Does your roof leak require a repair or replacement?

Often a roof leak is the first sign that your roof might need a roof repair.  A roof leak, unfortunately can lead to much more serious problems inside our homes, especially if the roof leak goes without a roof repair for a significant period of time.

The longer the leak is allowed to continue, the more extensive damage we will face; including potential mold, and wood or drywall rot.  Mold is both a health and an environmental problem.  Wood or drywall rot will ultimately cause serious structural damage.  Therefore, both issues can evolve into a substantial monetary black hole, if not appropriately resolved in a timely manner.

So what does a homeowner need to pay attention to?  First and foremost, one should watch for water stains on the ceiling or walls.  Then determine from where the leak derives specifically.  This actually can be much more difficult to determine that one might think, because leaking water travels along pipes and structural beams once it has penetrated the roofing materials.  Start looking at the highest point of the house, in areas where connections may have weakened such as a chimney or damaged shingles or joint areas.

The best course of action at this point is to involve a roofing repair specialist, especially if you cannot find the point of origin for the roof leak.  Many reputable roofing companies offer an emergency repair service.  In the meantime, be sure to cover the roof leak with a tarp or other water proof covering.

Once the roof leak has been repaired, be sure to cover your bases so that the leaks don’t recur.  For instance, you will want to keep your gutters clear to avoid backed up water after a rain storm.  Finally, be sure your repair was done by a reputable company such as Sterling Residential Services.  Call us today!

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