MADISON (ANGIE'S LIST/WKOW)--In this week's Angie's List report, four signs of a leaky roof. To say the month of April has been a wet one in Wisconsin, might be an understatement and all those April showers can you leave you with water damage.
Homeowner Matt Cairns says it happened to him. After a hard rain, he checked out his finished attic and noticed water stains around the skylight. He knew it was going to be a problem he would have to address, but didn't expect an urgent roofing repair.
"The next night it rained hard again and I came up here and the spot had gotten way worse," Cairns said. "I was able to just stick my fingers right through the drywall. I knew I needed to get some attention on this pretty quickly."
Your roof is your home's number one defense against the elements. No part plays a bigger role in keeping the elements out, so when a roof requires repair, there's little time to waste.
"Inspecting your roof regularly will help you determine if there are leaks from your roof," Angie Hicks, with Angie's List said. "You want to be sure to check a leak and fix it as quickly as possible because if you don't it can lead to structural damage in your home and also mold, which can turn into a costly repair."
When it comes to your roof and leaks, Angie's list says there are four things to keep in mind.
"Curling shingles, broken shingles, missing flashing and areas where water may be pooling on your roof," Hicks added.
"Regularly scheduled maintenance is very important on a roof, general roof life span can be 25-30 years, but you need to get someone out there very 5 years or so just to make sure your roof is okay," Justin Vorbrooker, a roofing company operations manager said. "That you're not missing any shingles you didn't notice or missing any granule loss."
Angie says though your situation might seem like one of desperation, avoid settling on the first contractor who comes along and offers to do the job.
"Keep in mind when hiring a roofing contractor you want to have a reputable company, someone who is going to stand behind it," Hicks said. "Your roof will last a long time, you don't want someone working on it who is not going to be able to stand behind their work."
So, if you find someone who is coming door-to-door after a storm, say no. Do your research and hire a company on your own, Hicks recommends.
"My personal policy is to always get at least two and ideally three quotes, three estimates on what the problem might be," Cairns said.
Roofing experts say shingles are manufactured with extra granules. You will have granule loss over the years, but if you see more granules than normal under your downspouts after a storm that is a cause for concern.