Your shingle roof is supposed to help protect your Des Moines area home from the rain (along with other potentially damaging elements, of course); however, leaks can happen for any number of reasons.

It’s why you should be on the lookout for any signs of leaks on a regular basis, especially following particularly heavy storms.

Signs You May Have Roof Leaks

The following are a few signs that you have a leaky roof. You can look for these signs outside by simply walking around the exterior of your property. Never go up on the roof in search of potential leaks. Not only is doing so a huge safety risk, but you could end up causing damage to your shingles, which could result in new leaks that you wouldn’t have had otherwise.

  • Missing shingles – If you see areas on your roof where shingles are missing, it means that space is much more vulnerable to potential leaks if a leak hasn’t developed there yet.


  • Curling or buckling shingles – Shingles that are curling or buckling may be doing so because of water absorption. Not only could there be a leak there, but that area of the roof will be more prone to larger leaks as well.


  • Overflowing gutters – If you notice water building up in your gutters and flowing over sides during or after a rainfall, it means that something is clogging your gutter system. It also means that there’s a chance that the water that’s building up in your gutters is leaking in through your roof.


  • Loose granules – If you find loose granules on the ground around your home or you have your gutters cleaned and the person cleaning them finds granules in the gutters, it means that your shingles are reaching the end of their life and are likely to be more prone to potential leaks.


  • Dark spots on the roof – Dark spots on the roof indicate that moisture has soaked through and is likely leaking into the underlayment and potentially into your home. Those dark spots could also potentially be a sign of rot caused by overexposure to moisture.


If you notice any of these signs, you’ll want to have your roof inspected by a professional roofer in Des Moines right away. Here at Vanweelden, we offer free roof inspections and will identify if there are any leaks. Contact us at VanWeelden in Des Moines to schedule an appointment today.

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