Expert Roofing recognizes that part of our duty as the expert roofers of Crystal Lake and Schaumburg, IL is to help educate home and business owners of the damages they can avoid when it comes to their roofs. Damage to your roof can often seem like a minor issue that can be put off for later, but when ignored, roof damage can lead to some expensive problems. Being the primary culprit that arises from such a situation, a roof leak can happen when a shingle or part of your roofing is disturbed or not installed properly. When discovered, the damages can range from minor shingle and interior attic damage to larger damages throughout the house. From something as seemingly minor as other shingles getting disturbed by moisture getting underneath them to mass disfigurement of interior walls, ceilings, and floors of one or many rooms. A leak left ignored can do serious damage to your home, that is why you can trust as your expert roofers to get the job done when calling (877) 766-3341 to set up an appointment. We can help you not only repair that roof leak, but keep your roof prepared against them and inspect your roof to avoid future damages by catching them early.
What are the signs of a leaking roof?
When being a minorly observant homeowner, signs of a roof leak can be easy to catch when you know what you are looking for. As an added bonus, the signs also extend to business owners who own a commercial roof on top of their place of business. When looking for such signs that would indicate a roof leak, a roof owner can start by looking at the exterior and interior of their roof. You would be looking for anything such as:
- Cracked or disturbed shingles
- Darker spots on shingles or a lack of shingles
- Bulges on your ceiling or walls, can have discoloration
- With the use of a flashlight, seeing water reflect light on the interior of your attic
- A smell that indicates mold or mildew from built up moisture in an enclosed space
These damages by and large are caused due to a multitude of reasons, often from a storm or a windy day. For that reason, Expert Roofing always offers our absolutely affordable storm damage service for homes after a storm so you don’t have to fall victim to roof leak damages. We also recommend that at least annually, home and business owners ask their roofer of choice for a roof inspection. Regular roof inspections can lead to the avoidance of costly repairs when done on a regular basis.
What to do if roof is leaking during rain?
So say you enter your attic when it is raining outside and you find a roof leak. On such an occasion, you’ve now found the source of your problem and can prevent further damages from occurring in your home or business. The first course of action is to prevent further damages from occurring.
It is always a good idea to have equipment in your home that can help with patchwork on various surfaces. We suggest the use of roofing tar and shingle or plywood to plug the hole. This will be a temporary measure during when it is raining or storming outside and you cannot get on top of your roof. Once the source of the leak has been stopped, make sure to wipe up any water build up you can see in the immediate area. If there are bulges in your ceiling, place a bucket directly underneath and poke a hole in the center of the mass, this will drain the water and prevent further damage to the rest of your roof around that area. Before it stops raining, measure where the leak had occurred using a tape measure from the point of entry to the edge of the interior.
In the moment it stops raining or storming, it is then time to place temporary repairs onto the exterior of your roof. Find the point of entry for the roof leak you measured on the interior earlier and pinpoint it on the exterior. For smaller damages, you can use a sheet of plastic or tar paper by covering the source with nailed down wooden strips and duct tape. You can also put a temporary cement mix under the edges of the tar paper to get the job done. For larger damages, using a camping or heavy duty tarp on the entry surface can be a temporary fix before one of our roofers can come out and fix your roof. Tarps also add protection to temporary repairs of smaller holes as well if you feel there needs to be added protection to your handiwork. We however stress that you should prioritize your safety in the event that you need to get atop your roof for roof leak repairs. Our particular recommendation is to have shoes with good rubber soles and traction, waiting until the thunderstorm has passed before venturing out to too high a point.
Where do most roof leaks occour?
Due to the modern methods of roofing being perfected over the years, it is uncommon for there to be a natural leak after a roof is freshly finished on a home or business. There are however a few points of higher probability that your roof will leak compared the lesser common faulty workmanship and bad material use.
The first most common roof leak occurs when wind carries debris up to your roof and impacts it against your roofing. While most modern roofing materials are made tough, it is still possible for a heavy branch to puncture or in an extreme case for furniture to bounce off and leave damages. These points of impact however are easy to spot when a roof owner takes a few moments to take in what their roof looks like normally and then check their roof after each storm.
The second most common roof leak that can be encountered is rarer than the other two, especially when homeowners take a moderate amount of care of their roofs. That source of roof leaks is standing water caused by debris stuck on your roof or through overflowing gutters. The easiest way to combat this is to regularly clean out your gutters and make sure any debris is removed immediately.
The third and final most common roof leak is the points of contact between parts of your home like chimneys to your roof. Unlike your roof, that part needs flashing around the area the two parts meet, closing the interior off from the open air and occasionally needs to be tended to. Expert Roofing does in fact have flashing services along with multiple others for better care of your roof.
How do you fix water damaged roof?
Repairs on a damaged are what we’re good at, when we come to repair a damaged roof we take in what needs to be fixed. Long term fixes involve removing the damaged bits, replacing the under layer that helps the insulation and keeps out moisture, then placing back on the shingles or roofing. Roof replacement tends to reveal itself when your roof constantly has problems and opens up your home with or without obvious damages taking place. The easiest way to know when it is time for roof replacement is to keep track of your roof’s age, if it is over the material’s working lifespan, most roofs that is twenty years, it may be time for a roof replacement. For more roof repair and replacement information or to set up an appointment, call (877) 766-3341 today.