People far too often lack a proper concern for the roof that hangs over their head. Leaking roofs commonly create problems that appear to be on the surface but go much deeper than that. Signs such as stains or warping in the ceiling are often ignored and considered only a cosmetic issue. But, the reality is, a neglected leak can lead to much more serious damage due to water intrusion to the building's interior. Rotting wood can compromise the building's strength, foundation, and overall structure.
Leaks have a multitude of causes and often these causes can be traced back to poor workmanship or natural wear and tear from the elements. Whatever the case, there are many ways to prevent leaks and detect potential structural issues that could lead to them.
The first step is to take notice and garner proper concern. Just as with anything else around one's home or building a proper maintenance schedule should be incorporated.
For rooftops such a schedule is going to be determined by the region that a person lives. For one living in a sunnier region where the weather remains moderate through the seasons it's probably not necessary to check and repair a roof more than two or three times a year. A person living in an area with more irregular weather will need to create a schedule in accordance to the seasons. Particularly those regions in which stormy weather can cause the most potential damage.
A key thing to look for when conducting maintenance is weather damage. It is very important to check carefully for changes in the rooftop. Especially after particularly violent storms, a tumultuous rainy season or a long and / or cold winter. Shingles may be missing or damaged. Breaks and cracks are signs that there could be water damage from ice or snow. There is also a chance that heavy rain may have found its way past the defense of shingles.
One of the best ways to prevent water damage from roof leaks is to make sure that the overall structure has been built and maintained properly. Properly installed chimneys will prevent pooling of water, well insulated attics will reduce the amount of ice that forms on rooftops and a clean roof and clear gutters will also help prevent potential clusters of water that threaten a roof's structure.
If your roof has been damaged there are some quick solutions that will: 1) prevent further damage and: 2) save a lot of money. Patching is highly advised against because, in the long run, it can potentially cause more damage. A waterproof tarp would be a better short term solution. Quick, easy and affordable solutions can be found at the nearest hardware store or even in a web search. But the best way to repair a leaking roof and water damage is to prevent it from occurring in the first place.