How to Spot Roof Damage before Big Problems Arise

During Chicagoland's rainy season, area homeowners need to be on the lookout for roof leaks. Of course, noticing roofing problems before leaks appear is the ideal option so we present you with things to look out for that may indicate the need for a roof repair or replacement.

What to Look for on the Outside:

The following may indicate damage to your shingles, gutters, soffit or fascia:

  • If you have asphalt or composite shingles, look for damaged, missing or curled shingles and for loss of granulation on the shingles
  • If you have a wood roof such as cedar shakes, look for mold formation, splitting, curling or other evidence of decay
  • Look for signs of decay or staining on your soffit and fascia
  • Check for excess or crumbling roofing cement
  • Look for tears or buckling in the flashing around roof penetrations
  • Inspect your soffit and ridge vents for clogs or damage and ensure that the flashing and shingles around them are not curling or missing
  • Check your roof around the chimney looking for evidence of damage to the bricks, chimney cap and joints; also look for loose or missing flashing in the area of the chimney
  • Examine your gutters and downspouts for leaky seams, clogs, missing sections, sags, rust or decay

What to Look for on the Inside:

The following signs may indicate roof leaks or damage:

  • Brown, gray or yellow stains on ceilings or walls
  • Signs of water damage in the attic
  • A sudden surge in heating or cooling costs

What to Do If You Suspect Problems

If you find signs that your roof may need to be repaired or replaced, you can call the roofing experts at Baltic Home Improvements to schedule a roof inspection. If the problems are the result of storm damage, our roofers can even help you work with your insurance company to get coverage for the work that needs to be done. Contact us today to get more information and schedule an appointment with a member of our roofing staff.

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