Building An Addition: A Homeowner's Guide

3 Key Reasons You Should Not Put Off Roof Repair

by Toni Richards

Replacing and repairing a roof is not an inexpensive or fast task. It can be costly, and it can take time. As such, the top two excuses why people put off having roof repairs or replacement are a lack of money and a lack of time. Unfortunately, repairing or replacing a roof is a task that should never be put off. If your roof is in need of repair, here are the top three reasons why you should make it a point to have those repairs or the replacement done promptly. 

1. Water Damage Can Happen

The number one reason why you should not put off roof repair is that water damage can occur if a roof needs repair or replacement. Water can seep in through small cracks or crevices in the roof. This can damage your roof material, the roof sheathing or decking, or the materials underneath the roof. The water can also seep into your home, causing damage to your ceiling or a water leak in your home. Having a roof repaired or replaced timely minimizes or prevents water damage from happening. 

2. Mold Can Develop

Another reason why you will want to have roofing repairs or replacement done quickly is that mold can develop. If moisture is present, mold can begin to form on both the exterior and interior of the roof. Mold that forms on the underside of your roof is in your home. This can cause it to spread quickly. Not only is mold costly to remove from a home, but it also can affect your family's health and well-being. 

3. Pest Problems Can Occur

The last reason why you will want to have roof repair or replacement done promptly is to help prevent pest problems. If your roof is missing shingles, has cracks in it or has other problems, pests can make a home in these spaces or enter your home through these spaces. It is typically dark and moist, making it ideal for many different types of pests. And some pests can actually cause further damage to your roof when they build a nest or home on or near the damaged part of your roof, further accelerating the damage on your roof. 

If your roof needs to be repaired or replaced, contact a roofing service today. They can take a look at your roof and determine what repairs are needed, or whether replacement is the best option for you. Contact one today for an inspection and estimate.