The easiest thing to do when you have a leaky roof is put out a bucket. However, in the long run, this will end up costing you more. The cost to repair the roof is only a drop in the bucket compared to the expense of fixing resultant problems. You’ll need a professional to find and fix the causes of roof leaks before it ends up costing more.
Problems & results of a neglected roof:
- Mold: One of the more serious results of a leaky roof, mold can lead to weakening of a home’s structure, serious health conditions and/or allergic reactions. A big concern with mold that results from a leaky roof is that the spores can spread through a home via the HVAC unit, where it can infest the carpet, furniture, clothes, wooden floors, a home’s framing, ceiling tiles, wall coverings and toys.
- Structural Damage: A leaking roof will eventually lead to damage of the ceiling joists, wall framing, rafters, exterior trim and fascia boards. When wood collects enough water over time, the wood will weaken and deteriorate. Additionally, a leaky roof can lead to peeling paint, damaged ceiling materials and buckled wall coverings. Eventually, a leaky roof can pose a great danger to those inside the building.
- Energy Loss: Utility bills can reflect the problems of your leaky roof. Roof insulation materials take a long time to dry when they are wet, and insulation is only effective when it is dry. As a result, even a minor leak that is fixed quickly can still cause your home to lose precious heat or cool air. A continuous roof leak will deteriorate insulation and cause its R-value (its resistance to temperature change) to lower. Consequently, it will take more energy to cool or heat a home and keep it at the temperature you want.
Give us a call at 585-303-3478 if you have leaks that need attention.