When you own a home, your roof may leak from time to time. Knowing where your roof is leaking from and why the roof has allowed in water is important. While you can try to go up on your roof and figure out the problem by yourself, you probably won't locate the cause of the problem. Your roof may have become damaged after a bad storm, had debris fall and break a hole in your roof, or you may have shingles that are starting to deteriorate. If you have an asphalt shingle roof and it starts to leak, it's time to call a professional to identify the problem.
When Asphalt Shingles Start to Curl
You may notice that the asphalt shingles on your roof are starting to curl, a sure sign that your shingles will need to be replaced soon. Once your shingles start to curl, they are no longer going to be able to protect your roof effectively. An asphalt shingle roof will last about 20 years, but this number will fluctuate depending on the weather conditions, temperature extremes, and amount of sunlight each day on the shingles. Curling shingles will eventually become so loose that they fall off your roof completely.
Finding the Roof Leak
Roof leaks are tricky. You can have a leak on one side of the house that shows up in the ceiling of a room far away from the original source. When water gets in, it will travel along until it finds an area in which to accumulate. This can be far from the leak, making it difficult to discover where the problem in your roof is. If you aren't familiar with asphalt shingles and roofing, finding the leak is best left up to a professional.
If the Leak is From Storm Damage
A leak caused from storm damage can usually be repaired and you won't have to replace your entire roof. If the roofer discovers that the integrity of your whole roof is at risk because it is simply old and the shingles are deteriorating, they may recommend a complete roof replacement at some point. Leaks from direct damage can usually be fixed without further issues with roof leaks.
When you have your roof inspected to find out where a leak is coming from, your roofing repair professional may discover that your whole roof needs replacement. If you have questions, you can always have a second company come out and give you an estimate to determine if they agree with the initial assessment.