You’ve come home from work, only to find a water spot on your ceiling. You hope it’s not a big problem, but the truth is water spots are just one sign of roof damage. Instead of putting off that repair call, you should take action right away. Here’s why:
Protect Your Health
Living under a damaged roof can lead to a variety of health issues. The moisture that’s trapped inside the house can cause an outbreak of mold. While mold might not seem like a big problem, it spreads very quickly in damp, dark places such as the crawlspace or your attic. Mold can cause coughing, headaches, or in extreme cases, respiratory problems.
The most common sign of mold? Finding those troublesome water spots. Ignoring the risks of roof damage can cause many long term effects for more than just your home.
Prevent Roofing Collapse
Since the roof is a crucial part of any structure, the longer you wait, the greater the damage. If water becomes trapped in the house, your support beams will start to absorb it, and rot later on. If the rot continues, and no repairs are made, the overall structure of the roof is compromised and can start to collapse.
Not only is this damaging your home, but it creates extremely dangerous living conditions. The heightened risks simply aren’t worth it. Your home should be a place of comfort and protection. Worrying about whether or not your roof can support itself is the last thing your family needs.
Maintain Your Home’s Value
If you’re thinking of putting your house on the market with a damaged roof, think again. A damaged roof is going to depreciate its overall value. In the real estate market, most homeowners don’t want to move somewhere that needs repairs, especially something as costly as a new roof. You’ll likely have to repair it before any transaction occurs, or risk failing your house inspection. Plus, the appearance of water stains and warped floors isn’t appealing to potential buyers. By pushing back the repairs, you’re reducing the overall value of your home.
Overall Higher Costs
Ultimately, ignoring roof damage will just increase repair costs. Untreated roof damage not only leads to new problems but will also increase your energy bills. A supported roof provides necessary insulation that protects your home. Without that protection, extreme weather changes can affect heating and cooling in your house. Repairing your roof doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re ready to get started but want a better idea of how much it will cost to replace your roof and how to budget your repair, check out our roof cost estimator. All you have to do is select your roof style, square footage, material, and brand, and we’ll provide an estimate.