If you have a brown water spot or a leaking roof, you may think it is no big deal. However, the truth is that if you continue to delay fixing your roof, you are taking the risk of it becoming a much more complicated problem in the future that can cost a lot more money to repair than if you initially fix it when you notice a small or minor leak. Here are ten risks that you should consider when deciding to put off a roof repair at your Boston, Massachusetts, home or office.
Growing Mildew and Mold
When you ignore a leaking roof, mildew, and mold may begin to grow. This can lead to serious issues as mold spores can cause health problems when inhaled. Many people may think that it will take some time before their roof starts growing mold, but it can take as little as a few days.
Damage to the Electrical System
If any part of your electrical system gets wet, it may become damaged. This also poses a risk of fires, electrical shocks, and damaged outlets and appliances. Let the team at Capital Construction inspect your roof and determine if it is time to repair or replace it in Boston, Massachusetts.
When a roof leaks, the homeowner may ignore the issue. However, the extent of damage may not be seen until a professional assesses the area of the leak. Therefore, if the homeowner continues to put off the leaking roof, it may worsen over time, leading to increasing costs to repair it.
While you may be under the impression that a minor roof leak isn’t worth worrying about and calling a contractor, small leaks can become huge issues. Therefore, when the rainwater continues to soak through your roof, it will begin spreading further and further. This will lead to increasing roof damage, which could eventually cause the roof to collapse.
A roof leak may cause water puddles to fill your walls and attic. When this happens, your insulation will most likely become wet and damaged. As a result, your home will feel cold and need more energy to keep it warm during the fall and winter months.
Your Home is Using More Energy Than Ever Before
When your insulation is ruined by water, you will have difficulty keeping your home comfortable. This means that you will need to use your HVAC system more often to ensure that you are cozy and warm, causing you to use more energy. Due to this, you will spend more on utility bills, and your HVAC system will need to be maintained and repaired more often.
The Home is Experiencing Insect and Rodent Issues
An older, damaged roof leads to issues with rodents and insects. Mice, squirrels, raccoons, and many other pests will find ways into your damaged roof and make it their home. As a result, they will begin to destroy your roof even more. For example, rodents chew on wood and leave their feces and urine everywhere. This will not only worsen your roofing issue, but it is toxic to you, your family, and visitors. In addition, it costs a lot of money to have a professional remove the insects and rodents and clean up your roof and attic space.
Decrease in Property Value
If you consider selling your home one day, a damaged roof will significantly reduce your property’s value. It could also delay potential buyers from choosing to buy your house, which could cause your home to sit on the market for a very long time. That said, if you want your home to sell quickly and for more money, you must repair or replace the roof.
Increasing Chances of Slips and Falls and Other Injuries
As your roof becomes more and more soaked, the water will start to fall on your floor. You, your children, or an elderly family member may not be aware of this, resulting in a slip and fall. This could lead to unnecessary doctor bills, and your floor could eventually show signs of water damage.
The Roof Will Age Faster Without Repairs
When a homeowner has a roof installed, it usually comes with a life expectancy. However, if your roof is damaged slightly, its life expectancy will drastically decrease. The roof will start aging quickly, meaning you must replace it sooner than expected. That said, you must address any roofing problems you see urgently, no matter how minor. Failing to do this will only cause you to need a new roof quicker.
How Do I Know If I Need a Roof Repair or Replacement?
It is important to know that not every roof problem means you need a total roof replacement. Sometimes, you may be able to save money by repairing or replacing a few shingles. However, to increase your chances of only needing a small repair, contact a professional contractor when you notice a leak or issue with your roof. The following are a few signs that may indicate you need a roof replacement instead of a roof repair:
Your shingles and roof surface are severely damaged.
More than half of your roof is showing signs of damage.
Your roof is old and outdated.
Your roof’s manufacturer warranty has expired.
You are thinking about selling your home.
Contact a Boston Area Roofer at Capital Construction to Repair or Replace Your Roof Today
If you believe your roof might need a repair or replacement, please contact a professional roofer from Capital Construction as soon as possible. We will thoroughly inspect your roof and determine which option may be best for you. However, you mustn’t procrastinate, which can lead to serious consequences if you wait too long. To learn more about our roofing services, contact our team to schedule an appointment. We serve Boston and surrounding areas in Massachusetts. We have more than two decades of experience serving clients in the Boston area. You can put your trust in our team.