Interior Signs of Roof Damage


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When you think of roof damage, you typically think of visible damage to the roof itself including damage to shingles,  gutters, and other prominent aspects of the roofing structure. But many times roof damage presents itself in ways that show no clear link to a home’s roof, explains McGuire Management & Sales. The signs manifest in ways that prevent homeowners from making a direct connection between the problem and the roof. This type of roof damage can be more dangerous than problems that present directly on the roof because they are more difficult to identify and as a result persist for a longer period of time ultimately causing more damage and costing more money to fix.

Homeowners who want to be able to secure their home’s roof must be fully aware of the exterior, as well as interior signs that a home’s roof is damaged. Below are some of the most common issues that Holladay Grace Roofing sees when inspecting homes as well as items to keep an eye out for. Holladay Grace Roofing has been in the roofing industry since 1979 so there is no damage to a home we haven’t seen. Call us today with any questions or concerns you may have at (719) 596-0733.

Stained ceilings and walls

This is one of the clearest signs a roof is damaged. Most people will easily associate a stained or browned ceiling and walls with problems in the roof above the stained areas, however the presence of stains in an area of the ceiling does mean the leak is directly above the stain.

Water often travels along internal beams and structures and causes damage to areas far from the source of the leak.

Water Pooling

What immediately comes to mind when thinking of water pooling from a damaged roof is a cascade of water into the home. This rarely happens. Generally, pooling occurs as a result of a sustained water drip rather than pouring and the damage from pooling is often mistaken for evidence of a window leak.

Signs of interior damage

Cracked paint on interior walls, peeling wallpaper, and damaged wall insulation are signs that can occur inside a home from a leaking roof. If the problem persists long enough without mediation it will likely result in rotten framing and weakened structural components within the home.

Left untreated indefinitely, it is more than likely the persistent damage will lead to a ceiling that bows or collapses.

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Odors, Mold, & Mildew

Given the right conditions, mold can quickly grow in many spaces in your home. To grow, mold and mildew need a humid environment, poor ventilation, low lighting, and organic food sources. Unfortunately, these food sources can include roofing materials, insulation, wood, and drywall.

A leaky roof provides just enough water to create that nasty combination allowing mold to flourish. Mold can flourish inside walls, under flooring, behind ceiling tiles, and in nearly every other nook and cranny of a home. And, as an added complication related to mold there will be offensive odors that begins to permeate your home.

A Light In The Attic

While A Light In The Attic is a great children’s book by Shel Silverstein, seeing daylight in your attic is a very bad sign. If you see daylight in your roof it has been damaged, and you need to have your roof inspected immediately. With any opening large enough to allow light, there’s the ability for not only rain and snow, but also animals to get into your home. And left unaddressed there’s the potential for damage to occur quickly.

Unusual Energy Bills

One of the most overlooked signs of roof damage is an unusually high energy bill. When a roof is damaged it loses its ability to regulate the temperature in a home. The roof forms an important part of the building envelope and helps maintain the home’s internal climate so with that building envelope compromised an owner will begin to stress their HVAC system in both the summer in the winter. Heating bills will increase in the winter and your air conditioner will struggle to keep your home cool in the summer.

If any of these signs are present in your home, give Holladay Grace Roofing a call at (719) 596-0733 and arrange for a free roof inspection. Our inspection and repair crew is available 24/7 to help identify and correct any roofing issues you may have.

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