Some roof problems are huge and obvious, such as when the wind lifts shingles from your roof and deposits them on your sidewalk. Others are easier to ignore, but that doesn't mean they're not causing damage. As a homeowner, you need to be aware of where complications from roof problems can show up.
You may have heard common advice on inspecting your roof for problems, but the roof itself isn't the only place you need to look. Sometimes a roof leak can be difficult to catch by simply looking at the roof, yet it may leave unmistakable signs elsewhere. Here are three places you may not have thought of to look for signs of roof problems.
1. Attic Insulation
Did you know that roof problems, whether leaks or condensation, often show up on the surface of your attic insulation? That's because the attic insulation is designed to be fluffy in order to hold the maximum amount of air (that's where it gets its insulation value). Any drips from the roof will wet down the spot they hit, which often causes that spot to compress slightly.
The good news is that this often makes finding a leak or identifying a condensation problem easier. The bad news is that once the insulation is wet, its function is compromised. The wetter it gets, the more it will compress and the less insulating air it will be able to retain, even if it does dry out without growing mold.
2. Behind Siding
Even if your siding is brand-new and perfect, you can still get rot and mold behind siding if you have roof problems. Some roof leaks may drip into your walls instead of make watermarks on your ceiling. Flashing leaks along the edges of the roof, for example, may only travel as far as the wall before wicking down inside.
This issue can easily damage your sheathing and wall structure. The water can also wet down any insulation in the walls, reducing its efficiency and even causing mold.
These leaks are especially insidious because, unlike your attic, you can't easily access the insides of your walls. So mold and rot can develop here unhindered if you don't make a point of checking for it and keeping your flashing in great shape.
A basement and foundation problem, such as cracks in your foundation wall, could be caused by roof and gutter issues. For example, a twisted or misaligned gutter that's dumping water straight down the side of your house (rather than carrying the water away from the foundation as normal) can cause cracks in your foundation.
Another basement-related issue that can be caused by roof problems is mold. If you have an attic mold problem, you may have a basement mold problem, too. They commonly share air through attic bypasses, meaning mold spores can invade the basement from the attic and vice versa, and the basement is unheated and likely has no humidity controls.
Monitoring the attic insulation, the walls behind your siding, and your basement and foundation wall can help you not only keep them in great shape, but also sometimes detect roof issues such as leaks or gutter misalignments. These systems all work together to protect your home and possessions from the elements, so it makes sense that their failures can affect each other.
Whether you need help deciding if your attic insulation is showing a leak or a condensation issue, or whether you've identified a roof leak or gutter problem by inspecting your siding or foundation, give Residential Roofing Services a call today. We offer roofing repair and installation services for residential customers and we'd love to discuss your next project.