Searching for Hidden Roof Leaks

Between seasonal storms, daily showers and wet weeks, your roof sees a lot of moisture. Whether you have metal roofing or traditional shingles, your home might take some water damage throughout the year. C&T Siding specializes in roof repair, roof installations, and minor fix-ups. Between soggy attics, sundered shingles and corroded gutters—we’ve seen it all.

We want our homeowners to see the damage, too. Sometimes, roof leaks aren’t visible. If you think your roof might be leaking—or if you simply want to double-check the area before contacting a C&T Siding contractor, these hidden roof leak tips can help.

Tip One: Check the Shingles

Look at your roof’s landmark locations, like its vents and edges. If you see wet spots, you might have deeper moisture issues. Check the fine details, too. Your roof’s shingles might seem sturdy, but they might be hiding water.

So, you should check for broken, loose, bent or raised shingles. Double down by looking for pulled-out nails, corrosion or stripped tar.

Tip Two: Check the Plumbing Vents

Next, check your roof’s plumbing vents. Moisture tends to collect around these areas. If your roof has a hidden leak, the water will pool around the plumbing vents—making the moisture apparent. Some other vent-like areas you should examine include:

●        Furnace vents

●        Ridge vents

●        Ice dams

●        Roof valleys

Tip Three: Apply the Water

If you’re still determined to satisfy your inkling feeling about a leak, you can test your theory with a little water. Use a hose to systematically gauge each roof section. In doing this, you’ll find out which areas might be harboring your leak. If you have a slanted roof, work from the bottom—at the edges, near the gutters—upward.

Tip Four: Examine the Attic Insulation

Next, you’ll head into the attic. Sometimes, hidden roof leaks reveal themselves in attic ceilings as moisture spots. If your attic ceiling has a plastic vapor barrier protecting the insulation, you’ll need to push it aside.

Then, you’ll examine the insulation. Often, attic ceiling leaks aren’t visible. They leave traces, however, in the insulation. If you spot any damp or discolored insulation, it’s time to call a C&T Siding professional.

Tip Five: Check the Gutters

Your gutters might protect your home from rainfall, but even gutters wear down. Sometimes gutters can become warped, corroded, or even torn by annual rainfall. Once more, you’ll use a hose to test the area—section by section. If your gutters aren’t holding water, they might be spilling it into the walls of your home.

If you have a roof leak, don’t worry. C&T Siding can help. Our roofing contractors and siding contractors can root out your water problem, applying high-grade industry practices to fix it. Give us a call at 651-483-6146. Or, ask us for a free estimate! At C&T Siding, your home is our priority.

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