Wet Spot On Your Roof? What It Means And What You Should Do

If you see a wet spot on your roof, it probably isn't an optical illusion, the wet spot is most likely a soft spot on your roof. Water may have soaked in through the shingles and into the wood sheeting below. If this is the case, you may even have a leak in your attic. If you see a wet spot, it's time for an inspection. Read on for what you need to do.

Inspect The Roof

Get up onto your roof for a closer inspection. If the wet spot is a very large area, you'll want to do this very carefully as you could fall through your roof and injure yourself. Take a look at the shingles and what shape they're in. If they all look shiny as if they have lost their granules, are missing shingles, or if the wet spot is very large, it may be in your best interest to have your entire roof replaced. The age of your roof should also be a factor when thinking of repairing or replacing your roof. If your roof is older than 20 year old, replace the roof rather than repair it.

Inspect Your Attic

Look inside your attic for water stains on the rafters in your attic. Also feel the insulation for wet spots, or look for mold on the insulation. White marks on the rafters or mold and mildew on the rafters means moisture was present. If you see any of these things, it may be due to a leaky roof. You'll need to make the repair to your roof right away to prevent further water damage to your home.

Make The Repair

If you've spotted a water spot on your roof, you're going to need to get the roof repaired. Hire a residential roofing service to make the repair for you if you aren't sure how to do the repair yourself. If you want to tackle the project yourself, be sure to have someone helping you, as the pieces of sheeting can be heavy. 

  1. Remove the damaged shingles around the entire wet spot. Also remove the sheeting below. Do this by using using a saw to cut out the wet spots.
  2. Replace the piece of sheeting and screw or nail it into place. Add tar paper over the top of the sheeting to help protect your roof.
  3. Add new shingles nailing them into place. You'll need to remove some of the nails holding the shingles above the damaged area to slide the shingles below into place, then re-nail those shingles in place.

If you have water damage to your roof, replace it immediately to prevent further water damage and mold. Hire a professional roofer for help inspecting your roof and making the repair for you