The Dangers of Leaving Roof Leaks Unaddressed
As a homeowner, one of the worst things you can find is water leaking from your ceiling. Whether you are at home when the leak begins, or discover it later in the day, a roof leak is not going to go away by itself. Your leak will eventually worsen and become costly to repair. That is why it is important to take immediate action to avoid further damage to your home.
Attic Damage- When water seeps through your roof the first place of impact is your attic. Your attic is prone to damage because it is the closest thing to your roof. If you are utilizing your attic space for storage space then the items being stored can become severely damaged due to roof leaks.
Ceiling Damage– When water seeps through your attic, the next destination is your ceiling. If impacted with water over time, ceiling paint can darken and plaster can sag. Leaking water from your ceiling will also damage ceiling lights and fans.
Mold & Mildew- One of the most serious problems with a leaky roof is the growth of mold and mildew. Mold is detrimental and can spread throughout the structure of your home, into your AC system, your vents, and also invade your carpet, furniture, and clothing. Once this process begins mold is extremely difficult and costly to remove from. Mold and mildew can also lead to serious health issues especially to those with preexisting conditions like dementia, asthma, nasal congestion, or inflammation.
High Utility Cost- If you wait a long period to repair a roof leak, water intrusion will severely deplete your insulation. When your insulation is depleted, your home loses a significant amount of hot and cool air resulting in higher utility bills.
The integrity of your home- Chronic roof leaks ultimately damage the integrity of your home ultimately weakening the structure. Excess moisture leads to wood deterioration and rotten framing. Spongy wood can result in peeling paint, damaged ceilings, and buckled covered walls.
Roof Advance is Southeast Michigan’s leading roofing company with over 20 years of experience. If you spot a leak in your home give us a call immediately! To book your free inspection visit our website or give us a call at (734) 547-6164.