Without a sufficient water and weather barrier above, everything in your house below is vulnerable to constant danger. Inadequate roofing and damaged siding pose numerous and potentially serious problems. This emphasizes the need to recognize when it’s time to repair outdated roofs.
Roof replacement isn’t something you want to do hastily, but it’s also not something you can put off. Timing is crucial when it comes to re-roofing your home as you must balance the desire to maximize the life of your existing roof with the need to avoid unnecessary damage.
Here are five risks and concerns that should urge every homeowner to replace their roof as soon as possible:
1. Water Damage
Allowing water to reach your roof might result in catastrophic damage to your home’s inside. You may believe that delaying a roof replacement will save you money, but you will really spend more in the long run on unnecessary repairs.
2. Health Risks
A leaking roof allows disease-carrying bugs into your attic. It will also attract mold and mildew, which can cause serious health issues. This is particularly harmful to those with respiratory difficulties. Call your roofing contractor if you see mold or mildew in your property.
3. Reducing Energy Efficiency
Roofs with poor insulation tend to lose heat faster in the winter. Quality shingles are important, but so is the roof deck beneath them. Roof leaks can clump, trap water or compress attic insulation. That diminishes its “R-value” and its ability to execute its job.
4. Roof Becomes a Liability
If someone goes on your roof, and loose shingles fall off, you may be accountable. In addition, your homeowner’s insurance may not cover the cost of new roofs. Claims are typically denied when you delay roof replacement. Finally, after the manufacturer’s warranty expires, you lose warranty protection and may be charged extra.
5. Lower Home Value
A worn-out roof not only looks ugly, but also performs poorly. Both of these factors can deter potential purchasers, making it difficult to sell your house at the intended price. Even if you sell it, the buyer may demand you to replace your roof, so you might as well fix it before listing your home.
Call Twin Cities Siding Professionals at (651) 967-0873, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free in-home evaluation and estimate. We serve customers in St. Paul and the surrounding communities.