How to Spot Water Damages in Your Roof by Yourself


Once we have a roof over our head, we tend to ignore it. We believe that it’s in the best shape ever until it starts leaking somewhere. By the time it does, we panic, and the water has already damaged a few of our belongings.

Worse of all, our roof is likely, and it needs emergency roof repair – something you should never DIY unless you want to make it worse.

But while we should avoid doing any repairs ourselves, we can DIY some roof inspection every once in a while to make sure our roof is indeed in good shape. This ensures we’re well-protected anytime a storm or heavy snow hit our place.

Spotting Water Damage

Water damage can take many forms, not just water leakage. If you know how to spot these water damages, you’ll be able to report to your local roofing specialist and have them come over for a formal inspection. The more frequent you do your rounds and the earlier you spot water damage, the easier it is to repair them.

That said, here is what you need to look for:

Water Leakage

This is the most obvious form of water damage and normally indicates that the roof is already in bad shape. As much as possible, don’t let it reach this point. However, when inevitable, call your local roofing specialist to have it checked and repaired right away.

Ignoring a water leakage is like throwing your money away. The unexpected financial burden will rise, and you won’t just be looking at a damaged roof – you’re also damaging everything inside your home and risking yourself and your family.

Water Spots

If you can’t exactly find a leakage, you’ll know there is likely one with water spots. The problem is, even if you found a water spot, the origin of the leak is still hard to find. If the origin is a slow leak, it’s even harder to pinpoint as the water puddle normally migrates from its place and to the opening.

The best place to find water spots is in your attic. It’s the closest to your roof and will likely show the underside of it. You can also check every ceiling in your house if you need to.

Gutters are Filled with Granules

Granules from shingles tend to fall off due to weather changes – but mostly with rains and storms. While this may not directly cause you harm, it does mean that your roof is weather and water beaten and it’s best that you have it replaced.

Missing or Damaged Shingles

The shingles act like the armor of your roof. But they can get damaged due to rain, storm, aging, and snow. If damaged or if they begin missing, you might want to talk to a roofing specialist and have it repaired or replaced. Even when you’re not experiencing leaks yet, it’s best you have it inspected to avoid further damages.

Once you see these damages, the best thing to do is call a roofing specialist. We at RoofingVancouverBC is dedicated to keeping you safe from the damaged roof.

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