Is your roof looking a bit worse for wear? Perhaps there are sections where shingles are missing, or maybe you've even noticed an area where it's beginning to buckle. It's not uncommon for homeowners to put off roofing repairs. After all, they can get pretty expensive. However, it's almost always in your best interest to replace or repair your roof sooner rather than later -- even if that means taking out a loan or paying a little more for a higher-end roofing company that's available sooner. If you don't repair your roof promptly, you could end up facing any of these more costly, concerning problems.
Termites are most commonly seen in the lower level structures of a home, like the foundation and basement. However, subterranean termites are highly attracted to dead and decaying wood. This type of termite lives in colonies below ground, but they travel to the areas where decaying wood is located to feed. They may build "mud tubes" up to your roof through the chimney or even between your walls in order to reach your roof, which they see as a valuable food source.
Subterranean termites can be very difficult to eradicate. Once they begin feeding on the decaying wood in your roof, they may also move into other structures throughout the home. You'll then need to work with a pest control company to get rid of them before you have a new roof put into place, which can be very costly and time-consuming. It's better to replace the decaying roof before termites find it.
Water Damage to Insulation
Hopefully, your attic is well insulated to keep your energy bills under control. If your roof is not repaired or replaced promptly, it will most certainly begin leaking -- and those wet leaks will moisten the insulation. Once insulation is wet, it no longer does a good job of blocking heat transfer, so you will need to replace it.
Replacing insulation is not the most expensive home improvement project, but it is time-consuming. And unrolling batts of fiberglass insulation beneath a low attic ceiling is not easy! To further complicate matters, you don't want to replace the insulation until your roof is repaired (it will just get moist, too), so you will have to deal with decreased energy efficiency in the meantime.
Water leaking in through a damaged roof also causes another serious issue: mold growth. Mold thrives anywhere moist and warm, and the attic beneath a leaking roof certainly meets that definition. Not only will your insulation itself become moldy, but you'll probably get mold growth on the walls and floor of your attic.
Mold in the home greatly reduces air quality, leading to asthmatic symptoms and allergies. Some kinds of mold even cause homeowners to feel nauseous. Cleaning mold off of porous surfaces like wooden beams is no easy feat and is often best left to professionals. The mold will just keep coming back until you repair the roof to cut off the source of moisture.
When your roof has been in disrepair for some time, especially if you can see the structure beginning to sag, there is a risk that it will collapse. Obviously, this poses a major threat to everyone in the home. And your homeowner's insurance may not even cover the damage if it's obvious you knew the roof was in bad shape and yet did nothing about it.
Some signs that collapse is likely include creaking noises coming from the roof and sagging door frames. If you notice these signs, get out of the house and find somewhere else to stay until your roof has been repaired or replaced. Of course, you're better off repairing the roof before it gets to this point in the first place. For more information, contact companies like Stevens Roofing Corporation.Share
18 July 2017
I spent weeks researching metal and shingle roofing to try to figure out what would be the best material to use on my home. I weighed the costs, the length of life, the amount of maintenance required and how well each type would hold up to high winds and strong storms. After compiling all of the information that I needed to make an educated decision about the roofing for my home, I created a blog. This blog is meant to help other homeowners decide which roofing material would be best for their homes now and many years into the future.