Ignoring a leaking roof may be tempting because it doesn’t appear to be causing you all that much trouble. For now. We often get asked how urgent a leaking roof is and if it can wait. The truth is, delaying a leak fix will only cause you more headaches down the line. The repair job will get bigger, material costs will increase, the risks will worsen, and all this could be avoided by repairing the roof leak when you first noticed it. Let’s look at what may go wrong when you delay fixing a roof leak. ‘Minor leaks’ are your signal to call a professional roofer!
What Happens When You Neglect A Leaking Roof
A leaking roof is a serious risk that should not be brushed off lightly. There is a multitude of risks, some of which can be a danger to your household.
The moisture from a leaking roof causes mold to grow at a rapid rate, especially during the more humid months.
Mold can grow on the walls, on the ceiling, and in the attic which is not healthy for the people living in your home. Family members that struggle with allergies or suffer from asthma will be triggered by excessive amounts of mold growing in the home. Even if there are no chronic illnesses in the home. In cases where there is an extensive build-up of mold, HVAC systems are likely to blow mold organisms around the home which can irritate the lungs, eyes, nose, throat, and skin.
A leaking roof will saturate the insulation and it will need to be replaced. Wet insulation makes the roofing system heavy and puts pressure on the building and can cause structural damage. Trapped water in the insulation will break down the entire integrity of the roof including the decking.
Flashings and other metal materials used to secure your roof will eventually corrode and become weak. Wind-uplift will be reduced which presents further risks during hurricane season.
Increased Repair Costs
Neglecting a leaking roof for long periods of time will increase the cost of repairs when you eventually do get round to it. The size of the leak contributes to labor costs and materials because the bigger the leak, the greater amount of work will need to be done.
Aside from damaged insulation, the ceiling, wall paint, and electrics will be affected. Neglecting a leak will only cause the damage to spread. In a situation where the leak has destroyed the integrity of the roofing system, you may be looking at whole roof replacement.
One of the simplest ways to extend the lifespan of your roof is to prioritize regular maintenance. Through regular maintenance, you’re able to stay on top of any growing problems, like leaks.
Because leaks weaken the roofing system, other elements of the roof will start to break down too, like the shingles. Strong winds and heavy rain will affect and weakened roofs more rapidly than a well-maintained roof. Your roof has an estimated lifespan depending on the materials that are used, your location, weather elements, and of course, maintenance. Considering your roof as an investment in your home will ensure that you get many years of trust and safety from your roof.
Additionally, any sign of damage that is noticed and repaired quickly is the right way to go about getting the most from your investment. Calling experienced roofers to assess damage and repair cracked, or missing shingles, damaged insulation, and leaks will lessen the financial burden and give your family peace of mind.
Other risks of a leaking roof such as fire hazards can be avoided. Water dripping through your roof can damage electrical appliances and cause power outages. Stored boxes in the attic should be considered as a risk too. Long-term leaks have been known to cause an increase in energy bills in some homes because of hot air escaping during colder months, and cool air escaping during warmer months. Your HVAC system will have to work harder to keep the temperature of the home at a comfortable level.
Fix Your Leaking Roof Today!
The reality is that leaks do occur. One of the smartest ways of extending the lifespan of your roof is to take care of any issues; right away. If you suspect you have a leak in your roofing system, our best advice is to call a professional roofer as soon as possible. This guarantees that you avoid costly roof replacements, damage to other parts of your home, and putting your family’s health at risk.
If you’re looking for a roofing expert in the South Florida area, give AABCO Roofing a call today. One of our experienced roofers will give you a detailed assessment of the state of your roof and you can get that leak fixed. Call us on 954-426-8500 to find a branch near you!