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Madison Roofing: Article About Inspecting For Roof Leaks

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One of the most important roles of a home's roof is to protect the interior structures from the outside elements. Madison roofing professionals know that homeowners often take this fact for granted and forget about performing roof inspections or maintenance until an urgent issue arises. Roofs can be damaged by nearly every type of weather element, including ice, UV rays, hail, wind and rain. A leaky roof is a warning sign that a roof is not functioning like it should. It is also a cause for concern due to the potential damage the water can cause to the structure and contents of the home. If left unchecked, leaks can cause serious problems that are expensive and time consuming for a homeowner to fix.

Checking for leaks should be a routine part of a homeowner's regular roof inspections. The easy part of checking for leaks is that it does not require a trip up onto the roof, which can be scary and even dangerous for some homeowners. There are certain types of leaks that can go undetected for long periods of time and lead to issues like mold and other water damage, including rotting wood decking and sagging ceilings.

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Unfortunately, poor workmanship is the culprit for many leaks. Improper installation of roofing materials, such as underlayment, flashing and pipe boots, or inadequate nailing of roof shingles are the most common missteps that will cause a leak. Adding insult to injury, most shingle manufacturers will void their warranty if their product was not installed correctly. This makes hiring an experienced and reliable roofing contractor imperative.

To check for a leak, visually inspect all ceilings in the home for brown or yellow staining. These stains are most likely indicative of some type of roof leak, especially if they are noted after a heavy rainstorm. Another way to check for leaks is to get up in the attic and look to see if the rafters or insulation is damp, moldy or stained. Any of these symptoms is most likely a sign of a compromised roof that needs to be fixed sooner rather than later.

If a homeowner spots any signs of a leak, they should contact a local roofing contractor as soon as possible to diagnose and fix the problem before it can become worse. The longer a roof leaks or is left in a compromised situation, the more damage can be done and the more costly it will be for the homeowner in the long run.

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