Catching Early Signs of a Roof Leak

A properly installed shingle roof can last 15, 20 years – or more. However, once they start getting this type of age, they are constantly taking a beating from the elements. High winds/rain from storms, debris (tree branches), extreme summer heat, hail… all of these factors can play a role in weakening your roof over time.

But how do you know what to look for if the obvious isn’t happening? You can always contact the seasoned professionals at Clyde Nettles roofing, we’ll be happy to look at your roof and evaluate when and if it may need to be replaced or repaired. If you’re investigating yourself, here are some common indicators to pay attention to:


1. Ceiling spots, stains, mold or mildew
When moisture reaches the interior of your home, the obvious signs will begin to show. If it is a slow leak, it may take time for a stain or mildew to appear, but when they do, it’s time to investigate and act quickly before a small problem leads to something big.

2. Dark colored lines/stains on the rafters in the attic
Most times, unless there is immediate debris/storm damage, a roof leak starts slow in a particular area on your roof. This problem area will be so small that water “seeps” down into the substructure of the roof, and will follow the laws of physics and trickle down a rafter until it finds a spot where a drip or accumulation is possible. So if you notice a moisture stain on your ceiling, there is a good likelihood that the issue originated several feet away.


1. Your shingles are like your roof’s armor. Keep your eyes open for all of these possible signs that your roof may be compromised:

  • Buckling or curling shingles
  • Missing or damaged shingles
  • Debris on your roof (tree limbs, piles of leaves, etc)

Keep in mind that many times leaks will form around ventilation pipes, chimney flashing or where odd angles of complex roofs meet.

Contact the professionals at Clyde Nettles Roofing if you have any reason to believe your roof may be leaking. Most issues, if caught in time, can be corrected for a reasonable price. The longer the problem continues, the more damage the leak will cause to the sub-levels of your roof, the rafters, and the interior of your home. There is no other roofer in the state of South Carolina that has as much combined experience as the staff of Clyde Nettles, and we’ve built an incredible reputation of quality work and excellent customer service for over 72 years.

Contact us today with all of your roofing needs or questions :).

buckled shingles that could lead to a roof leak
ceiling moisture stain from a roof leak
Roof leaks can lead to ceiling stains, mold and mildew
Wind damage removed shingles from roof
Storm damage and debris on roof