Apr 06, 2015

What To Do When Your Roof Is Leaking

Out of sight, doesn’t necessarily mean out of mind when it comes to roof leaks.  Even a small roof leak can cause substantial damage to your home’s structure.  An additional result of roof leaking can also be mold growthNot all roof leaks will require a complete replacement of your roof but it’s important to pinpoint the origin of the leak so that the problem does not spread.  Here’s what you need to know about a leaky roof:

Identifying the Source of the Leak:

A telltale sign that roof leaking is taking place is water stains on walls, ceilings or floors.  Paint may become rippled, faded or discolored.  You may notice a stale scent in the area where the leak is happening or hear water dripping.Damaged asphalt shingles on a roof

Have Your Roof Inspected:

Once you’ve established that a leak is occurring, it’s wise to contact a contractor to make a determination as to whether the leak can be remedied with a repair or if a roof replacement is needed.  It’s worth noting that where the water stains are manifesting themselves may not be the exact spot on your roof where water is leaking in.  Most roofs have an incline and must pass through the roofing layers, traveling downhill before it finds a place to rest within your home.  The contractor will likely assess the attic, as water staining can be more severe in this area since it’s located so close to your roof.  Water getting into the attic can quickly produce mold and insulation may need to be replaced.  They should also climb up on your roof to visually inspect for spots where water is penetrating.

Common Items To Check When You Have a Leaking Roof:

If your contractor reused your roof’s flashing when they shingled your roof and the flashing wore out before the roof, leaking can occur.  Additionally, broken seals around skylights & roof vents, overflowing gutters, and missing shingles can all be reasons your roof is leaking.

 Learn How the Properly Installed Flashing Can Prevent Roof Leaks:

What To Do After You’ve Identified the Cause of the Roof Leak

In order to remedy the situation and move forward, the leak must be eliminated.  A reputable roofing contractor should be able to assist you in determining whether the situation requires a full roof replacement or just a repair.  It’s important to note that if any mold occurred as a result of the leak, it should not be remedied until after the roofing project has been completed.  This is because the mold feeds off of moisture and will continue to grow until the moisture has been eliminated.

A Word About DIY Roof Repairs:

There’s a reason roofing installers are tethered to the roof while working.  Anytime you get on top of a roof, it’s dangerous business and safety precautions should be taken.  Even if you’re comfortable walking on a roof, repairs only hold up if the person making them has the correct experience and materials.  The most expensive home repair is the one you make twice, so get the project completed correctly the first time by entrusting your work to an experienced roofing company.

If you notice any signs of a leaking roof, don’t wait. Contact Lindus Construction today.

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"Thorough, timely, efficient, good communicators. Excellent work, cleaned up well and took care of a few extra details without any hassle."

Carla U.
Minneapolis, MN
May 17, 2023

"The roof looks beautiful!! The framing and the tiles are great and the gable vents look great too. I also *really* appreciate the clean up your folks did. Not all roofers are as tidy and this was VERY much appreciated."

Becca N.
Minneapolis, MN
May 3, 2022

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Nancy B.
Minneapolis, MN
November 14, 2022

"My wife and I are so thrilled about the new roof shingles you installed on our home. They are absolutely gorgeous and could not possibly look any more amazing than they are.  The LeafGuard® team also did an outstandingly professional job installing the gutter system and had a couple of recommendations on a gutter and downspout placement that really functions well AND makes the house look astounding."

Joseph R.
Minneapolis, MN
June 27, 2022

"Yesterday I had the pleasure of getting an estimate from Brandon. Lindus should be very proud to have him as a representative of their company. Brandon was knowledgeable, helpful.....and just a really nice guy!  I've had Lindus install LeafGuard® Gutters, GAF roofing and spray foam insulation in my attic. Always the workmen were professional and the jobs were done to the highest standards.  I highly recommend Lindus to all my friends as I can personally attest to the quality work that I receive."

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Minneapolis, MN
September 12, 2021

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Minneapolis, MN
June 28, 2021
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