Detecting Roof Leaks DIY or Hiring a Professional

Because roofs are designed to last for long periods of time, they often get ignored by most homeowners. The problem with this is those small problems that could be treated quickly and cheaply often become large, expensive headaches over time.

A leaky roof not only detracts from your home’s value, but it can lead to damage inside and introduce harmful mold that can lead to a host of health problems.

We’re going to take a look at roof leaks and tell you how to deal with them.

What are the causes of roof leaks?

In most cases, something like a branch or rot that causes a penetration is the cause of a roof leak. Most of these leaks start off small, and as stated, if treated quickly, they’re easy and inexpensive to fix.

The best way to examine your roof for leaks is to get up in the attic and take a good hard look at every nook and cranny. Look for water damage and mold as these are the best indicators of a roof leak.

If you don’t have an attic or can’t get up there, you’re going to have to get up on the roof to do a thorough examintation. As with before, check for water damage and mold.

Fix it yourself or call a pro?

If you catch the leak early enough, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to fix it yourself. This is good because it saves you a lot of money over hiring a local roofing contractor and professional. Leaks that are caused by deterioration, erosion or wear and tear can normally be fixed by a handy person without the need of a pro. Also, while you’re up on the roof, it’s a good idea to take the time to clean out your gutters and keep them clean. Water that backs up onto the roof can cause erosion.

If you get up on the roof and see you have severe damage to your shingles or see that the flash metal around the base of a chimney or other roof structure needs to be sealed, you should consider hiring a local professional roofing contractor . While it’s possible to continue to make these repairs over and over, you’re better off paying for a new roof that’s going to last for years.

When to get a new roof

No one likes to think about getting a new roof because of the expense. However, a new roof not only fixes any leaks, but it also increases the value of your home exponentially if you go to sell it down the road.

When you notice a leak, the first thing you should think about is getting a new roof; maybe not this time, but sometime in the future. While small leaks can be easily repaired, once you find a leak, it’s only a matter of time before you’re going to need a new roof. So, once you see that first leak, it’s a good time to begin budgeting for a new roof to be put on in a few years.

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