What roof damage looks like
Roof Damage comes in all forms. Know what to look for!
Check your attic after severe weather. A leak could mean some shingles are damaged, the underlayment a protective barrier between your shingles and the plywood of your roof has failed, or flashing the material that seals joints on your roof has deteriorated.
Ceiling and wall stains
Leaks from outside the house or moisture trapped inside it can cause stains and possibly mold or mildew.
With poor ventilation and moisture in your layers of roofing materials is the decay of sheathing also called decking which is the layer of plywood that forms the foundation of your roof. If you notice a sagging ceiling, broken gutters, leaks or missing patches of shingles, your sheathing may be damaged.
Keep an eye on your roof
- Know how old your roof is. If you didn’t install it and you’re not sure, check the inspection report from when you purchased your home. You can also ask a roofing company or building inspector to look at the roof and estimate its age and condition.
- Spot-check your roof twice a year, once in spring, once in fall. Use a ladder to access it and look for trouble spots, but also check your attic for damage. Not feeling up to it? Reaching out to a professional roofing contractor for help inspecting is always the best option.
- Watch the homes around you — they experience the same weather yours does and were likely built around the same time. If your neighbors are getting new roofs, do a roof inspection to see if your home needs one too.
- After a significant weather event, like heavy winds or a hail storm, check for exterior damage as soon as it’s safe.