Finding a leak in your roof can be a troublesome problem for all homeowners. If you have water stains that extend across ceilings or run-down walls, the cause is probably a leaky roof. If you have a leaky roof, you'd better fix it immediately, even if it doesn't bother you much or you're getting a new roof next year. Even over a short time, small leaks can lead to big problems, such as mold, rotted framing and sheathing, destroyed insulation and damaged ceilings. The flashing leak that caused an expensive repair bill was obvious from the ceiling stains for over two years. If the homeowner had dealt with it right away, the damage and subsequent repairs would have been minimal.
Most roof leaks are similar in nature and are due to the same types of problems. These include:
- Blown off or missing shingles -- Regardless of the material they're made of, shingles are prone to lifting up due to high winds, leaving your underlayment and roof deck exposed to the elements.
- Bad or leaking p