When it comes to home improvement, you have a lot of choices. Things age out of usefulness or simply fall out of style. Yet, some home improvements are more pressing than others.
Take your roof, for example. Some people enjoy a full 15 or 20 years of life out of their roof without a problem. Yet, all kinds of things can cause minor or major damage to your roof, including wind, falling limbs, and hail.
Some damage on your roof might not seem like a big deal, but it is. Keep reading for five reasons not to delay a roof replacement.
- Mold and Mildew
Even if your just springs a small leak, that can dump a lot of extra moisture into your attic space. On top of that, attic spaces are often the warmest part of your home. Add moisture to darkness and heat, it’s a recipe for mold and mildew.
When you start delaying roof replacement, it gives the mold and mildew time to grow. You can find yourself paying for mold remediation as well as a new roof down the road.
- Water Damage
If you don’t affect repairs quickly, a small leak can turn into a big leak. Those leaks can cause all kinds of water damage to the walls, insulation, ceilings, and personal property. That, in turn, can mean major disruptions in your life as you get repairs inside the house and get a new roof.
- Structural Damage
Delaying roof repairs or replacement can even cause structural damage or even damage internal systems, like your electrical system. These kinds of structural and internal system damage can end up costing far, far more than the initial roof repair or replacement.
If water does come in contact with your wiring, it can even trigger house fires from sparking and shorts.
Any gap in your roofing creates opportunities for pests. You might see a sudden increase in insect activity in your home or even develop a rodent problem over time. That can mean dealing with pest removal costs and replacing damaged personal property in addition to what the roof replacement company will charge
Homeowner’s insurance will typically cover damage, but it’s not a guarantee if you don’t take swift action to replace a roof or get a roof repair after it’s damaged. The insurance company might determine that the delay caused more extensive damage and deny your claim.
Don’t Delay Roof Replacement
Roof damage may not look that bad at first glance, but it is firmly in the category of problems that only get worse with time. It can leave you dealing with mold and mildew problems, pest infestations, water damage, and even structural damage. All of those problems will add serious additional costs on top of the roof replacement itself.
Beyond all that, roof damage is an unsightly problem that detracts from the curb appeal of your home.
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