Consumer Watch: Identifying roof damage

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 5:27 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- April showers may bring May flowers, but they could also cause leaks in your home. Good Morning Kentuckiana’s Andy Treinen has four signs of a leaky roof in today's Consumer Watch.

It all starts at the top, your roof is your home's number one defense against the elements. So, you should inspect it this time of year and after a storm, look for any of four signs of trouble.

"Curling shingles, broken shingles, missing flashing, and areas where water may be pooling on your roof, are four things to look out for,” according to Angie Hicks. This Spring, her Angie's List details signs of trouble on your roof.

Homeowner Matt Cairns noticed problems inside when he saw water stains around the skylight of his finished attic. "The next night it rained hard again and I came up here and the spot had gotten way worse. I was able to just stick my fingers right through the drywall. Then I knew I needed to get some attention on this pretty quickly," Cairns said.
 
A leaking roof can cause serious damage to your home and failing to address leaks promptly can significantly raise the cost of repair. Once the water breaks through and into the house sheathing, rafters and ceilings are next to go.

"If there are bubbles on the ceilings or walls or if they start to see dark mold or mildew spots or even if some drywall starts to come undone those are signs you might have a leak," says roofing company operations manager Justin Vorbroker.  The lifespan of a roof is generally 25-30 years but you should schedule an inspection about every five years to nip problems in the bud before a catastrophic leak.

Be patient hiring a roofing contractor and avoid out of town storm chasers because that market is flooded with people just trying to get in the pocket of your insurance company. Ask to see proof or insurance and a roofer’s license.

If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to:  consumerwatch@whas11.com.
 

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