Small water stains on the ceilings can occur when the snow starts to melt, or when a heavy rainfall comes quickly, but you need to get even the smallest markings examined by a roofing contractor. You don't want to wait until you have water flooding in to make the call.

The roofing contractor can examine the current condition of your shingles, and roofing structure to see what the problem is. Here are a few things you want to ask the contractor about and consider to prevent the issue from reoccurring.

Insulate

You want to insulate directly under the roof, and you want insulate under the attic floor as well. This helps keep water that could leak from the roof from getting into the attic, and into the attic floor. The insulation under the attic flooring will stop the air from leaving the house, which can cause condensation inside the attic and cause moisture problems.

Ventilate

If ventilation is a problem in the attic, you'll end up with ice dams on the roof. This is where ice forms and then prevents run off, and it causes damages to the shingles. The water can't get past the ice, and may penetrate the roof. With proper ventilation, you don't have to worry about the ice dams forming.

The roofing contractor may suggest that you add an attic fan, or a roofing gable to let air move in and out freely. The fan can also help pull hot air out in the summer, to lower water costs.

Replace Shingles

If the roofing contractor thinks the shingles are the problem, you may want to replace the shingles with a more reliable roofing option. Metal panels are a great long lasting waterproof option that interlocks together, so you don't have to worry about water problems. The metal is impermeable and low maintenance.

On the interior of the home, you will want to paint over the water stains. First use a latex-based paint that will kill any mold that may be developing from the water. Then you'll want to go over the sealant with a ceiling paint, and you won't know that the water damage was ever there.

Have the roofing contractor examine the amount of water damage that occurred, to see if you need to replace any of the wiring or drywall between the ceiling and the attic, to prevent more damages with your components of your home. To learn more, contact a company like Lengacher Roofing with any questions you have.

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