Six Warning Signs of Impending Roof Leaks

January 16, 2018 11:39 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A properly installed roof will keep out the rain and protect the inside of your building from all sorts of other harsh seasonal weather conditions. But keep in mind that, as your roof ages, it can damage easier and begin to show signs of bigger problems waiting to happen—specifically roof leaks. The best thing to do is replace an old roof and look into roof waterproofing in Dallas, TX before leaks even get the chance to appear.

Here are six of the most common warning signs that your commercial roof is either leaking or will leak in the near future:

  • Missing or broken shingles: As strong as commercial roofing materials are, there will come a time when your roof begins to show obvious wear and tear, even fall victim to damage caused by weather. Unfortunately, wear and damage doesn’t just make your building look old, but can also lead to roof leaks. Look for missing, broken, curled or buckled shingles, and make necessary repairs to prevent leaks. If left as they are, moisture can pool up and seep into your building’s walls and ceilings.
  • Noticeable mold and algae: It’s common for mold and algae growth to be present in wet conditions, because moisture is also present. Moisture will collect and build up as mold and algae grows, and eventually water will seep through the layers of your roof and damage it. Consider roof waterproofing in Dallas, TX to protect your building against moisture penetration.
  • Damaged flashing: Surrounding roof fixtures like chimneys, vents, pipes, skylights and valleys are metal pieces called flashing. They are in place to protect your roof deck from water getting in at joints or other entry points. For this reason, missing, damaged or rusted flashing materials will most likely result in a leaking roof—it lets water get under the shingles where the flashing should be or into your building through exposed joints of roof features.
  • Clogged gutters: Shingles lose granules every time it rains, hails or snows, and when workers walk on it. Those granules make their way into the gutters, which, when combined with rainwater, forms sediment on your gutter. The sediment collects and clogs gutter systems, resulting in water overflowing onto your roof, under shingles and into your structure.
  • Interior water damage: If water has leaked into your building from overflowing gutters or damaged shingles, there’ll likely be visible water spots and damp patches on the ceilings and walls. Leaks often come through the attic or crawl spaces, but building owners may not think to inspect these areas until it’s too late.
  • Paint peel: Peeling paint on interior or exterior walls is a sign that water has gotten in through your walls and penetrated behind the paint. Also keep an eye open for discolored paperboard, cracked paint and peeling wallpaper, as these are all indicators of roof leaks.

Whether you need roof maintenance, repairs, an inspection or replacement, know that the roofing experts at Roofmaster Maintenance & Roofing, Inc. have got you covered. Call us today to learn more about our roofing services or to find out about roof waterproofing in Dallas, TX!

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