Spotting a water stain on your home’s ceilings can be quite worrying. If your roof is leaking, you’ll want to have it inspected right away, after all. A roof leak will only get worse if left unaddressed, which can result in costly water damage and roof repairs or replacement. However, in some cases, the issue may just be the result of condensation.

How to tell if it’s condensation

Condensation forms when moisture in the air comes in contact with a cold surface. So if you see water forming near or on your windows, it’s because they aren’t properly insulated and the moisture is forming as a result of the cold air coming through the glass.

Because of this, if you notice water forming in areas where there tends to be a lot of moisture, such as in the bathroom or kitchen, there’s a good chance that it is condensation and not the result of a roof leak. Condensation also tends to form around vents, light fixtures, skylights, and windows.

While the formation of condensation isn’t as bad as a roof leak, condensation within the home can still cause significant water damage over time and it’s something you’ll want to take care of. You can prevent condensation with proper insulation and ventilation. You’ll want to insulate your attic as well as any pipes in the attic that come into contact with warm air produced inside of your home.

How to tell if it’s a roof leak

Perform an inspection from the ground (don’t risk your safety by trying to get up on the roof) by circling around your property and visually checking your roof for potential damage. If you can see damaged or missing shingles on your roof, then there’s a good chance that the leak is originating from there.

You can also head up into your attic during a sunny day. If you can see sunlight coming through your roof into your attic, it means that there are leaks in your roof. If you suspect a roof leak, you’ll want to address it immediately.

If it’s just condensation, you’ll want to take steps to reduce the moisture within your home. However, if it’s a roof leak — or you’re not sure what the cause is — you’ll want to schedule an appointment with a professional roofing company in greater Cincinnati and Dayton – Titan Siding and Roofing! Be sure to contact us at 513- 755- ROOF to request a free estimate today.