Waiting to fix a roof problem is like playing Russian Roulette - inevitable with no sense of timing. Even with small issues, it's only a matter of time before it becomes so big it affects the entire roof system and causes expensive repairs. Read on to learn how you can avoid the five most common (and costly) scenarios that can happen if you ignore roof damage warning signs.
Catch Roof Problems Early
Think of your roof like a puzzle – all the components fit together to form one watertight layer that protects your home from the elements. When a piece of that puzzle is missing, it opens the whole system to damage from water, wind, UV rays, etc.
That's why it's so important to get your roof inspected at the first sign of damage!
Catching roof problems early can significantly reduce the repair bill and save you the headache of having to get your whole roof replaced.
Ignoring Roof Problems Is Costly & Dangerous
We get it; your roof is probably not the most exciting home maintenance project. In fact, you probably rarely think about it. If you own a two-story home, you may never even see it!
But just because it's out of sight doesn't mean it should be out of mind.
The easiest way to avoid problems? Get your roof professionally inspected at least twice a year – once in the spring and once in the fall. Just like an annual checkup for your health, a roof inspection will prevent costly problems, extend the life of your roof, and give you peace of mind that your home is fully protected.
And speaking of problems… what can you expect if you ignore roof problems? Here are the five most common scenarios homeowners will face.
1. Roof Damage Gets Worse
Most roof problems start small. You might notice a missing shingle or two, and while it may seem like no big deal from the outside, what you can't see is all the damage underneath. Once water enters your roof and damages the underlying materials, it causes a whole mess of expensive problems.
2. Roof Leaks Lead to Mold Growth
Mold needs moisture, nutrients, and warmth to grow. A functioning roof system stops water from entering and prevents mold growth. However, when missing shingles or other roof damage allow water to enter your roof, it becomes the perfect environment for mold to grow and thrive.
Mold is one four-letter word that homeowners don't want to hear and for good reason! It's gross, can cause health problems, and it causes unrepairable damage – replacing the structural components becomes the only solution.
3. Costly Repairs
If your roof has an active leak, it's only a matter of time before other parts of your roof system become damaged as well. That's because water from just one damaged area can travel 8-10 feet away from the source in any direction. In most cases, roof leaks damage the structural components of a roof like the rafters and sheathing and everything below it like insulation and drywall. The cost to replace these items adds up quick!
4. Roof Problems Lead to Full Roof Replacement
Residential roofs are designed to last 25-30+ years. Waiting to fix small roof problems can easily lead to significant issues that require a full roof replacement.
5. Resale Value of Home
Your home's roof makes up about 50% of your curb appeal. If you have a roof problem, it can delay the selling process significantly. A house with known roof problems gives the impression that other costly issues exist in the home. Many homebuyers won't even consider touring a home with a known roof issue.
When was the last time you had your roof checked?
The easiest (and least expensive!) way to keep your roof in tip-top shape and avoid problems is by scheduling a roof inspection at the first sign of damage OR every spring and fall.
If it's been a while, reach out to our team today! Our roof inspections are fast, easy, and free. Click here to schedule online or give us a call at (208) 745-9002 today and make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more tips on taking care of your home.