3 Ways to Look For a Roof Leak

Of the many ways to diagnose a roof leak, climbing around on your own Tulsa-area home’s roof is not one of them. No roofing contractor wants to hear about homeowners injuring themselves from falls when professionals have the right safety gear and training to work at high heights. The three best ways to look for a roof leak involves very minimal risk to you, the property owner.


Visit your home’s attic, whether it is little more than a crawl space or large enough to move around in comfortably, to get a good view of your roof’s sheathing. The sheathing is the oriented strand board (OSB) or plywood that supports the roofing material. If you can see daylight between the cracks in the sheathing, you probably have a roof leak.

Now look directly underneath wherever you see daylight, for signs of water leak on the insulation and joists. Brownish, discolored spots on the wood and damp insulation are both sure signs of a roof leak.


More serious signs of roof leaks that have already gotten past the attic are discolored spots and stains on ceilings in the inhabited part of your Tulsa home. These might be pale at the center and rimmed in darker colors, or they could even show signs of black or green mold.

Be careful not to investigate these stains too vigorously, because the drywall of your ceiling could crumble around your finger if you poke too hard. Unless you are ready to bring down the drywall and replace it immediately, leave the evidence of a roof leak alone until after the roof is repaired.

Investigation Work

You can safely examine your home’s roof by using binoculars on the ground outside your home. This helps you see up close without treading on the roof itself. Visually scan the roof for these tell-tale signs:

  • Loose, damaged or missing shingles
  • Nail pops
  • Damaged or loose flashing (the metal bridging gaps between vertical surfaces and the shingles)
  • Missing siding on dormers

While the signs above are not conclusive signals that you do have a leak, they are all weak spots where leaks are likely.

Sometimes finding a roof leak is harder than fixing it. For the most reliable remedies for leaking roofs in the Tulsa area, turn to Perfection Roofing, Inc. Contact us today to learn how we can make repairs and prevent water leaks, mold, and mildew in your home.

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