Leaky roofs can make it feel like the walls are coming in on us. Literally. But not all roof repairs require a new roof or even to call a contractor. Let’s take a look at some of the common issues that can happen to your roof and identify whether or not you need to call a professional.

Getting Started

A common indicator that you have an issue is water stains. These are found across ceilings or down walls. On the outside of the house, torn or damaged shingles are a clear indication that you have damage. Also, your gutters overflowing and backing up or cracks in your chimney can signal a roof leak.

It’s important to address these issues early because they can lead to complex problems if given time. Mold, deteriorated insulation, rotted sheathing or framing, and drywall damage are just a few of the issues a roof leak can cause if given time to fester.

Identifying the Problem

When you want to find the source of the leak, it’s good to follow the trail upward and see if you can find areas of penetration. If you’ve found water damage within the house, trying to follow it to the highest point. Go into your attic or upper floor to see where the water originates. If you can’t get to the origination point inside your house, you’ll want to get onto your roof.

Once on your house, areas that have constant coverage of shingles or tiles most likely won’t have the issue. Look for torn shingles and tiles. Areas, where there is penetration, include chimneys, dormers, and plumbing or roof vents and are often the sources of the problem. These sections of the roof will need to be examined more closely for potential leaks.

If you are feeling uncomfortable about climbing onto your roof or entering your attic, now would be a good time to call a full-service roofing contractor. Putting off your roof repairs because you don’t want to locate the issue increases the likelihood you’ll be purchasing a new roof sooner than you’d like.

Big Leaks

These can arise from several causes: plumbing and ventilation areas, damaged walls and dormers, damaged roof flashing, or problems with your soffit. Many of these common leaks require a bit more attention than just clipping a nail and applying caulk. Often these fixes require replacing shingles, replacing parts, caulking, nailing, and sealing properly. When dealing with siding, you might find yourself replacing parts of the house you wouldn’t normally associate with the roof.

The scope of these fixes can appear daunting, but they aren’t impossible for a do-it-yourselfer who has some experience. But if you aren’t as repair savvy as some of your friends, it might be a smart idea to call a professional.

When you’re looking for a professional, it’s always a good idea to find someone who will do free roof inspections. For great roofing contractors Denver and the Colorado Springs area, Metro City Roofing offers exceptional customer service.

So, when you decide that your roof leak requires more than your own attention, contact a commercial roofing contractor like Metro City Roofing to have the job down right.

Small Leaks

Often times small leaks are due to small causes, typically nails. Finding the culprit nail can be tricky if your attic is fully finished and insulated. You’ll want to move any obstruction—drywall, insulation, etc.—out of the way to easily work with the problem. Many times, the small leak is caused by a ‘shiner’ nail. These are miss-hammered nails that weren’t properly aligned.

To address this problem, you’ll want to clip the nail. For added protection, you can put a small amount of sealant over the cut nail. Again, if this sounds like a larger job than you’d feel comfortable handling, seek professional help.