You’ve probably heard roofing contractors like ourselves refer to roof maintenance and timely repairs as essential to your roof’s upkeep without explaining why. In the first part of this two-part blog series, we present the dangers of postponing roof repairs.
A leaking roof causes far more damage than stained ceilings or soaked carpets. Consider that most of the roof is made of wood – the rafters, the trusses and the decking material among others – and will readily absorb any form of moisture. Combined with exposure to outdoor temperature changes, the wood will warp and rot, leading to a crooked roofline and severe structural damage to the roof itself. In such severe cases, the entire roof structure will likely need to be rebuilt. Having the leak fixed as soon as it is detected can help you avoid such unplanned roof replacements.
Water intrusion can also damage attic insulation. Most types of insulating materials used in attics tend to clump when wet, which is detrimental to the overall attic energy efficiency. Getting roof companies to fix the leak will cost a fraction of a full roof replacement and reapplication of attic insulation.
Water in the attic doesn’t readily evaporate, resulting in a moist environment that encourages mold and mildew growth. Postponing roof repairs will provide enough time for these growths to spread indoors and increase the level of indoor air pollutants. In addition to unpleasant smells, mold and mildew can trigger allergies, cause food spoilage and damage curtains, clothing and other fabrics.
Vulnerability to Storms
Even the smallest issues can get bigger when a storm hits your area – strong winds force rainwater into every small crevice, including gaps on the roof’s edge, loose shingles and existing holes. By the time a storm subsides, you’d end up with a roof that’s in worse condition than it should have been, which would have been prevented with timely repairs. A well-maintained roof will also give you the peace of mind knowing that your family will be warm and dry in the middle of a storm.
In our next installment, we discuss what timely roof repair conducted by professional roofers can do for your home. In the meantime, to learn more about our roofing services, call Roofing by Curry today at (941) 270-4770, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free estimate. We serve many areas in and near Sarasota.