The Importance of Early Leak Detection

Finding water leaking from your ceiling is never a welcomed sight. More often than not, the water damage in your home’s ceiling is a result of a leak in your roof. What may have started out as a repair can quickly grow into a major issue when left unaddressed. 

As with all Floridians, residents of Fort Myers, Cape Coral, or Naples are used to the heavy storms that come each summer and fall – known as the rainy season. Southwest Florida’s rainy season usually spans from late May through October. During this time, the region can experience almost daily storms that range from a quick 5-minute rain to a severe thunderstorm. Either way, consistent storms can aggravate small issues – such as a displaced shingle – which can then quickly become a much larger problem. Because of this, it’s best to keep a vigilant eye out for any signs that your roof may have incurred even the slightest amount of damage to prevent any large leaks from developing. 

Indoor Leak Detection

Many times, by the time you notice damage to the interior of your home, you’re already too late. However, keeping an eye out for even the smallest of these issues can help prevent the damage from getting any worse. From the inside of your home, you should look for: 

  • Dark spots (even the smallest of spots, usually clustered together)
  • Ceiling discoloration (commonly a yellow-ish color)
  • Unusual sagging or warping of a ceiling or wall 
  • Areas where outside light shines through (usually can be found in the home’s attic)
  • Musty smell or an abnormal humid feeling in your home’s attic (dampness in the air)

If you spot any of the above issues in your home, you should call a professional immediately to conduct an inspection of your home’s roof. 

Outdoor Leak Detection

Detecting damage to your roof from the exterior of your home is the best way to prevent any leaks from becoming larger issues. It’s advised to inspect your home’s roof from the ground level after heavy storms and keep an eye out for any of these key issues: 

  • Missing shingles or roof tiles
  • Warped, rotted, peeling, or blistering shingles
  • Cracked or otherwise broken tiles
  • Clogged or slow-draining gutters and/or downspouts
  • Loose material near vents or chimneys 

Many of these items are small issues that when left unattended can grow quickly into major problems. A professional should be called to conduct a thorough inspection of your roof. If caught early on, a majority of these small issues can be spot-repaired instead of requiring a full roof replacement. 

Why You Shouldn’t Wait

When it comes to roof repairs, early action is key. A leaky roof will never get better on its own and should never be ignored. When addressed at the first sight of damage, your roof’s repairs can be much less extensive, not to mention less expensive, than that of a full roof replacement. 

The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends having your roof inspected twice a year, once in the spring and once in the winter. The spring inspection can help identify any potential problems before the rainy season hits. The winter inspection can allow for any damage caused by the storms of the summer and fall months to be addressed and not fester as the year progresses. If left untreated, issues such as mold or structural erosion can develop and will require a total roof replacement. 

The Importance of A Trained Eye

Just because you may not see any damage to your home’s roof, doesn’t mean it’s not there. From the ground-level view, it’s very easy to miss potential issues. That’s why it’s important to have your roof inspected by a professional roofing contractor, such as Frank’s Roofing & Spraying, Inc. 

The professionals at Frank’s Roofing are experts in detecting early signs of roof damage or leaks. Having served the SWFL area for over 50 years, they’ve weathered every storm and hurricane to come through the Fort Myers area. Our in-house team of estimators can identify even the smallest of leaks and help submit your repair claims to your home’s insurance policy. We also offer easy finance options that can provide you an answer within minutes. 

Overall, our goal is to provide clients with a stress-free experience. Our team personally handles every aspect of a roofing project. From estimates to the work itself, our entire process is handled by Franks Roofing employees and never subcontractors. We offer free estimates and will apply the cost of your roof’s inspection to the total cost of your repairs – making it virtually free! Contact us today to schedule your home’s estimate by calling us at (239) 693-7663 or sending us a message below. 

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