If we could only give you one piece of advice about your roof, it would be this: Don’t wait too long to have it fixed! Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, and failing to take proper care of it could end up costing you thousands of dollars and even endangering your life and the lives of your family members. So this is no laughing matter. We hope this post helps you to see that and gives you the proper motivation to be ultra-vigilant when taking care of your roof.
Roof Problems Could Go From Bad to Worse
Simple problems could become much more involved if you put off getting them fixed. The fact is minor leaks don’t stay small for very long. All it takes is a passing storm or gust of the wind to exacerbate the situation and turn one small trickle into a massive gusher. The same goes for other problems, like missing shingles or mold and mildew growth. You may notice these issues and think they can be put off for a while because they’re only superficial; however, you’ll only be doing your roof a disservice because such problems can end up damaging your roof decking. And once your decking is damaged, fixing your roof becomes a whole lot more complicated. Bottom line: a simple roof repair could turn into a complete roof replacement if you wait too long.
Roof Problems Might Become Home Problems
Don’t just think of roof problems as external things! Because, before you know it, your entire home can become infected by its roof’s defects. Take leaks for example. While water leaking into your attic may not have a very noticeable effect on the rest of your home at first, once the water makes its way into your ceilings, things could get very ugly very fast. Water stains and bubbling paint could be the least of your problems if your ceilings contain electrical wiring. In this case, you could have a fire hazard on your hands if you don’t act quickly.
Home Problems May Beget Health Problems
Many potential health risks could also come from long term roof repair neglect. For instance, mold and mildew growth could spread throughout your home and contaminate the air you breathe. On a more basic level, water leaking from the ceiling might puddle on your floor and create a slipping hazard leading to serious injury. Even more serious is the risk of ceilings buckling due to oversaturation from leak water. The threat of part of your roof caving in on your loved ones ought to provide more than enough motivation for you to get those problems repaired sooner rather than later.
Don’t Forget Financial Issues
Let’s forget about all of the physical and structural problems for a moment and talk about cold hard cash. It’s just a simple fact that a full-scale roof replacement is a lot more expensive than a minor roof repair. But as we established above, the former is what you’ll be dealing with if you don’t take care of the latter in a timely fashion. On top of this, it will also be more expensive to deal with some of the side effects of roof problems, such as higher energy bills due to compromised insulation, the longer you wait to do so. Ultimately, when you consider the difference between paying a few hundred dollars now and thousands of dollars later, it’s plain to see that procrastinating roof repair is not financially responsible.
And Don’t Bank on Insurance to Bail You Out
You may be thinking you won’t have to deal with those financial issues because you have comprehensive insurance. We’re here to tell you it doesn’t matter how awesome your coverage is! If they find that your roof is in disrepair due to your neglectfulness, then they likely won’t be covering the cost of your roof replacement. Chances are a professional insurance adjuster will be able to sniff our your neglect from a mile away, especially if he or she is working in tandem with an expert roofing contractor. Neglect is simply too hard to hide, so you might as well not be neglectful in the first place.
Do you live in towns like Fresno, CA or Visalia, CA and need your roof repaired right away? Give Roof PROs Roofing a call at (559)408-6506 or click here to schedule a free estimate.