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How to Check Your Roof from Inside Your Home

Tips on how to check your roof from inside your house

We’ve told you before that most homeowners don’t pay enough attention to their roofs. There it is, the thing that protects the house from wind, rain and cold, and when’s the last time you gave it a second thought?

OK, we know. Roofs tend to not need too much attention. So, who would bother to head outside, especially at this time of year, to inspect something that is probably doing just fine, as it has for as long as you can remember.

Except now is a great time to check for moisture damage that may be caused by a roof leak or poor attic ventilation. The cool temperatures of fall mean moisture doesn’t evaporate as quickly as in summer’s heat. Roof leaks aren’t usually huge, obvious things where you actually see water pouring in. Instead, the majority of them are relatively slight and might go unnoticed for years.

In the summer, it can be more difficult to spot these sorts of leaks because the water from rain might evaporate before you’ve had a chance to find the leak. But in the fall, the water will stay around longer and potentially get deeper into your home.

And that’s why it’s important to inspect you roof from inside your home. Or at least inspect your home for signs that there might be a roof leak or attic ventilation problem that’s causing enough moisture build-up to start damaging you house.

1. Check the Ceiling

We mean get up close and personal with it. Use a step ladder and closely check the ceiling on the top floor of your house for signs of water damage or staining. Those signs can be very subtle, maybe just a small bump on the ceiling, or slight discolouration, so investigate anything that doesn’t seem right.

2. Check the Attic

Again, this should be a close-up inspection of all the nooks and crannies. Look for signs of moisture, and/or mold growth. Also be sure to check your insulation for signs of dampness. The R-value of fiberglass batt insulation is reduced by moisture.

If you find any moisture stains on your ceiling or signs of moisture in your attic, your work has just begun. You may want to get an expert analysis and advice from a trusted roofing repair company. So give us a call here a Chouinard Bros., we’ll be happy to answer your questions

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