Whether it’s a small leak or a major structural problem, roofing experts strongly recommend calling for professional roof repair services at the first sign of a problem. Why the strong sense of urgency? What makes roof problems of any scale such a high priority issue? Here are a few reasons why roof issues need to be jumped on asap.
Avoid Damage to the Roof Structure
Rainwater in the attic can cause many problems. For one, the attic insulation will start to clump up and create holes that allow indoor heat to escape. This can potentially increase your home’s energy consumption by pushing your HVAC system to compensate. Excessive moisture can also be absorbed by the rafters, ceiling joists, wall framing and even the decking material itself, leading to rot and permanent damage that typically results in warped rooflines and even a complete collapse.
A roof replacement addresses issues like water intrusion. However, having it replaced by a trusted roofing company while the trusses, rafters and roof deck are in good shape means you won’t have to spend extra on having the roof rebuilt from scratch. And if the insulation is still in good shape, that may yet result in more savings.
Minimize Chances of Damage to the Foundation
The problem with leaks is that they just go everywhere, and there’s no predicting which part of the house the water will reach. In some cases, the leak starts collecting in the basement area, which, if left unnoticed, can get absorbed by the concrete pillars that form the foundation.
This is the exact reason gutters are installed around the roof perimeter in the first place. Concrete readily absorbs water. If this continuously happens, the pillars will become spongy and crumble over time, leading to a partial or full collapse of the house. Even if your gutters are well-maintained, but the concrete still gets exposed to water from elsewhere – flooded basements in this case – the chances of developing structural issues are high.