Installing a roof is a job that costs a lot of money. However, the temptation when you do this job is to simply leave it alone after it is installed. However, this is not a good idea. Like any other structure in your home, a roof needs occasional maintenance or repair. You might be thinking you are saving money, time and effort, but in reality, you are going to cost yourself more money in the long run.
Neglecting a roof in need of repair or replacement has both long-term and short-term effects. In this blog post, we will discuss all of them and hopefully show you why replacing or repairing your roof as soon as it starts to fail is important. Perhaps we will even manage to save you some time, money and effort in the end.
Leaking Like a Sieve
The first adverse effect of neglecting your roof is leakage. Even tiny blemishes on the roof’s surface can allow water to get inside. If you catch these little leaks early, you can repair the roof and correct the problem. However, if you simply neglect the problem, it will only intensify over time, becoming more and more of a hassle until you are forced to replace the roof. If you have a multi-layered roof, you might not even notice the leakage. However, it is there, and leaks only expand over time, allowing more water through.
Increased Costs of Energy
Nobody wants to pay more to heat or cool their building. However, if you neglect your roof, that is exactly what you will be doing. Even if your roof was air-tight at first, punctures, blisters and other damages can cause you to lose that protection.
With the roof’s surface damaged, both heated and cooled air can easily leak away, which will cause you to pay more on energy costs than you would’ve otherwise had to.
If you neglect your roof for an extended period of time, you are bound to have problems with water damage. The insulation within the roofing system in those areas gets destroyed. Then mold starts to grow, and everyone in the house starts getting sick from inhaling mold and mildew.
Fixing the problem now costs three times more money than it would have, had you caught it early, and your entire family must move out. You will find yourself always wondering if you got all the mold out.
It may be tempting to ignore the damage to your building’s roof until something goes wrong. However, this is an incredibly bad idea. If you fix the problem early enough, you won’t have to worry about mold, mildew, water damage or any of the other effects of a neglected roof.