Roof damage can happen at any time, but any time is never a good time. Whether your roof is damaged by: heavy rains, branches falling, aging shingles, or hail, roof leaks can allow damaging moisture into your home, and create major problems. Unfortunately, roof leak coverage is not a standard option on all home warranties. More times than not, it is offered as an add-on option for standard or premium coverage. While this can be helpful information, it really might not be useful at present, especially if your roof is leaking. So, why are roof leaks such bad news for your home? In this article we will share with you how damaging roof leaks can really be, and why you should take care of them sooner rather than later.
Even if the leak in your roof is a minor one, it can still cause major damage. This is because any roof leaks can lead to water in your home. Which can damage ceilings, damage insulation, rot out your framing and sheathing, and even be a factor in mold growing in your home. Therefore, even the smallest roof leak should be fixed immediately. Don’t wait for that major storm to remind you that you have a problem. Roof leaks will never go away on their own and only get worse over time. So, it’s best to be proactive and get them fixed as soon as they are discovered.
Roof leaks are often caused by any number of problems. This can include bad or leaking pipe flashing, problems with step flashing or valleys, ice dams, built-up snow, blown off or missing shingles, or that large branch that fell on your roof. It’s best when you notice a problem, to call out a professional who can diagnose the extent of the damage and best inform you on how you should go about fixing the problem.
Fixing your roof can sometimes get expensive. This is just another reason why it’s best to take care of the problem early on. If you catch a leaking roof early, you can pay as little as $300 to repair it. However, if you wait and let the problem continue to grow, you could pay as much as $2000. And this would just be for the roof alone. This wouldn’t include the cost to fix rotted out walls, insulation, rusted pipes, or cleaning out the mold. Thankfully, if your damage has gotten to this point, there are ways you can save your money on certain repairs. For instance, faux wall panels can be used to replace your current walls and will help to prevent further mold, mildew, and water damage in the future. This is because faux wall panels are specifically built to keep out such things. Unfortunately, it’s still an extra cost that you have to dish out because you weren’t proactive.
If you are worried about having to pay for a leaking roof, or extensive damage, your first line of defense is to then maintain a healthy roof. One of the first things you can do to help prolong the life of your roof is to keep it clean. Debris can lead to rot and damage. So, be sure to keep gutters, downspouts, and skylights clean and free of any debris. Also, remove out algae, mildew, and moss from your roof as they can lead to shingle decay.
You can also inspect the exterior of your roof. Check to see if there are any signs of damage. Things you should be looking for are loose shingles, missing or cracked tiles, as well as loose flashings. It may be best to hire professional, as they may be able to better identify any problems. Also, do an internal inspection. This means checking your attic for stains, look for fungus or algae, and inspect any exposed metal for rust.
Finally, make sure you keep the trees around your roof trimmed so in the event of a storm, you won’t have any large branches falling on your roof. This will also discourage pests like squirrels and raccoons from climbing onto your roof. Also, in the winter months, make sure that you carefully remove snow. Snow can accumulate and lead to a roof collapse, causing major damage. So, use a snow rake to carefully pull snow off of your roof to avoid further damage.
Your roof is one of the first lines of defense of your home. It protects your home against storms and keeps you safe, dry, and warm. So, return the favor and make sure you’re keeping your roof leak free, happy, and healthy.