When you look at your roof, you may find that the shingles appear to be fully intact, leaving you to believe your roof is still in pretty good shape. However, since water can seep into even the smallest cracks, you may have water leaking into the areas underneath the shingles and not even realize it. If you are concerned that this may be the case, look for the following signs that may indicate that you have hidden water seepage under your home's roofing shingles.
1. Roof Appears to Dip in Some Areas
Underneath your shingles, there is an underlayment that is typically constructed out of sheets of plywood. This underlayment not only gives the shingles something to grab onto and gives them their shape, but it also acts as another layer of protection against water if the shingles should break or blow off.
However, since the underlayment is made from wood, it is susceptible to deterioration if exposed to moisture over a long period of time. And, since the shingles trap the water against the wood, it takes a long time to dry out, which furthers the rotting process.
When the underlayment starts to rot, you may see areas on the roof that appear to dip down because the wood is no longer able to support its own weight or the weight of the shingles. Any areas that you notice dipping should be inspected by a roofer to see if this is the case.
2. Wood under the Eaves Is Water Stained or Rotting
Depending on the amount of water that is seeping underneath the wood, the wood under the eaves may also be subjected to water damage. If the water's volume is high enough, it may make its way down the underlayment where it can contaminate the eaves.
As the water collects on the eaves, you may be able to see the beginning of the damage in the form of waters stains. However, if the water has been flowing on the wood for some time, you may be able to push up on the eaves and feel that the wood is soft, indicating that they have begun to rot.
If you notice either or both of the above signs while inspecting your home's roof, there is a good possibility that you may have water seeping underneath the shingles. If you suspect that this may be the case, contact a roofing contractor so that they can inspect the roof and make any necessary repairs or replacements before the water starts leaking into your house.
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