How to Identify a Leaky Roof

The roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements. A well-functioning roof that is in good repair will keep out the heat, the cold, and (most importantly) the rain. Water damage can be expensive to repair, especially the longer it goes unnoticed. This means that it is critical that you find a roof leak before serious water damage occurs. After you find the leak or identify the signs of a leak, contact a roof repair contractor to repair or replace your roof. Here are a few tips for identifying a leak in your roof.

Look for Signs of Water Damage

In order to take care of a leaky roof, you need to know the signs of water damage. One of the most obvious signs of water damage is a water stain on your ceiling. As water pools and collects, it causes your ceiling to become discolored. You may also notice streaks on your wall running from your ceiling to the baseboard. This could also indicate that water is penetrating your roof and running down the inside of your walls.

Rule Out Interior Sources of Moisture

Before you contact a roof repair company, rule out any other sources of interior moisture. Bathrooms without exhaust fans or fans not vented to the exterior and leaking dryer vents are just a few of the sources of moisture and water vapor in your home. Improper roof ventilation can also create “cold spots” where moisture condenses and drips onto the ceiling.

Perform a Visual Inspection of Your Roof

If you can rule out interior sources of moisture, perform a quick visual inspection of your roof to assess its condition. If you notice broken or missing shingles or bent flashing, these could be entry points for water. Even if you can’t see any visible signs of damage, a roof repair contractor can get up on the roof and find out what’s going on.

If you suspect that you have a leaky roof, contact Budget Construction Company today. As one of the leading home improvement and repair companies in Chicago, Budget Construction Company can make sure that your home is always up to the most exacting standards there are—your standards, of course! To learn more about our roof repair and replacement services, call us at (773) 663-4082.

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How to Identify a Leaky Roof

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