If you own a home, it is your job to keep up with all the regularly scheduled maintenance around your home, including your roof. You need to be educated on how to spot damage to your roof and you need to know when damage is most likely to occur. Here are three things that most homeowners do not know about roofing leaks that could help them take better care of their roof and their home.
#1 Time Leads To Roof Cracks
Many people wrongly assume that they only have to worry about inspecting their roof for cracks and leaks after a big storm sweeps through their area. Although large storms can in fact cause damage to your roof, what you really have to watch out for day to day exposure to the elements.
Everyday exposure to changing temperatures and barometric pressure, as well as the sun, causes gradual damage to your roof. Over time, the elements listed above will cause your shingles to warp, your flashing to corrode, and your vents to develop cracks.
The long-term exposure of time leads to roof cracks more often than a single storm, so be sure to inspect your roof on a regular basis.
#2 Most Roof Cracks Form On Hot Days
It's the really hot days you have to worry about and not the really stormy days when it comes to new cracks developing in your roof. If your roof is older, hot sunny days are more likely to produce a crack in your roof.
When it gets really hot outside, the heat can cause the shingles on your roof to blister and crack. This can lead to leaks, which is why it is important to inspect your roof in the summer as well as the winter, especially if your roof is older.
#3 The Leak May Not Be Quite Where You Expect It
Sometimes, when a leak develops in your roof, you'll notice dark stains and cracking in your ceiling as a result of water damage caused by the leak.
Just because you are seeing the damage in one area does not mean that is exactly where the leak will be on your roof. Often times, especially on slanted roofs, the leak is above where the water damage is apparent inside of your home. The water makes its way through the crack and migrates downwards until it is visible inside of your home.
So, if you spot a leak inside your home, be sure to look beyond that specific area for the actual source of the leak on your roof.
Equipped with the knowledge from above, you'll be able to keep a better eye on your roof and be proactive about treating and fixing any potential cracks and leaks in your roof.