What can make a leak especially difficult to locate is the fact that water doesn’t necessarily drip straight down. It can travel along roof panels or lumber in the attic before dripping onto your insulation and leaving the telltale yellow water spot on your ceiling. That means the leak can be far away from where the ceiling shows damage. Unless you have good detective skills when it comes to roof leaks, you’ll want to enlist a roofing contractor to help track down the cause of the problem.
What is your roof trying to tell you? Any good Dallas roofer knows damage might not be obvious, but every homeowner should know what to look for. There may be water spots or even stains on your roof or within your home, these should be addressed quickly so no further damage can occur.
As with water spots on the ceilings, if the damage appears or gets worse after rain, the problem is most likely the flashing. Replacing step flashing can be tough, because it has to integrate with the roof and adjacent siding, so hire a pro to tackle this job and stop the leak. One other possibility: Crowe says places where two different siding materials butt together and leave gaps or leaky windows could also be to blame.
“Granules do come off, and they do collect in the gutters,” Crowe says, adding that some loose granules are not necessarily a cause for concern. However, if you suddenly notice a lot of the granules flowing out of the downspouts every time it rains, the next step is to get on a ladder and examine the shingles to see if they look “exposed” because most of the granules are gone.