightly and smelly, but it can cause harm to you and your family’s health.
You should remove mold and mildew as soon as it’s spotted, but know that it will continue to grow back until the source of the moisture is eliminated. Consider a roof replacement to ensure that pesky mold and mildew do not return.
4. Clogged Gutters
Slow-draining gutters clogged with debris are a sign of water damage—or impending water damage—to your home. When your gutters are not draining correctly, it is common for water to overflow onto your roof, and stay there until it finds any crack or crevice to leak through.
Consider cleaning your gutters as a preventative measure to prevent water damage to your home. If your clogged gutters have already caused water damage and roof damage, call a professional to evaluate if your home needs a roof replacement.
5. Sagging Roof
A sagging roof is caused by heavy snow or ice piles that have melted on your roof and result in water damage. The best place to spot a sagging roof is inside your home’s attic.
A sagging roof is not only a sign of a roof leak but is also incredibly dangerous to the structure of your home. Immediately contact a roofing contractor to complete a roof replacement if you notice a sagging roof.
6. Missing or Damaged Shingles
Have you noticed missing shingles from your roof, or warped, blistering, or buckling shingles? If so, this is a sign of water damage to your roof and potential water damage to your home.
Curling shingles are a sign that water damage has already occurred, and missing shingles leave your roof vulnerable to the elements. A roof leak can quickly happen when your roof is exposed to a wind, rain, or hail storm with missing shingles.
A roof replacement with asphalt shingles is an excellent solution to prevent further water damage to your roof. Our team of Indianapolis roofers recommends Malarkey asphalt shingles as the best way to protect your home against water damage.
Say Goodbye to Roof Leaks—Contact JD Hostetter for Reliable Roof Replacement
Don’t let pesky roof leaks cause any further damage to your home. The best way to ensure your home is protected from the dangers of water damage is with a durable, reliable roof replacement with asphalt shingles.
We understand that you want to choose a contractor who will complete your project efficiently and treat your home with exceptional care. For over 15 years, JD Hostetter has provided hundreds of satisfied Indiana homeowners with professional installation of quality roofing products. We want you to impress you with a high-quality roof replacement—no matter what it takes.
Contact us for a free estimate to start your roof replacement process today!