How to Spot Roof Damage Before Leaks Appear

Replacing or repairing a roof can be a big investment but one that shouldn’t ever be taken lightly. Providing coverage for your home and protection for those who reside underneath should be a priority for any homeowner. By ensuring that your property is well maintained, homeowners can rest easy when Mother Nature issues a challenging threat to the integrity of your structure. Forced to withstand high winds, freezing temperatures, rain, snow, hail, and a variety of other damage causing issues, the roof is an integral component of any home. Unfortunately, many individuals simply do not maintain the proper maintenance and recommended inspection schedules in order to ensure that their property is in the best shape possible until its too late.

Once water damage is located inside the home immediate steps should be taken to both find the source and then fix the issue. Doing so quickly and efficiently not only helps to prevent further damage but it also may lead to a full inspection which has the potential to identify any other issues before they too cause a problem. Aside from the obvious physical damages, there are also many unexpected dangers of a leaky roof. For these reasons, understanding the many problem areas and making certain each is installed correctly and remains up to par is important. All are included in a routine inspection and may point to quick fixes which could save time and money in the long run. Regardless, these are the many subject areas often responsible for a leaky roof.

Shingle Damage

Missing or damaged shingles can be caused by either natural elements (wind, rain, hail, etc.) or from wear over time. In the event that your roof has suffered a breach in the shingle layer, then immediate attention to detail can help to avoid the problem becoming a major issue. If left unattended, the area could grow and any water which seeps into the home is going to cause damage. Regular roof inspections and periodic checks after any violent weather events can help to locate shingle damage and make a plan for repair.


Flashing is a material roofers use in order to help direct the flow of water away from the roof and into the gutter system. These materials are typically placed in valleys and around any other object which may breach the exterior of a roof line. From chimneys to exhaust vent pipes, flashing materials can be seen to be installed around the base of these facilities in order to help protect the home. Any damage could cause water to flow into the home instead of away from the roof causing damage. If water issues are spotted inside the home then it is important to remember that tracing the flow is critical to finding the breach. Often, water won’t simply fall straight from the roof to the area below and will run along the angles of a roof or rafters before dripping down elsewhere. This is especially true of a flashing breach which often tends to be smaller in nature and could cause water damage elsewhere in a home as opposed to straight under the damaged area.


Cleaning your gutters and keeping them free of debris will help to avoid water damage within a home. In fact, fixing gutters may solve the problem of water in a basement. If the water isn’t properly flowing out and away from the foundation of a home then it could seep into the basement and cause flooding. Regular inspections and cleanings of both the gutters and downspouts can help to avoid such an issue.


A skylight offers tremendous benefits and an abundance of natural light within a home but they must be installed correctly. Unfortunately, leaks can occur around these areas and due to their usual locations, the water could damage a living area and tremendously disrupt a familys lifestyle before repairs are made.


Any size hole which develops in the roof is going to be an obvious problem. Whether the result of tree damage, hail, or something else, getting it covered and your home protected becomes an immediate priority. Following, the repair work or a full resurfacing may be necessary depending on the extent of any damage. One way to protect the property is to have trees with overhanging branches trimmed back or any which may fall onto the residence removed completely. 

Ice Dam

Being able to remove and prevent ice dam formations can help to avoid any resulting water damage during the winter months. Caused by freezing water on the eaves of a roofline impeding the flow and removal of melting snow or ice, these nuances can trigger water damage within the home. 


Regardless of your roofing material, no structure will last forever and weather conditions a surface is subject to after installation can cause the lifespan of a roof to vary. Most new materials will last twenty-five to thirty years under normal circumstances but age may be a culprit for some type of roof damage and an inevitable leak. If your current covering is over 30 years old then it may be time to consider a full replacement in order to continually protect your home for years to come.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we handle any and all roofing or gutter needs. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing gutter and roof installations, evaluations, and multiple other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or new construction project, if needed, as well as any type of inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are concerned about the effectiveness of your gutters, roof, or already have an issue, we are here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is available to handle any gutter construction, roofing job, or any potential damage analysis thought to be caused by severe weather for the purposes of insurance reporting. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate on any of the above mentioned projects!

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